Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: Over You by Emma McLaughin and Nicola Krauss

Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: August 21st, 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 304 pgs
ISBN:  9780061720444
Source: ARC given to me by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

After the grand explosion of her relationship, seventeen-year-old Max Scott developed what every girl in the history of the world has been waiting for: a way to get over being dumped. Now Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when her ex unexpectedly shows up in her neighborhood, Max’s carefully controlled world starts to unravel. With her clients’ hearts hanging in the balance, Max will have to do the seemingly impossible: get over him once and for all.

Brilliant at bringing humor to the trials and tribulations of the lovestruck, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have crafted a tale that will resonate with any girl who has ever been in love or had her heart broken. It brims with smart observations, features a pitch-perfect teen voice, and will attract fans of Jenny Han, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Barnholdt. Readers are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp spin on breaking up, making up, and getting even.

My Review:

I loved the Nannie Diaries by both these authors and when I heard they were writing a YA novel I knew I had to read it.  I want to thank Harper Canada for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This book centers around Max Scott, who lives in New York City and is trying to get over her ex.  In an attempt to prove that she's over him, she starts her own company helping other girls who have been dumped.  Her company is a growing success and all is well until Max's ex shows up in her city. 

I have to say that it took me a little while to get into this book.  I can't blame the authors for this though.  It is written with a teen audience in mind and I, my friends, have entered the 30s club this year and I am no longer the target audience.  I think that this book will definitely appeal to teen girls, especially ones who have been through tough breakups.  So, like I said, I had a difficult time getting into this book but once I did I flew through it.  I couldn't put it down and I really grew to like Max's character.  She is like so many girls of that age, outwardly put together with strong convictions, but inwardly questioning or denying her feelings and insecurities.  I have to say that Max is a strong character, one that had ambitions and applies what she is doing to her future.  I think she is a good role model for younger girls. 

I loved the idea of this book and I really enjoyed it's fast paced plot and unforgettable characters.  Overall, I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.  As I say, I think I would have preferred reading this while I was a teen.  I will recommend this book to others and I suggest you pick it up for a nice summer read.  

A copy of this book can be purchased through Chapters Canada, if you're interested just click the link.

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