Thursday, January 26

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Summary: 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.

Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly onesided. The object of her obsession - ahem, affection - is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie's feelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep-blue eyes). For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett's constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to art films to '80s indie rock - all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder - until he calls to say he's fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she's finally had enough. It's time for total Garrett detox! Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized selfhelp guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.

My Thoughts: A 12 step program to get over a guy? This is my kind of book! Oh, where was this book when I was a teen? Being in love with your best friend when he's constantly got a girlfriend? Yep, been there, done that.

We are introduced to Sadie (cool name) who is best friends with a boy named Garrett Delaney. She's been obsessed with him for 2 years waiting for him to open his eyes and finally notice she's the one for him. Of course, he always has a new girlfriend and she loyally plays the girl sidekick always giving him advice.

After not getting into a literary camp while Garrett does, after his call to reveal his love for yet another girl, Sadie is determined to get over this boy. She must. She has to find herself. How much of her personality is based solely on this guy?

She gets a job at a coffee shop, meets a bunch of new friends, takes up with her old friend Kayla, and starts putting her 12 step program into action. Even her newly found friends help her purge Garrett out of her life for good.

She ignores his calls, texts, emails, and tries to focus on everyday tasks and having fun.

There is also a cute chef who works there named Josh. Josh and Sadie are just friends. I knew from the get go, I was going to like Josh. He was a funny goofy kind of guy. He didn't put the moves on Sadie, he understood what she was going through.

With the help of her friends, she finally starts to learn who she is, and that she doesn't just love everything she thought she did, because of Garrett.

I wanted to hate Garrett but I didn't exactly hate him. But thinking about how some of the little things he did were jerky, I am kind of irritated with him. I mean, some of his actions, really stunk.  Yes, at the beginning I wanted him to open his big fat eyes and see how much she loved him and realize maybe he felt the same way, but by the time he even halfway came to his senses, I was so over Garrett and into Josh.

As for Sadie, I loved her personality. She was very spunky. Her personality was so easy to relate too. The writing just flowed and flowed, and I finished this within a few hours!

Getting Over Garrett Delaney was a great contemporary novel. This is exactly the right book for anyone who has a crush on their best friend especially when they don't feel the same way. This book is exactly what you need to read if your in the mood for a funny but full of lessons novel.

Overall: A Great novel! Abby McDonald is an author to read. I always find her books to be so cute and funny and marvelous! Loved this book! Can't wait to read whatever she writes next!

Cover: Love it! Love how she is laying down with a book over her head. She looks frustrated! I also love how her feet are up against the wall. The cover alone has the word awesome written all over it!

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Jordan Deen said...

Great review- I can't wait to read this one. I think I need to get a 12-step program to understand some of the stuff my 6 year old does. LOL


Jennifer Rummel said...

I can't wait to read this one!!!!

Alexa said...

I keep going back and forth on if I will read this one or not. I'm so glad you loved it and if you enjoyed it this much then it must be a great story.

Thanks for the great review.

Vivien said...

SO glad you loved it! I've been really needing a great contemporary fix. This sounds like it meets the criteria :)

Bianca said...

Thanks for the great review. Good to hear that you loved it.

ansindt said...

5 cupcakes! I guess I should read it! Thanks=)


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