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Over You Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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From School Library Journal
Sophisticated chick-lit for the hip consumer of teen fashion magazines, this comedy-drama hits all the in-crowd buttons. (Kirkus Reviews)
Top Customer Reviews
Most of all, I loved all of the brands and fashion nods in the book. My favorite quote: "I'm about as tranquil as a Missoni dress." Missoni is KNOWN for their wild prints.
Then she had a Marni vest! AH - LOVE! Okay, so basically I loved all of the fabulous things she had plus her sassiness was killer. Brokenhearted teenage girls are nothing new but it was fun to read this story. I wish it had been written in first person (I would have liked to connect a little bit more with Max) but I understand why it was written in third person omniscient.
If you're looking for a fluffy, one-day read - pick this one up!
Main issues I had with the book:
1) The flow was awkward. I don't really know how to describe this in detail, but it was just strange. It felt like the characters would be having a conversation about one thing, then there would be an abrupt change of subject out of nowhere.
2) POV changes were also awkward. We would be on Max's POV, then suddenly there would be 1-2 paragraphs from another character's POV, then back to Max. It was really strange and also screwed with the flow of the story.
3) Ex, Inc. While the idea of Max being a sort of a "getting-over-your-ex" guru, the way it was written was unrealistic and weird. Max runs this business, but doesn't get paid? She takes donations and favors and requests that her "clients" use word of mouth to spread her business. How does she afford the extravagant gifts with no income? She buys her clients things like hot air balloon rides, boxing lessons, etc.
I also just don't see someone who is 17 and has only been in one 5 month relationship being an expert on breakups. Especially considering she never got over her ex!
4) The ex, Hugo. He was really strange. First he gives her the "nothing" look in the club. Then he runs in to her and tells her how much he adores her and wants her to be his girlfriend again. The very next day he invites her to eat with his mother in what is a really weird and awkward scene (and I don't mean that in a good way). Like, it was so unbelievable! I also never really understood WHY Max had this huge problem getting over Hugo. It made no sense.
5) Ben.Read more ›
The writing is different than most books. It's from third person point of view, which I actually found it to be a bit weird in the beginning, but I eventually got used to it. Max is a very interesting character. I really loved the "girl-power" she seemed to take everywhere with her, and how she tries to make other girls have it as well. In this book, Max takes on a new client names Bridgit. After her boyfriend, Taylor, broke up with her, she becomes miserable. Max comes to the rescue with some chocolate, coffee, and a set of new rules. I''m going to say it was very interesting to see Max's strategies of getting Bridgit over her boyfriend, and it was very fun as well! Though, when Max see's her ex-boyfriend Hugo, she still doesn't seem to over him yet. Things get messy, because there's this other boy, Ben. I don't want to say much or spoil anything, but serious stuff happen.
Overall, I loved everything about this book. Yes, the beginning might have been a tad boring, and there were some parts where I was confused about what was happening, but it was still great! I really wanted to read a funny, cute, contemporary novel, and I'm glad "Over You" had all three. I really recommend this book to all girls out there just looking for a fun read!
"I want this Taylor downloaded to a memory stick as tiny as his you-know-what."
Plot: The plot sounds really exciting; I really liked the idea of it. Max has a perfected way to get girls over break ups, so she starts a company. Once you start reading, it seems really strange. Even if my best friend sent her to my house, I don't think I'd be taking pills from her the moment she walked in my door.
Her process is the same for everyone and it honestly didn't seem like it'd be a foolproof system. I liked the idea of the Moment, and it was obvious what that was leading up to.
As much as I thought this sounded like a really good plot, it just seemed a little off.
Characters: To be perfectly honest, I really didn't like Max. Like at all. It starts off almost right away telling us how she'd pretend to be different people to fit in as she switched to different schools around the country. This came off as very fake to me and as the book progresses I just get this vibe even more. She "borrows" (a.k.a. steals and returns) clothes from Teen Vogue's closet at night, and lies to even her best friends. When her facade starts to crumble I can't even feel sorry for her because she's felt so fake the entire book. I don't know if it's because she's older then the typical YA main character, or what, but you can't build a character on just what she says (which was pretty funny) she has to have a personality besides that too. And I don't feel like we ever get to know the real Max.
Ben, on the other hand, I feel completely sorry for.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this amazing book. I highly recommended for everybody who love an young adults books.Published 4 months ago by missy
I gave this book 3.5 stars because it wasn't all that interesting. I loved how the book ended. The book itself was pretty good, but some chapters had me dozed off at times, but... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Keianna
Great book~ kept your attention and was very entertaining. Love how Emma McLaughlin writes her books~ she definitely knows how to keep the reader's attention.Published 22 months ago by mdias03
After a devastating ending to a high school romance, Max has decided to dedicate her life to helping others get over their broken hearts and their exes. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Lori (Ficwishes)
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: Fun, light hearted read with a cute protagonist and a fun premise. Read more
This book was so good I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. Hope you enjoy it. :)Published on August 23, 2013 by Samantha
Originally posted at arielavalon.com
Max decides that there has to be more to life for girls than pining for their exes after they are dumped. Read more