- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Swoon Reads (May 15, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250130506
- ISBN-13: 978-1250130501
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This love story is a well-written, breezy read with a happy conclusion and a diverse cast of characters." ― School Library Journal
"Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over would be a great beach read this summer as it’s quick and fun!" ― Heart of a Book Blogger
"...fun and dramatic and a quick read." ― The Bibliophagist
"A fantastic young adult book full of angst, heartbreak and learning to navigate the deep waters of life." ―The Curious Chapter
"Teens will enjoy the entertaining plot, be able to relate to having overly worrying (and sometimes embarrassing) parents, enjoy Sari's passion for music, and like the cute romance." ― It's a Book Life
Praise for Shani Petroff:
"It’s light as powdered sugar and just as sweet." ―Booklist on My New Crush Gave to Me
"Petroff’s latest offering, published by Macmillan’s crowdsourced imprint, will delight romance lovers with its fast pace and humorous tone. This sweet, lighthearted look at high school romantic foibles will be of particular interest to fans of books by Ann Brashares and Jennifer Echols." ―School Library Journal on Romeo and What’s Her Name
"An amazing set up, authentic characters (who are definitely swoon worthy), and a dynamic storyline. What more could you want?" ―Rain, reader on SwoonReads.com, on Romeo and What’s Her Name
About the Author
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She is the author of Romeo and What's Her Name, My New Crush Gave to Me, and the Bedeviled series, which includes Daddy's Little Angel; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress; Careful What You Wish For; and Love Struck, and is the coauthor of Ash. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she's not locked in her apartment typing away, she spenda a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and online shopping.
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I buckled up, because I had no idea what I was in store for next. "
The basis for the book is about heartbreak and stress, but the random bits of humor and lightheartedness were what really made me like the story. It's hard to get too down when your bestie turns your evil ex into Voldemort in your phone because you don't want his name mentioned. Or when said evil ex and your mom have a text relationship with inside jokes you know nothing about. I am a huge fan of humor in every life situation so this resonate with me.
I found Sari to be one of the most relatable girls that I have read in a book recently. Everything she said and did would be EXACTLY what I would do in that same scenario- regardless of how over the top or irrational it seemed at the time, even the pretending to be into someone just to get a reaction, I cheered her on. Her denials, her reactions, her relationships, her attitude- Sari and I, we would be friends.
"Ok, I'm sorry, but quit pretending you're into him."
"Who said I was pretending?"
"I did. Because I know you still love me as much as I love you. That doesn't go away becuase you want it to."
The cast of supporting characters in the book were so wonderful and really helped with the character development of Sari. Trina, hands down was my favorite character, besides Sari of course, seriously the best most loyal friend a girl can dream for. Her support was one of the reasons Sari could handle the week from Hell- a friend who would drive over an hour to save you from the most awkward car ride is a true friend indeed. And I am pretty sure my bestie has said this exact phrase in reference to me:
"Some people went to Goodreads for recommendations, I didn't need to. I had Trina."
And Fitz with his zen and calm was 100% needed in almost each situation he came to save. He was a good friend too, especially when Sari was not expecting one. Even her overbearing, weather obsessed mom was sweet and interesting in their relationship dynamic and wisdom.
So I have been avoiding mentioning Zev, because he was the hardest part of the book, probably for both Sari and me. I wanted to hate him and never forgive him, for her to find a new guy elsewhere, but that was not this story. This story was about trust, relationship hardships, misunderstandings, and real love... and I really did end up rooting for Zev. The heart of this book is a romance, and boy did Shani nail that message home.
This was a feels book, and emotions that I wasn't expecting just kept sneaking up on me. There were so many feel good talks in the book from people that really cared about Sari that I could not help but get sniffly about it. I got completely lost in the story, ended up staying up way too late so I could finish it and see what choices Sari made. It did not hurt that there was so much extra going on to keep me guessing what would happen next. With this read alone, Shani has now become one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. I can't wait to read more from her and I highly recommend this adventure of love!
Review After reading the author's prior work, "My New Crush Gave to Me", I knew I had to read her next work. I love to travel, and after reading the plot of this book, I wanted to read more.
Fans of Shani Petroff, you will NOT be disappointed. This book has a great romance that you're not sure if you want to root for it to succeed or be voting against it to fail.
It will take you on a journey from a Manhattan club, to a Florida retirement home (wish I could have seen a little more of Florida), to a busy Florida airport, to a Boston-to-NYC-bound car ride, finally ending back where it started (I think). This feels like one of those types of books that "it's about the journey, not the destination". And that works well for the story.
All the characters felt real, from Sari (pronounced Si-ree) to seems-perfect Fitz, and even the self-entitled woman at the airport. I felt like this story could really happen. I do wish I could have...how do I put this?...seen more of Sari's music rather than just one song.
If you're in the mood for a light-hearted, travel, teen contemporary romance, get this book.
•Pro: I liked Sari a lot. I didn't necessarily always agree with her avoidance tactics, but when she listened to her heart and her conscience, she made some good choices.
•Pro: I found the anxiety and frustration of being stranded at the airport so relatable. I have totally been there, more than once, and just like our protagonist, I was trapped in the subpar terminal with no good food options.
•Pro: The connection between Sari and Zev was undeniable, and I know I was rooting for these two to work it out. There were definitely things revealed, which made me doubt Zev, but I at least wanted to listen to him.
•Pro: Believe it or not, I really liked Zev. He would do all these little things, which showed how much he cared for Sari, and she would relate things he had done for her in the past, and I found myself really wanting Sari to let him explain. He was also willing to fight for her, and as a hopeless romantic, I love seeing someone fight to save his relationship.
•Con: This story was told via Sari, who had a great voice and all, but I would have liked to have had a little look inside Zev's head at times. I feel like that addition POV may have pushed this one over the top for me.
•Pro: Dylan and Fitz were fun additions. They diffused some of the tension, and Fitz was just all sorts of Captain America awesome. I would have loved to get to know them better.
•Pro: Sari was someone to be jealous of, because she had a fabulous grandma, great and caring parents, and a friend who put the "best" in best friend. It was wonderful the way they all rallied for her in her time of need, and
•Pro: The ending actually elicited a few tears from my eyes. I liked it a lot, but would have liked it to have been a little longer.
•Pro: This story deals with relationship drama, so it has its weightier moments, but Pertroff keeps it on the lighter side by injecting lots of humor, heartfelt interactions, and lighthearted antics.
Overall: A light hearted story about following your heart and fighting for the things that matter with rom-coms bits which made me laugh, heartfelt bits which made me smile, and even some tender bits which made me swoon.