I finished reading Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus for an Around the World ARC Tour yesterday.
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.
I was excited to read this book because it is by the same authors as The Nanny Diaries, and I enjoyed those books. Unfortunately, this fell a little on the blah side for me.
I felt like a lot of this book was corny and immature. There were just a lot of times I rolled my eyes. There was something about the writing and the dialouge that just left me wishing it were different. And I had a problem with the fact that Max's mom was perfectly okay with her dropping out of high school, getting her GED and then not doing anything. Her mom didn't know about her company, but she wasn't working a side job or taking college classes.
That being said, I like the idea of an Ex, Inc. I definitely had my heartbreak and could have used something like that. (Although I don't think it's that easy to get over a loved one). But I could feel Max's heartbreak and I knew what she was going through.
On the other hand, some of the characters didn't do it for me. Ben? Yeah, don't get the appeal in him. He just seemed boring. I liked Max some of the time and some of the time I felt myself rolling my eyes at her. My favorite character was definitely Zach. I just loved his character!
Overall, not a great read but not a horrible one either.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
Over You will be released on August 21, 2012.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 48
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 41
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 45
Completely Contemp Challenge 2012: 2012-10
2012 Standalone Reading Challenge: 13
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for
an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.