The Good Guy’s Guide to Getting the Girl


“Apparently Cinderella needs her Prince Charming, so I spent the evening dressed in bright yellow three-quarter-length trousers, and a coat with far too many buttons.

I’d finally had it with Ball Gown women.”

Jason Smith, 29, self-confessed ‘good guy’, is single. Finally.

But now that he is, all the girls he’d happily give up one side of his bed for – like, for instance, his old school crush Melanie Jackson – are long gone. Or married. Or crazy. Or inexplicably obsessed with the office heart-throb, Gary.

Or are they? Has Jason stumbled on a fool-proof way to meet the kind of exciting, fun woman he’s always dreamed about – or is he about to gamble his career, his friendships, and any hope of future romance, on a schoolboy fantasy?

From best-selling author Peter Jones comes this quirky comedy romance, about guys, girls, and finding love at the turn of the millennium.

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Reader reviews

Not having much time to relax and read a book these days I have to be gripped from the beginning to keep me going and make me read wherever possible – this book definitely lived up to this and I finished it in a few days.(A miracle for me and It’s also the first book I’ve read on a device!) It was light-hearted,witty and enlightening as far as the male mind is concerned! A well written and imaginative read….roll on the next one!
Emma Cawston

A genuine LOL – laugh out loud and annoy everyone else in the room, or interrupt their reading of the business pages by reading out snippets ”..he’s just…’ followed by more laughter. Better still recommend they read it themselves.
I can’t speak for blokes,but if you are a woman perhaps you may understand your brothers, boyfriends, husbands and sons a little better, or maybe remind yourself what mothers are like from adult son’s point of view!
But Jason is a good bloke with a heart and a mind, unlike the cardboard guys in films; he deserves to get the girl and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Janet Gogerty

I’ve just finished this book this morning, and it’s the best book in this genre I’ve read in ages, read in one sitting as I couldnt put down! lighthearted, funny and heartwarming. I’m off to look up more by this author. Well worth a read!
Lisa Hunt

Even if you’ve never read a rom-com before or believe this is not for blokes, you will love this. Couldn’t put it down. Great characters, truly believable story. Well done Peter.

This debut novel was a fun, nostalgic read for me. As a bloke from that era I could easily identify with the Kylie references. Jason, the lead character is likeable; you share his journey and care about his outcome. Peter Jones writes with humour and a good insight of the male psyche. The writing is easy to read and accessible and I look forward to the follow up novel.

Loved it! This was such an easy read, the story flowed effortlessly even with the jumps in time.
I could so see this as a movie and was mentally casting it as I read.
The beauty of this book is that every misfortune, mistake, blunder and block that our hapless hero, Jason, endures, is feasible, not overblown or unrealistic. I’m sure there are many men who would identify with him.
I loved the author’s writing style and humour. There were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and I can’t wait for the sequel.
According to the author, it took ten years to get this book out; if the sequel isn’t out in the next 12 months I shall hunt him down and become Cathy Bates!!
Peter Caulfield

Read this last week almost in one sitting – really enjoyed it and laughed out loud – great to read from the guy’s point of view – reminded me of Bridget Jones. Highly recommended!
Holly Holgate

Loved the book, made me laugh out loud at certain parts.
I figured out that I too, am a “Good Guy”!
I can certainly recommend this to anyone looking for some light-hearted fun, and perhaps an insight into how guys think!
N Smith

OK so I am a woman, and I do like the odd bit of chick lit, but I also like bloke lit, or whatever you’d call the style of writing of Mike Gayle and Nick Hornby. And this, the first novel by Peter Jones, hits the spot most excellently. It tells the story of Jason Smith, an average guy in the 90s who has just broken up with Liz, a most unsuitable girlfriend. Despite the company of his best friend Alex and his Kylie Minogue calendar, Jason is lonely on his own. For all his adult life he has lusted after Melanie, a girl he fancied at school, and he wonders where the Melanies of the world are hiding. After experimenting with night school and dance classes as a way to meet women, he hits on the perfect idea ….. or is it? And was the woman of his dreams right under his nose all the time?
Brilliantly written novel that made me smirk, smile, laugh out loud, and even shed a tear now and then. Buy it now – you won’t be disappointed! And I can’t wait to read the promised sequel 🙂

A great book that had me laughing out loud (usually when I was sitting on a train). You can’t help but feel sorry for Jason who, like many of us, seems to lurch from one mishap to another.
If you like Mike Gayle books I think you will love this. And despite the feminine design of the cover, I think men will enjoy reading it too.
Now we need the sequel and for somebody to buy the film rights!

Recently I’ve been a little adventurous with my reading material. As a chap that judges a book by it’s cover usually I thought this might be a bit too girl orientated but it’s written by a chap so I dived write in. My last reading experiment of this nature involved a missing sister that was an ape. This however is ape free and all the better for it if you ask me. The humour is good and I could associate with the lead character easily. The story plays across a timeline that whilst not complicated is nicely delivered through the story without back tracking and feeling like a catch-up moment. I look forward to the follow up book that is promised to us at the end.
Mark Amar

The first of many novels from this author, or I sincerely hope so. I have previously read ‘How to do everything and be happy’ and ‘From Invisible to Irresistible’ by Mr Jones and loved them both, albeit, different styles of writing in the self help aisle. This new book follows the same well written great wit and humour and I’d challenge anyone over a certain age bracket to not be able to relate to most, if not all of the scenarios and story behind the book. So easy to read and understand the characters, while it made me smile, and shead even a tear or two at certain points along the way. I just loved it and look forwards to the next one from this truly promising author.
Lynn Wedge

I read Peter’s first book (How To Do Everything And Be Happy – published by Harper Collins) a while back and can see that he went on to write three more self help books. Although I like the way he writes I wasn’t sure whether he could successfully make the leap from non-fiction to fiction. Well I was wrong.’The Good Guy’s Guide To Getting The Girl’ has all the humour you’ve come to expect from his non-fiction books and then some. It follows the creative efforts of thirty something Jason Smith to find himself a girlfriend at the turn of the century, and whilst I’d draw the line at joining a dance class, there were elements that reminded me of my own romantic efforts. Back in the day. In short it’s a cracking read.

It’s a story with a huge heart, poignant in places, funny in others. The plot keeps you turning the pages. I was reminded of some of the writing of Nick Hornby and parts of ‘Starter for Ten’ by David Nicholls. I truly hope, as tentatively hinted at at the end of the book, that I’ll soon be able to read about the continuing adventures of Jason, Alex, and the other vividly drawn characters in their universe.

This book is one of those that grabs your attention from the first page and keeps winking at you every time you force yourself to put it down and get on with what you ‘should’ be doing.
I found myself reading a few extra pages during ad breaks, whilst making a cup of tea, I’d leave early to pick up my kids so that I could find an extra 20 minutes of reading time, in short I loved it.
It was funny and the characters were so real that it really must be true that authors base them on people they know.
If you loved Bridget Jones this is definitely a must read.
A Reader

Version History

  • Paperback (ISBN: 978-0956885678) – SECOND EDITION. Published May 2015 – available immediately from amazon, and to order from all good bookstores.
  • Amazon Kindle eBook (ASIN: B00XXZIQQO) – SECOND EDITION. Published May 2015 – available from amazon and readable on all ‘smart’ electronic devices via the free amazon kindle reading app
  • Paperback (ISBN: 978-0956885661) -FIRST EDITION. Published August 2014 – superseded (see above)
  • Amazon Kindle eBook (ASIN: B00MIZA4UG) – FIRST EDITION. Published August 2014 – superseded (see above)

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