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Getting Over Garrett Delaney Review

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Title: Getting Over Garrett Delaney
Author: Abby McDonald
Publication date: January 24, 2012

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780763655075

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 self-help guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.

When I first saw this book I was expecting a romance novel but it was much more than that. Sadie has been in love with Garrett, her best friend, for two years. They have the same taste in movies, books and music the only problem is Garrett has no idea.In the summer he is going to be away for six weeks at a camp for aspiring writers, and she doesn't know what to do without him, her whole world is built around Garrett and now she's devastated.

Finally, after some thinking, she decides to get a job in Totally Wired coffee shop and starts becoming friends with her co-workers. This is the part of the book I really enjoyed, it was so much fun to know each of her friends, their personalities were so different but at the same time they complemented each other, they were essential for her to move on.

Sometimes Sadie drove me crazy mostly at the beginning of the book, but we get to see how she pulls herself together and starts a journey of self-discovery. As for Garrett, I never liked him, sometimes I though that maybe he was totally aware of Sadie's feelings for him and was just proud to have her like a trophy .

This is the first novel I've read by Abby McDonald and after reading this book it won't be my last. It was a fun read I loved the writing style and the humor in the book, but most of all, I loved the message: there's more to life than a boy.

Overall I enjoyed this light and entertaining story and I would recommend this book to contemporary YA readers.

Review based on an Advanced Reader's Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.


  1. I heard about this book a few days ago, and since then I've wanted to read it! Great review! I like the whole message of the book "there's more to life than a boy." Can't wait to read more reviews from you!

  2. This sounds fab. I already thought this would be a really fun read. Excellent review! I love this sort of story, and will definitely be looking for this one.

  3. I'll have to check this book out. I love this sort of story :)


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