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Getting Over Garrett Delaney [Kindle Edition]

Abby McDonald
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Book Description

Can a twelve-step program help Sadie kick her unrequited crush for good? Abby McDonald serves up her trademark wit and wisdom in a hilarious new novel.

Editorial Reviews


Gentle and humorous, GETTING OVER GARRETT DELANEY is sure to be a hit with fans of Joan Bauer and Meg Cabot.

In this entertaining antiromance, McDonald turns the tragedy of unrequited love on its head as she traces her heroine's determined and often comical efforts to find herself and become more independent.
—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Abby McDonald is the author of three other young adult novels: Life Swap; Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots; and The Anti-Prom. Originally from England, Abby now lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1522 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (January 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M476GE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully funny! February 25, 2012
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Sadie has known that she and her best friend Garrett are meant to be together for two years now--she's just waiting for Garrett to realize it. But when he gets into a prestigious writing summer camp and all she has to look forward to is a job at a local coffee shop, Sadie decides that enough is enough. She is going to get over Garrett once and for all. With some help from friends new and old, Sadie puts herself through a twelve-step recovery process. But can you fall out of love with someone and still remain friends with him?

Getting Over Garrett Delaney is a delightfully funny read, and Sadie is a charming, plucky narrator. The heart of the story takes place in the coffee shop, Totally Wired, that many characters work and meet at, which is a fun and energetic setting with lots of eccentric characters. It's the stage for a lot of drama, the beginning and end of many relationships, and the site of a support group that Sadie leans on. Her twelve-step program is witty and simple, but it is pretty solid advice on McDonald's part. Sadie's personal growth is really the best part of this book--she slowly begins to embrace her own identity by shedding her carefully Garrett-tailored image, and deciding that it's okay to like popular books and movies because she likes them, not because they're things she feels she ought to like for their literary or culture value. She discovers that while it's important to be open-minded and try new things, you shouldn't change your tastes and preferences for the sake of a boy, a good lesson that bears repeating. There's just enough romance in this one to satisfy readers, but the dominant themes of friendship and independence prevail. McDonald has written a fun and humorous book that will be well-received by YA readers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Abby McDonald earns my undying love for being the first author to acknowledge in writing what many of us have quietly known for years: While in the course of attempting to get over a man, you should never - upon pain of weeks spent huddled in a ball in a darkened room, weeping - listen to the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs' Maps. The rest of this excellent narrative of a teenage girl finding out who she is without the guy she's loved for years is really just the cherry on top. Marvelous in every way, and just about oozing girl power.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting Over and finding yourself June 11, 2012
Title: Getting Over Garrett Delaney
Author: Abby McDonald
Series: no
Chapters: 28
Pages: 319
Genre: teen chick lit

If it was a movie it would be: pg-13
A kind of cute mainstream teen chick lit. It also dealt with teen issues. I could have done without all of the curse words. But those aside it was still pretty cute. The story line was pretty simple. It's mainly about Sadie learning to get over her best friend who happens to be a guy; Garrett.
She takes a summer job at a coffee shop and meets a whole different group of people. Who decide to help her find out who she really is without Garrett?
I mean who doesn't love a story about a teenage girl who learns who she is. A story of the simplicity of high school summers. Getting over Garrett Delaney was the second book that I read by Abby McDonald and I liked it more than I did the first book that I read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great book September 4, 2013
I absolutely, totally and completely LOVED Getting Over Garrett Delaney. This is my first Abby McDonald book but if her other books are as awesome and witty as this one, I need to read them ASAP! I think that anyone who has ever had a crush on anyone can relate to this book. The whole gang of characters made me smile and the main character was like reading about your best friend.

Sadie has been in love with Garrett Delaney since she first laid eyes on him. And as soon as he noticed her, she did everything she could to try and get him to like her. The two became quick friends, but she always wanted more. He basically became her whole world. It seemed like he was her only friend. At first I didn't really think anything of it, but as soon as he left for summer and she met all the people at the coffee place, I realized how much her life revolved around Garrett and only Garrett. It was crazy. But it made me love her plan to get over Garrett even more. I loved how it was broken down into steps as the story progressed. It started out as a plan for Sadie but really it was half little words of wisdom and half marking Sadies character growth.

Watching Sadie's perception of Garrett change throughout the story was interesting as well. At first she was blinded by her crush. She thought he was perfect, but her new group of friends helped her see what kind of person he really was. I felt a little bad for Garrett because I don't think he was completely a bad person. He just wasn't the person that Sadie made him out to be. I loved when Sadie started trying new things and figuring out what she liked and what she didn't. She was figuring out who she really was and who she wanted to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kicking his butt for good March 7, 2013
By Megan
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It's rare that you find a book like this. I stayed up the whole night finishing it! I think this relates to many kids including myself. We all have boys like this- they're so stupid not to realize what's in front of them.players, go for the idiots. This book is about finding yourself and finally kicking away the boy that has dated other girls ripping your heart each time. It's hard but then you realize if he hurt me so much why do I still like him? However Sadie is a bit more gracious then me. I immediately go fir revenge. This comes together as a book about not letting that boy control you. You are truly getting over --------- by just reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relatable and well-written
At first, I thought this was going to be one of those "girl gets over guy by finding another guy" books, but I was so pleasantly surprised to see that wasn't it at all. Read more
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I was looking for an adorable, dorky, fantasticly-fun book, and I got it! It was fresh and quirky :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!
This book is beyond words for me! I can't believe how much it relates to my life! I met a guy at school, and fell in love with him. He understood me and related to me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Priscilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly enjoyable
Sweet YA about figuring out who you are outside of the people you identify with. It was fun to watch her journey as she made new friends and discovered herself.
Published 8 months ago by Jayden Abello
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
I found this book to be pretty relaxing to read. With life being so busy all the time, it was nice to just take time to read a simple, yet admirably written book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good lesson
I read this book to screen for my 11 yr old daughter who brought it home from a school book fair. Could have enjoyed much more without some of the foul language. Read more
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More About the Author

Abby McDonald grew up in Sussex, England and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She began writing at college, and graduated to work as a music journalist and entertainment critic; drawing on her loves of pop culture, film and feminism, and interviewing acts as diverse as LeAnn Rimes, The Kings of Leon, and Marilyn Manson. She is now a full-time novelist and screen-writer.

Her debut book for teens, 'Sophomore Switch', was published by Candlewick Press in 2009. It was a Kirkus starred review, ALAN pick, and has been translated into German, Dutch, and Polish. A second title, 'Boys, Bears & a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots', followed in April 2010, and a third, 'The Anti-Prom', will be published in Spring 2011.

Abby also writes for adults. 'The Popularity Rules' was published in the UK by Arrow Books in 2009; it was a Glamour Magazine 'must-read' pick, and received a 4-star review from Heat magazine. Her second adult title, 'The Liberation of Alice Love', was published in July 2010, to glowing reviews in Closer and NOW magazines. Both titles will be published in the US in 2011 by Sourcebooks.

After spells in Montreal and London, Abby recently moved to Los Angeles, where she is enjoying blue skies, drive-thru everything, and an abundance of frozen yoghurt. She is twenty-five years old.

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