What I'm Reading: House of Hades by Rick Riordan * Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

Friday, September 7, 2012

Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

I read a lot more speculative fiction than contemporary fiction, so when I come across a piece of contemp fic that appeals to me, I tend to jump in with both feet. That's how I felt when I first came across Over You. It sounded super cute, so I was very excited to get into it.

Here's the 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.

Now, I hadn't read anything by these authors before (they wrote The Nanny Diaries) so I wasn't sure what to expect, other than that the summary sounded cute.

What I Liked: 1) Max. Max was very savvy for a seventeen year old. She's got a good business sense (other than taking payment in cookies, really). She is also very professional while she is helping other girls to get over their breakups. She was very well-developed, and that made it easy to get into the story. 2) Supporting characters - Zach, Phoebe and Bridget. Sometimes it's hard to imagine an MCs life because you don't get to know their friends. But this book was written as to show the reader the relationship between MC and supporting characters and how Max is influenced by her friends. 3) Ben. Loved Ben, I thought he was such a sweet guy, kinda the strong, silent type. I actually kind of got irritated at Max a little bit for how she was treating him. But it was also a really interesting way how their lives overlapped without them even knowing it for a while. 4) One shot, happy ending. I spend so much time in these other worlds, these supernatural worlds of speculative fiction stories, that I have come to really appreciate the happy ending of this realistic fiction piece. So many books that I read have bittersweet endings, like the happy comes with the sad, but I thought this one was just a good ol' happy ending. It was great.

What I Didn't Like: Like I said before, I had some issues with how Max was treating Ben sometimes, but it was necessary, so it worked.

Overall Thoughts: This was a sweet little one shot story with a happy ending that anyone can enjoy. If you're are looking for something light and fun with a happy ending, I'd definitely recommend picking up Over You. The characters are all very likeable, and the subject matter is something any girl (or guy) can understand and appreciate!

My Rating: 5 shots

8 comments:

  1. I think I need to read this! Especially if I'm in the mood for a light romantic read. Thanks for the review.

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    1. That's definitely a great time to read it!

      Courtney

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  2. LOVE ME SOME ROMANCE.. GREAT REVIEW GLAD U ENJOYED IT

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I think you'd definitely like this one!

      Courtney

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  3. This sounds like a cute contemporary. Thanks for the great review!!

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    1. It was! Thanks for stopping by!

      Courtney

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  4. Happy ending? Light and fun? Def adding this to be TBR. Thanks for the review!

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