Monday, February 27, 2012

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Getting Over Garrett Delaney
Good Reads Summary
Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

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 onesided. 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 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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Getting Over Garrett Delaney. It’s quite different seeing a girl try to get out of being in love when the norm is seeing a girl fall head over heels over some boy. This one was slow to start for me. Sadie in particular was not that impressive to begin with. She’s a sad girl really. It’s her as BFF with unrequited love, but the twist was what she did to get out of love instead of stewing in it. I really didn’t like her I mean, I really didn’t like her. Most everything said about her with him was true. That she was too wrapped up in him? that there was no her? Both so true; both so sad.

Her and Garrett. She’s clueless … and her realizations about him, about herself and about them together were slow to come to her. But once made, change was inevitable… so I was rooting for her. But prior, it was so obvious how little she knew outside their friendship. And never was it more obvious than with Josh. God! Those moments were funny and painful. Funny because how could I not laugh at how little she knew. But painful too, mostly for what Josh must have been feeling.

I enjoyed the story mostly because it’s cute and fluffy and funny break. Her twelve step program especially was all those things. Even the supporting characters had me laughing. Sure, there’s not that much too them: I’d even go as far as saying that they felt a bit one dimensional. It was almost as if Sadie had one kind of friend each. One artsy type; one quirky, loud and out there type; one directed and bit too serious in tone; then one who’s popular, pretty and seemingly  having  everything already figured out. Yet her with them, in pairs or as a group? Hilarious.

3/5




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