Hope and Jack are childhood sweethearts who have been together for 13 years. They grew up next door to one another and their mothers are BFFs. They live a comfortable life with a shared mortgage, bank account and are practically pre-engaged. When Hope catches Jack and her best friend, Susie, snogging, Hope can't believe it! How could her Jack and Susie do this to her?First, I have to say that I adore Sarra Manning's Unsticky and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. Nine Uses is different from her previous adult books. Usually in the chick lit novels I read, if the protagonist finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, we read about her journey getting over the guy and then finding out who she really is by the end of the book. In Nine Uses, we get Hope repeatedly trying to save her 13 year relationship by forgiving and taking Jack back. This really pissed me off b/c Hope comes off pathetic and desperate. (But in real life, I know that women can be this way. It's just that I don't want to read about it). Of course, Hope finally figures things out about Jack but it was way later into the book than I liked. Even though this isn't my favorite Manning novel, I appreciate her writing style & humor and can't wait to read more.