Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Published: August 21, 2012
HarperTeen, hardcover, 302 pages
Source: publisher
GoodReads Summary: 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. 
Brilliant at bringing humor to the trials and tribulations of the lovestruck, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have crafted a tale that will resonate with any girl who has ever been in love or had her heart broken. It brims with smart observations, features a pitch-perfect teen voice, and will attract fans of Jenny Han, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Barnholdt. Readers are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp spin on breaking up, making up, and getting even. 
I'm seeing a trend with these whole "Relationship Fixing Business" storylines. Hitch? Failure to Launch? My Best Friend's Girl? And you know what? I like it. I like it A LOT. Over You is centered around homegirl Max, who has been burned. Burned BAD. She has had enough of that, though, and has decided to formulate her own business helping poor unfortunate dumped girls get over their sorry excuse for an ex-boyfriend and move on to bigger and better things.

First off, Over You REEKS of girl power. Who needs dudes, anyway? Max is so devoted to her clients and I loved it. I felt a lack of connection with Max, though, for reasons I cannot put my finger on. She was almost too emotionally unavailable for someone who had gone through her own horrendous breakup. I needed a little more empathy from my protagonist. Breakups are hard and if I wanna wallow for a good 96 hours eating unhealthy amounts of pizza rolls and moping around in sweatpants with way too many holes in them, I'm gonna do just that. You can't just shove a girl out the door and expect her to be a-okay in 15 minutes. LOOK AT THOSE DARK CIRCLES. At least go get some new concealer. You need it.

ANYWAY. Over You boasted some seriously adorable banter between Max and love interest Ben. These two had a sweet connection and I was getting so into them, BUT WAIT? Now Max is off gallivanting with the hated ex? The one who sparked the idea for the business? Uh, Max? We need to talk about priorities and morals and sticking to your guns. Weaknesses, sure, I get it. But don't be all hypocritical about it.

Over You was a very fast, very enjoyable read. Seriously, you'll zoom through this in a couple hours flat. Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are witty as heck, but the strange point-of-view changes really threw me for a loop at times. There would be absolutely no warning in the transition from Max to Ben's POV and I'm seriously thankful this was written in third person, or else I'd have been lost with no hope of returning.

If you loved Sarah Jessica Parker in Failure to Launch, you will adore Max Scott and Co in Over You! I know I'll definitely be checking out more of Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus' work in The Nanny Diaries.

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  1. Oooh, good! I have this book but haven't gotten around to it. WIll have to move it up!

    1. It's good for a super quick, fun read!

  2. I wish I had loved this one more. I'm really sad I didn't hardcore fall for it. I loved Max in the beginning and then my love tapered off and I got a little frustrated with her. (I just really liked Ben & got mad when Max couldn't get things together.) I'm really glad you enjoyed it though!

    1. Oh, she definitely got on my nerves. But she's a teenager, and this is probably something teenage Jen would do. I can't hate on her TOO much :P

  3. I thought this one was perfect for honeymoon reading and I so enjoyed it! So fun! LOVED the concept! I, too, also thought of Hitch when I read this one!

  4. I LOVE relationship fixing business storylines, like hello Hitch is such a fun movie to watch. I have this business on my shelf, I'll have to get to it... AT SOME POINT.