Thursday, September 6, 2012

Review: Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Over You
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.

My Review: 
If I had one word to describe this book, it would be "Slick". It's like this show:
I remember watching "Full House". In fact, I spent many an evening watching it...when I had nothing better to do. But the first offer to do anything else and "Full House" gets kicked to the curb. It didn't have to be a good offer, just an offer. "Full House" was not a must watch TV show- it was just background noise while reading a book or folding laundry. Which brings us back to "Over You"...  
It's a book that feels like it needs a studio audience- and a laugh track. So you would laugh and clap along with it and know how to feel. Because what I mostly felt was ambivalent. And that's not a good way to feel while reading a book. I guess it starts with not caring about the characters. And if you don't care about the characters, you don't care what happens to them. Which means you don't really care what happens in the book. The characters felt like "stock" 80's TV show characters- Spunky Girl, Quirky Best Friend, Ditzy Mom...and on and on. Look, overall, the book was cheesy. And not good cheese- not baked Brie with some toasted nuts and maybe some fruit like apples and figs. Like this kind of cheese:
Should you read this book? Look if you're having a crap week at work or school, then maybe this book wouldn't be a bad choice. Cheese in a Can has a purpose too- it's convenient, my children think it's one of the most awesome things ever because I can make happy faces on a cracker with it...So "Over You" would be a good reading choice when you're just slammed at work/school, but need a light book to take a mental break. The times when you don't want to waste a "real" book by a favorite author or ruin the book you've been waiting all summer to be released, because you're too distracted to really enjoy and appreciate any book you're reading.  

Overall Rating: 2 stars  
Genre Rating: 2 1/2 stars
Over You


  1. The synopsis sort of reminds me of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg (which was a book that I enjoyed, plus soooo many Beatles references, be still my heart). It's always too bad when the characters don't engage you...I always find myself struggling to get through books where I honestly don't care what happens to them.

  2. I do like an occasional mental break, but this might be just a bit too much cheese. I'll have to look at some other reviews, but I do enjoy funny. Thanks for the review!

  3. The book sounds like a waste of good reading time - but I really enjoyed your review :-)

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  5. Thank you for sharing that video! I forgot how much I like that show =)

    And I just wanted to say that I really love your creative edge to your reviews. I know exactly how you felt about this book. Cheese in a can...Wonderful comparison!

  6. Cheese!!! XDDD

    Wonderful review though I wonder if I'll feel the same way. Hmm..mostly likely.

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