Thursday, July 7, 2011
So Over You by Gwen Hayes
Good Reads Summary
Layney Logan, girl reporter.
That's all she's ever wanted to be. This year, her senior year, not only does she have to share the coveted Senior Editor position with her arch nemesis, Jimmy Foster, she also has to figure out how to keep the school paper alive. With the local paper closing and the school cutting Journalism from the budget, it's a long shot. Working side-by-side with Foster, the guy she likes to call Lucifer,makes it even worse.
The only thing Layney dislikes more than swimming in the high school dating pool is Jimmy Foster think he got the best of her, so she takes his ridiculous newspaper assignment--to go on twelve blind dates--to prove his powers of darkness won't work on her. The trouble is, the more she learns about herself on her journey of bad blind dates, the more she wonders if maybe Foster has known her better than she knows herself all this time.
And maybe she should have trusted him with the secret she’s kept for four years—the secret that broke them up to begin with.
So Over You is a young adult short novel of almost 40,000 words.
SO OVER YOU satisfies something that’s been missing in what I’ve been reading lately. It’s funny on purpose. More often than not, I laugh at how ridiculous I find a scenario or at how improbable I find certain events in books. And while this one does have a serious side, it’s laughter that was in mind when a girl “married to her job” is forced to go on twelve blind dates.
It’s also fun when a lead is likable in how off-center she is. And she knows that she’s neurotic too. Too serious, she admits to being devoted to the getting the paper of the ground. She also admits, time and again, (and to his face) to loathing her partner, Foster. There be awesome chemistry between them, especially given their history. It was them, their byplay, that had me chuckling. At times, he’d come across as crude, but she certainly gave as good as he did. And when she instigated, he'd respond without holding back.
They sound like teenagers too. I always complain when a YA protag sounds/talks too young (too middle grade with ‘fake’ cusses to boot,) or when they sound too old. Such things, I did not find here because both Logan and Foster (even Tyler and Micah) sound realistic.
Overall, it’s a nice fluff-filled break… I ought to give it a 4 just for the laughs, but but I’ll settle for a three point five.