Author: Abby McDonald
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Source: For Review
Note: I don't know why she looks so young in the cover when she's seventeen in the book...O.O
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'sfeelings 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! Aheartbroken 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 selfhelpguide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love
Getting Over Garrett Delaney is a cute, funny, and totally heart-warming contemporary!
GOGD is about a girl named Sadie who has been in love with her best friend, Garrett, from day one. But when he goes off to literary camp for the summer and she gets a call about his latest romantic tryst just days after he said he had something special and important to tell her, she decides she needs to go through a full and total Garrett detox! Sadie is a dear. She's a typical teenager, which is something I can always appreciate in YA! Her voice is genuine and I understood her struggle to find out who she was outside of Garrett, because that was the thing.
I liked that this book wasn't about Sadie finding someone else, but about finding out who she was when she was apart from Garrett, someone who influenced her decisions and her life SO much in the past few years. He was her best and really only friend and her opinions were so warped from being with him, she realized she didn't even know who she was! And she spends the book trying new things and meeting new people and simply stepping out of her comfort zone and having fun, which is what the detox was all about! And it's not all breezy for her, I mean, when you've been in love with someone for two years, it's hard to just return your feelings to something platonic. She fails and she has to retrace her steps and sometimes she pisses people off, but that was part of the journey!
The side-characters all had their little quirks and back stories that made them become Sadie's support group, which I liked. LuAnn with her crazy outfits and sucky love life, Aiko, Josh, and Kayla were all funny and wanted to shake some sense into Sadie as much as I did!
This book isn't heavy on the romance, which I actually appreciated. It isn't about Sadie finding someone else, it's about Sadie finding herself! But there is the adorable chef Josh and then there is Garrett, who I found to the biggest ass-hat in the universe. He's one of those pretentious literary writers who think genre fiction is trash and to be a writer means being a slave to your work and writing for money is like selling your soul because you must be poor to be a writer and GOD GARRETT SHUT UP ALREADY. I was so glad Sadie got away from him!
Overall, a cute and light contemporary read!