Seven Exes: A Novel (Paperback)
A delightful rom-com about a woman who decides to revisit each of her seven exes, convinced that one of them is “the one who got away.”
Seven Exes. Seven Missed Chances. Who was the one who got away?
Esther is nearing thirty, with a great job and a flat she shares with her two best friends, Bibi and Louise. But her life is missing that special someone. Tired of being single and sick of bad date after bad date, she thinks she’s found the answer to her romance problem in an old women's magazine.
According to the magazine’s dating column, there are seven archetypes a woman will date before finding Mr. Right. It all seems silly at first, until Esther realizes she has exactly seven exes that match the profiles: The First Love, The Work Mistake, The Overlap, The Friend with Benefits, The Missed Chance, The Bastard, and The Serious One. Is it so hard to believe that perhaps one of them is The One?
Deciding she must have left her true love in the reject pile, Esther contacts each of her old boyfriends. But finding her soulmate isn’t as simple as she hoped it would be. Madness, mayhem, laughs, and tears ensue as she valiantly works her way through her past love life and faces up to her previous mistakes. It’s an odyssey of the heart that will teach her a lot about herself . . . and just might lead her to the man of her dreams.
About the Author
Lucy Vine is a writer, editor and the bestselling author of Hot Mess, What Fresh Hell, Are We Nearly There Yet? and Bad Choices. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages around the world, with Hot Mess optioned for a TV series. She has been nominated twice for the Comedy Women In Print Award and hosts the podcast and live event series Hot Mess Clubhouse, celebrating funny women. Her journalism has appeared in international publications, including Grazia, Stylist, heat, Fabulous, New, Now, Marie Claire, Glamour Online, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, and The Mirror. She lives in Cambridgeshire.
"Seven Exes made me laugh out loud. It's fresh, fast-paced and joyous. Lucy Vine's writing is so warm and funny—her books are the literary equivalent of an amazing girls' night out." — Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare
“A beautiful testament to female friendship and the power of women in your life. Lucy Vine writes about the messy glory of female friendships with such ease and joy that you immediately want to exist in her world. Seven Exes is the only thing you need to pack this summer.” — Salma El-Wardany, author of These Impossible Things
"Hilarious and heart-warming, Seven Exes is unputdownable and deeply relatable. I gobbled it up! Esther is endearing, realistic, and I was rooting for her every step of the way in her mission to track down her exes and take a look back on her journey so far. It's got gorgeously written female friendships and is packed with laugh-out-loud moments, Seven Exes is an absolute TRIUMPH." — Beth Reekles, bestselling author of The Kissing Booth
"One of the freshest, funniest rom-coms I've ever read . . . with so much heart and depth." — Daisy Buchanan, author of Careering
"Esther's increasingly complicated odyssey through the reject pile is a sweary, panic-sweaty, but ultimately rather endearing take on facing your demons." — The Sunday Times (UK)
"Appallingly funny, relatable and wise." — Rosie Walsh, author of Ghosted and The Love of My Life
"A rather lovely ode to the power of friends." — Stylist Magazine
"Clever, perceptive and screamingly funny, Seven Exes is a joyous commentary on the mores and mysteries of modern dating and how past loves can shape our future. Throw in some delicious nostalgia, some genuinely sexy love interests and Vine's mastery of female friendships in all their frank and messy glory, and it's a book you'll never, ever want to break up with." — Lauren Bravo, author of What Would the Spice Girls Do?
"This rom-com . . . has plenty of hilarious high jinks but also some serious moments featuring forgiveness, the Me Too movement, and growing up. Recommended for fans of fast-paced contemporary romances set in the UK that feature engaging premises and strong female friendships." — Library Journal
"Funny, hopeful and agonisingly relatable, Esther is all of us. Lucy Vine writes with such compelling honesty, Seven Exes made me laugh, made me cry and made me want to call all my friends to tell them I loved them then call my exes to apologize/punch them in the nuts. Equal parts romcom and life lesson, it's a must-read." — Lindsey Kelk, bestselling author of the I Heart series
"Vine neatly navigates the familiar landscape of rom-coms, fashioning a plot that not only embraces the emotional messiness of life and love, but does so with a generous dollop of saucy charm and cheeky wit." — Booklist
"Riotously funny, charming, and nostalgic, Seven Exes is a truly optimistic look at turning 30 and all the mess that can come with. Superb!" — Laura Jane Williams, bestselling author of Our Stop
"Seven Exes is a bit of me! A shimmering rom-com with plenty of gorgeous romance and even more achingly funny comedy. I loved the nostalgia, I loved the tenderness and I absolutely adored the friendship between Esther and her best pals. This is a joyous must-read." — Hannah Doyle, author of The A to Z of Us
"Bursting with sparky humour. Esther and her female friends are a joy and Esther’s search for the boy from her past who may or may not have got away is both funny & moving." — Jill Mansell, author of Promise Me
"Hilarious, relatable, heart-warming, extremely binge-able." — Kate Weston-Brookes, author of Murder on a School Night
"Lucy Vine has knocked it out of the park with Seven Exes. I couldn’t put it down! It’s so smart and funny, and just warts-and-all levels of real! A nostalgic, comforting romcom. I loved it!" — Lia Louis, author of The Key to My Heart
"Funny and heart-warming." — Daily Mail
"The beauty of Lucy's writing is that you'll cry and laugh in the same chapter. With it tapping into 2023's dating culture . . . . It feels both refreshingly modern and satisfyingly traditional in the same breath." — Belfast Telegraph
"Seven Exes by novelist Lucy Vine is an original, memorable and fun read from cover to cover—especially for fans of contemporary romantic comedies. Exceptionally well written and oh-so-familiar to anyone who has labored hard to find Mr. Right." — Midwest Book Review
"A really well-written, character driven novel. Fans of rom-coms will like this one." — Red Carpet Crash
"Hilariously funny and sharply observed . . . fresh, sexy and smart romcom." — Heat