Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: NetGalley-from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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 selfhelp
guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.
There were some great things going on with this book. I loved the writing style, and the humor, while not laugh-out-loud funny, definitely entertained me and made me giggle on occasion. The story was fun, and I really enjoyed reading it. But that’s all it was. Fun. So I gave it 3 stars. I know to a lot of people that means I didn’t like it, but that’s just not true. I am a deeply emotional reader. And when I don’t really connect with a book on an emotional level, I feel like something is missing. I don’t expect to cry or swoon every time I read a book, but I would like to feel something. I just wanted to make that clear.
I’d like to talk about the characters. While I enjoyed them and thought they were unique (at least the girls), I found them a little flat. Ultimately, I just wanted to care a lot more than I did. It was a fun read, a perfect YA beach read, but this book will never earn a special place on my bookshelf. And that’s okay. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. I just didn’t love it.
Also, that ending. It ended exactly like I thought it was supposed to, but it was so abrupt. The entire story flowed so well until I got to the ending. And then it just cut off. It was so bizarre. It was almost like the author couldn’t figure out where or how to write the ending. Even the location was weird. I can’t explain without blowing this review up with spoilers, and maybe it’s just me and I’m the only one who will have issues with it. Who knows?
And then there is the fact that the girl on the cover has no boobs and looks like she’s 12. Sadie is 17. Weird, and I think the cover is kind of a bad choice.
Bottom line: fun read, not very much depth, but great for someone who is looking for mindless enjoyment. Just go into it with no expectations and you might be pleasantly surprised. I probably was looking forward to reading this one too much.
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