Thursday, November 01, 2012

Review: Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Over You Over You by Emma McLaughlin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

3.75 stars
Strange rating, I know, but it deserved higher than a high 3 keeping in mind the genre.

Writing: So this was chick-lit like everything else these authors write. I find chick-lit simple to read. I must comment on the POV. That was weird! It was written in third person present and would skip from Max to Ben, sometimes unexpectedly.

Characters: A lot of people don't like Max, but she was just a young girl trying to figure out her life after being heartbroken. Obviously, she was going to be naive. I don't know how anyone can expect her to act like a mature adult when she's only 17. I thought she was very caring for her clients and had the qualities of a good friend. As for Hugo, most people would call him the French word for shower, but I'm going to be nice and call him a jerk. Ben seemed very sensitive, a little too sensitive, to me.

Plot: It's a typical boy meets girls, they like each other, someone messes up, and then a final makeup for a happily ever after. I thought this book was too short. In reality, Max and Ben only exchanged a few short conversations. I didn't think that their relationship was developed enough to start falling for each other.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Only someone who enjoys chick-lit because a lot of people can't stand the corny jokes and predictability.

I think the trailer is very cute:

P.S. These ladies are the nicest people!!!  I met them at a signing.

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