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by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
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 Midnight Musings: I must be on a book high, because the last few books that I’ve read have been wonderful, and Over You was like the cherry on top of a book sundae. I loved the premise, with Max racing to fix the broken hearts of New York’s walking wounded girls and their transformation from crying puddles of mess back to the confident, single, young women they were before. Allegedly.
Max’s life is a bit outlandish and unbelievable, at 17 she’s got her own basement apartment underneath her mom’s new place, access (although not completely legal, okay completely illegal access) to drool worthy fashion, and an amazing business. But since I’m really good at suspension of belief I was able to go along with all of this. And I have to admit, I was a bit jealous of Max, although fortunately Max’s life is as messed up as anybody else and she’s the pot doling out advice to all of New York’s kettles. She makes mistakes, especially in the area of her friendship with her best friend, and she’s fairly clueless when it comes to her own life.
But aren’t we all? I am an expert when it comes to your problems. My own? Uh, not so much.
In a lot of ways this book reminds me of the movie The Wedding Planner and Jennifer Lopez’s Mary character because Max has her own bag of magic to fix any dumped girl’s dilemmas and has loyal assistants who help manage all the many problems that pop up. And even though Max has helped countless girls get over their ex, she’s been running from her own heartbreak. Which isn’t a problem until her ex moves to New York and pretty much moochies on Max’s territory, even darkening her future plans.
Things begin to fall apart in her personal life, but every bit of this book is amusing. I laughed, I teared up a few times, and I cringed when Max made the WRONG decisions. She was like the sorority girl who checks the attic after hearing what is obviously the sound of her roommate’s decapitated head hitting the attic floor and, even though you know she’s the heroine of the movie there’s still a chance she is just going to end up a bloody mess.
Over You was probably the funniest book that I’ve read in awhile, it literally had me laughing out loud. The point of view was mostly Max, but we occasionally the reader is privy to other character’s thoughts, which was a tad confusing in the beginning. In the end though I liked it, because I really did want to know more about Ben, Taylor and Bridget. In fact, I would have been happy to have a book just about Bridget and Taylor, and I’m kind of hoping to see sequels to this book.
And now, after reading Over You, I am totally prepared to help you, my Midnight Book Minions, with any and all future heartbreaks you may experience. I will stock up on chocolate and help come up with your awesome Moments when your ex will realize the horrible mistake he/she made in dumping you and beg to take you back, which of course you will decline because you will have moved on. Okay, maybe I won’t actually stock up on chocolate, since most chocolate in this house gets devoured, but I will buy some on the way over to your place.
I’ve read a few other novels by McLaughlin and Kraus, Dedication which I loved, Nanny Diaries which I liked, and Citizen Girl which was just okay. Over You is more like a YA version of Dedication, and I will definitely be looking for more books by these authors!
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The cover gets a Midnight Book Cover Rating of:
I think it’s cute and it fits the book, but it’s not a cover that would stop me in my tracks.
** I received a copy of Over You through Around the World ARC tours in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts, opinion and snark are my own**