Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Review Source: Netgalley
Synopsis: (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 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.
'Getting Over Garrett Delaney' is a sweet book featuring a main character who you grow to care about, even as she drives you crazy at times. Sadie's obsession with this guy is so realistic, because you can totally picture the type of guy Garrett is and see how she would find him appealing, even while as the reader you can see what a pretentious [insert expletive here] he is.
One aspect of this book I loved was the coffee shop awesome-ness. I've always dreamed about working at a cafe, and I loved reading about Sadie's co-workers at the coffee shop. One in particular was chef Josh who just might appreciate the real Sadie, showing her what it's like when a boy doesn't take you for granted.
This book examines codependent relationships and philosophizes about what love truly is, also promoting the idea that you should be only yourself. I think this is a book I would have really enjoyed back in high school, just because of the cutesy contemporary rom-com vibe it has. This was a good book, but it doesn't particularly stand out in any way.
Cute enough; I'm not the biggest fan of the pastels, but I like the design.
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