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I Belong

Review: Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Title: Over You

Authors: Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Genre: YA Contemporary


Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0061720445 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0061720444 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Fun, light hearted read with a cute protagonist and a fun premise.  It was a little too predictable but over all an enjoyable read.

Opening Sentence: An early leaf loosens from a tree and blows into Max’s jacket, fluttering down and getting crushed beneath the toe of her platform pump as she strides down the sidewalk purposefully to her next case.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Max is 17 years old and she runs a very successful business helping girls get over their ex’s.  Max went through a terrible experience — her junior year in high school she got dumped.  Afterwards she left school and decided to get her GED.  She was so heartbroken and depressed she didn’t know how to cope with it all.  Then she came up with a brilliant idea she would make a program for girls that have gotten dumped and help them get over it as quickly as possible. She works by referral only and the program has been very successful.  She has decided to go to college and major in psychology.  She plans to present her work to the head of the department and hopes that her research will help women all over the country.

Things couldn’t get any better for Max, she is doing something she loves and helping others at the same time.  Then she runs into the one person she never expected to see again, her ex-boyfriend.  He’s in town helping with his family business and he plans to be around for a while. Max soon realizes that she is not even close to being over her ex.  How can she expect to help heal others if she doesn’t even know how to heal her own heart?  Max now has a new mission: to get over her ex and fast.

Max is a really likeable character.  She is really sweet and obliviously she really cares about helping others.  She is gorgeous, funny, confidant, and nice.  But underneath all of that she is just as insecure as every other girl out there.  She deals with everyone else’s problems so she can avoid her own.  It was fun to watch her grow and develop as a person. Her emotions and experiences are something pretty much every teenage girl has gone through.  Because of that she was very easy to connect with.  She had her flaws and some were a little irritating at times, but overall, I really liked her.

This was a fun, light, and really fast read.  I enjoyed the romance, it was sweet and very cute. My biggest issue with this story was that the story didn’t quite fit the characters for me.  I felt that the premise of the story fit better for younger girls and not someone that has the maturity level that Max was at. She is 17 years old and getting ready to apply to college, but the way she came across, I kept thinking that she was much younger than she really was.  But with that being said, I still really enjoyed this book.  I found Max refreshing and a fun character to get to know.  It was funny and quirky with lots of drama.  The writing was engaging and the booked flowed very well.  I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a fun light contemporary read.

Notable Scene:

Max’s eye lingers on the guy’s arm circling round the girl’s waist, torquing her frame into his. Max does allow herself to feel a brief pang of nostalgia, same as when she catches a few seconds on The Notebook on cable, when she lets herself remember what it felt like to be kissed that hard. A trio of guys walk in front of the couple, obscuring Max’s perving. One step closer to the curb, his blazer collar upturned against the breeze. Suddenly Max feels a cold drop beneath her ribs, like her plane just lost altitude. The stoplight changes, the cab jerks forward, and Max twists to see that, yes—the blonde hair—the confident grin—it can’t be, it can’t be.

But it is.

After so many months of trailing and defusing and humbling other girls’ exes, Max has just laid eyes on her own.

FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Over You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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