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BOOK REVIEW: The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams

A rock chick.

An artist with attitude.

A girl with a past.

A party animal.

Four lives collide when one of the world’s most famous paintings is stolen. It’s a mystery that has the nation talking, but while Picasso’s Weeping Woman might be absent from the walls of the National Gallery, in other parts of Melbourne the controversial painting’s presence is being felt by Guy, Rafi, Luke and Penny for four very different reasons.

Life, love, art and one giant party intersect in this offbeat comedy about good intentions, unexpected consequences and the irresistible force of true love

Source: Allen & Unwin Australia (Thank you so much!!!)
256 Pages

My Rating:


This is such a fun read! It is short but such an exhilarating ride. I loved the interweaving of each character’s lives. I loved the pacing, the different POVs and the little hints here and there of how each of them were connected. I definitely recommend this to anyone going through a book hangover or just generally a bad time.

There is so much diversity in this book. There’s this issue about diversity in YA and all the characters breaks out of that shell. The guy whose name is actually Guy doesn’t really care about school. The girl, Rafi has a very tough upbringing. Her mother has never gotten over her little brother’s death which has meant that she brought herself up. She moves to Melbourne from a South American country and she’s a hardworking student. The Artist, Luke is the typical bastard ex. He’s arrogant with an inflated ego. And his Ex, Penny is  a single mom to their kid and she’s the punk rocker whose trying to find a way to move on from her ex-boyfriend.

All these characters are so unique and when you see the bigger picture and how each of them play a significant role. It’s like a huge colourful puzzle that’s finally come together.

Its a hilarious and cute read. I love the romance despite how short it is. I love the real-ness of everything. Everything is realistic and I could easily relate to each character and their situation. It’s original, quirky and just the type of contemporary read that I love.



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