The Ex-Files
Jane Moore
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The Ex-Files

Jane Moore
336 pages
August 2003
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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An up-and-coming beautiful model, Faye Parker is about to get married to her boyfriend Mark. The locale is exotic and expensive, but it’s the unusual guest list that takes the cake. Both the bride and groom decide to invite their exes to the wedding, along with family and friends, and as expected, things soon get heated. As the big day draws nearer, tension mounts as everyone keeps advising Faye and Mark how unsuited they are to each other, only the couple in question don’t seem to either see it or mind it. But it’s Tony, Mark’s older brother, who’s the most insistent one of all, and he has good reason to be.

As the narrative progresses, readers are taken on a flashback as both Faye and Mark re-live their varied dating experiences, culminating with their meeting and falling for each other. Readers get to know why they are the people they are today and bond with them. And ultimately, the readers, too, end up feeling that Faye and Mark aren’t right for each other, being so totally opposite and hence unsuited. So now the tantalizing question becomes: will these two marry despite all the persevering opposition, or are there some surprises in store?

Jane Moore’s contemporary chick-lit tale follows the path spectacularly blazed before by so many other such books and novelists, and though it tries hard, it’s never as charming or exciting as its predecessors. Faye comes across as a self-absorbed and headstrong creature who seems to have little or no heart, while Mark is her total opposite in that he seems to love too much. As these two come to the verge of marrying each other, the ghost of dating-past visits them both in the form of their ex-boy and girlfriends, and this makes for an unusual pre-wedding party. Sparks are anticipated, but they sputter out quickly; what humor and sarcasm is there is of a watered-down variety. Overall, despite its clichéd narrative, the tale remains moderately interesting.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Rashmi Srinivas, 2004

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