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Getting Over Garrett Delaney Hardcover – January 24, 2012

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

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: Sophomore Switch; Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots; and The Anti-Prom. Originally from England, Abby McDonald now lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763655074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763655075
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,024,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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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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