Published by Candlewick Press on 2012-01
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
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 one-sided. 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 a 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.
I have more books than I can possibly read, but there’s so many I want to read all at once. I made a TBR Jar to help me decide which book to read next. My first pick for January was:
This book caught my eye when it first came out, but I actually ended up buying it on ebay (signed) for an auction to raise money for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Irene. And then like most books I desperately want to read, it lingered in shadow on my tbr shelves. Usually when I pick a book off my tbr shelves it’s like a kind of torture (a bit like the other day when I accidentally water boarded myself a little in the shower whilst trying to wash the dye out of my hair. It only lasted a second, but confirmed my long held belief that I would crack easily under interrogation. I am no Sydney Bristow.) and I stare at the books trying to pick between them and worrying that I’m hurting the feelings of inanimate objects. This condition probably requires medication to treat, but all symptoms abate quickly once I make up my mind. The TBR Jar cuts through all that shiz, and so I was glad to get a contemporary romance, sweet if predictable and sure to be a fast read.
And it was a cute read! It’s not the best contemporary I’ve read, but I thought the message for teens was a good one. It’s about losing your identity when you fall for someone. When you twist and bend and squeeze your body and soul into the person you think you have to be to get a particular person to love you, it’s never really going to work. This came up in another YA book I read this year, where a character pretends to like all the same things her crush likes, but Sadie is so far gone in love with Garrett that she doesn’t even realize she’s doing it. And while there were things to like about Garrett, you can never really root for him because it’s so obvious that he’s a blind tool when it comes to Sadie. He takes her for granted and only really notices she’s not is one girl cheering section when she starts to cheer for herself.
I really liked Sadie’s summer job in the coffee shop, complete with all the drama work places can have, and I liked the little tips for getting over a crush in between chapters. There were even parts that made me laugh, and some that made me tear up. What keeps it from being a higher rating is that was a bit simplistic at times. I felt that it almost could have been younger YA or middle grade. Which is fine, because as an adult I’m not really the target audience. I will definitely share this with my 15 and 13 year old nieces because while it deals with some more mature subjects, it’s not the Jackie Collins smut that I read when I was their age. 😉
Getting Over Garrett Delaney gets a Midnight Book Rating of: