{Review} Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

September 4, 2013 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★★

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Candlewick
Age Group: YA


Summary from Goodreads:
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 one-sided. 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 a 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.I can’t wait to find out more in the next book (and the last book. haha) I wish I had time to read Insight right this second. Jolene really knows how to put together a great quality book. The plot is addictive. It sucks you right in and the flow is perfect. If you are looking for a great YA paranormal series where the romance is a main part, you need to check out this series. Right now.

I absolutely, totally and completely LOVED Getting Over Garrett Delaney. This is my first Abby McDonald book but if her other books are as awesome and witty as this one, I need to read them ASAP! I think that anyone who has ever had a crush on anyone can relate to this book. The whole gang of characters made me smile and the main character was like reading about your best friend. 

Sadie has been in love with Garrett Delaney since she first laid eyes on him. And as soon as he noticed her, she did everything she could to try and get him to like her. The two became quick friends, but she always wanted more. He basically became her whole world. It seemed like he was her only friend. At first I didn’t really think anything of it, but as soon as he left for summer and she met all the people at the coffee place, I realized how much her life revolved around Garrett and only Garrett. It was crazy. But it made me love her plan to get over Garrett even more. I loved how it was broken down into steps as the story progressed. It started out as a plan for Sadie but really it was half little words of wisdom and half marking Sadies character growth. 

Watching Sadie’s perception of Garrett change throughout the story was interesting as well. At first she was blinded by her crush. She thought he was perfect, but her new group of friends helped her see what kind of person he really was. I felt a little bad for Garrett because I don’t think he was completely a bad person. He just wasn’t the person that Sadie made him out to be. I loved when Sadie started trying new things and figuring out what she liked and what she didn’t. She was figuring out who she really was and who she wanted to be. 

I liked that the end of the book only hinted at the promise of new love and it wasn’t about Sadie jumping from Garrett to a new guy. Getting Over Garrett Delaney wasn’t about a new guy fixing all of Sadie’s problems. It was about Sadie and her growth as a person. It was an adorable coming of age story. The writing was fresh and hilarious. I loved the pop culture references. It reminded me of Meg Cabot, which is pretty much the biggest compliment I can give to YA books. 

I fell in love with the characters in Getting Over Garrett Delaney. I related to Sadie and to this book. I think that anyone that has been in a relationship, or a bad breakup, or a crush, or really anything guy related will find something to connect with in this book. It really is amazing. I couldn’t put it down and I want to read it again right now.

5/5 Gavels




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