It’s an age-old story: Boy meets girl, boy breaks up with girl, boy writes a “novel” in which he calls girl a “fat-ass” (and worse), girl writes revenge memoir against boy.
OK, perhaps it’s not a typical tale. But then again, nothing is usual in the life of Hilary Winston as she hilariously chronicles in her collection of essays, “My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me.” Winston bares it all with comedic flair, from seeing just what her ex-boyfriend thought of their five years together (in a nationally distributed novel, no less) to all the not-so-glorious relationships that came before and after.
How soon after the shock of finding out what your ex-boyfriend wrote did your thoughts turn to revenge?
I would say right away.
Despite everything, you’re still in contact with him. What does he think of your book?
He doesn’t mind it at all. He’s really egocentric; he likes the fact I wrote a book about him. He did say the hard part was reading about all of the guys after him. My whole book was a revenge — like mentioning about how he has white nut hair — but that is what really got him.
Will writing this book make your future dating life that much harder?
[Laughs] Yes, it’s going to be tough to have guys read about my sex life. Of course! But in the acknowledgments, I say:?“To the guy I end up with, who will read this book and still want to be with me.” To me, that’s the real glass slipper.
“The most annoying thing about him is he says it’s not me in the book. That pisses me off. I know what happened in our life. I know every experience we had, and it’s so insulting for him to act like it’s not,” she says about what angered her the most about her ex-boyfriend’s book. “He boiled down our entire relationship to me being a fat-assed harpy who was trying to get a ring on my finger.”