Dumped, Actually by Nick Spalding

Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Amazon Publishing UK and Lake Union Publishing
About the Book:
When Ollie Sweet is very publicly dumped by ‘The One’, his seemingly perfect world dissolves into misery, self-pity, and a bizarre rooftop meeting with a suicidal man in flip-flops. While most would seek out the support of loved ones at such a torrid time, natural-born journalist Ollie asks the subscribers of his website: how did they get over their failed relationships? When Ollie follows some of their more extreme advice, chaos inevitably ensues, including accidentally exposing himself to some unsuspecting wildlife, jumping out of a perfectly serviceable aeroplane, and suffering from an extremely painful bottom, courtesy of a maniacal Scotsman. Of course, all of this goes down a storm with his online following, and Ollie soon finds himself the centre of everyone’s attention – whether he likes it or not! With his eclectic collection of supporters to guide him, can Ollie mend his broken heart, heal his broken bottom, and learn to find happiness again?

I may have moved away from the idea of ending it all, but I still feel like my life is over.
I loved Fat Chance by Nick Spalding so when I saw this title on Netgalley I HAD to have it...I am SO glad I got approved for it too. I just finished this book with tears running down my face from laughing so much. What beautiful prose, what insights. Oh boy, I am telling all my reading loving friends right now to read Dumped, Actually. It's so well constructed and beautifully written that this reader had a hard time putting it down. Unexpected developments keep the story moving along at a clip and the end is a rational and satisfying climax to a story impeccably told.

Loving and hating someone at the same time can really take it out of you.
Tender, funny, sometimes melancholy, written with beautiful language. It was a tour de force of carefully managed absurdity, heartache, and wistful humor. The book is just as good as any comedy I have read. Spalding's writing is masterful. He manages to be meaningful and funny at the same time, an incredible balancing act. And he is just so lovely with words. This could have really gone off the rails, it could have been repetitive and gimmicky, but he's too skilled a writer for that.

What better way can there be for Samantha to depart this story than with the warm embrace of friendship and forgiveness?
Spalding is a writer of extraordinary skill, I devoured this book in a single afternoon...a fantastic book and a truly great discovery. So looking forward to reading more from this author. Highly recommended.

Thank you NetGalley, Nick Spalding, Amazon Publishing UK and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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