Sunday, August 5, 2012

How to Save a Heart

Over You
By: Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Reported by: Julianna Helms
Source: ARC via Tour
Release Date: Aug. 21st, 2012 from HarperTeen/HarperCollins

After the grand explosion of her relationship, seventeen-year-old Max Scott developed what every girl in the history of the world has been waiting for: a way to get over being dumped. Now Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when her ex unexpectedly shows up in her neighborhood, Max’s carefully controlled world starts to unravel. With her clients’ hearts hanging in the balance, Max will have to do the seemingly impossible: get over him once and for all.

Brilliant at bringing humor to the trials and tribulations of the lovestruck, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have crafted a tale that will resonate with any girl who has ever been in love or had her heart broken. It brims with smart observations, features a pitch-perfect teen voice, and will attract fans of Jenny Han, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Barnholdt. Readers are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp spin on breaking up, making up, and getting even.

-Summary from Goodreads
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A startlingly lovely, delicately beautiful story of love and heartbreak--and the strength to survive both--Over You is perfect for those who don't date, are in relationships, or just got out of one.

Max Scott is a heroine that makes real life shine. Her very ambition transforms reality into something fantastic and wonderful. Even as fantasy teases us with glimpses of worlds magical and evocative, Max's story provokes the same sense of excitement and dedication in what is a typically mundane setting: real life.

Over You is a refreshingly easy story to get into. The heroine is intelligent and unwavering and the situations she deal with are relatable to literally everybody. She's witty and knows exactly what she's doing--a much-welcomed trait after tens to hundreds of damsels-in-distress heroines. The other characters, Zach, Phoebe, and Ben are all unique in their own ways and are such palpable people, it's stunning. I would be reading this book and suddenly it's as if my friends have snuck into its pages and are cosplaying as someone else.

Despite Over You's obvious awesomeness, there was indeed one problem that I had: the POVs. The story would constantly switch from one person's Point of View to the next, and it was often confusing and disorienting to be so suddenly thrust into another life. The writing is smooth and a joy to glide through, but there are at times clunky phrasings that make you pause and re-read the sentence over and over again until you can finally surmise what was trying to be conveyed.

Overall, though, Over You is a supremely fun and exceedingly awesome story. It channels heartbreak and follows the trajectory of emotions in an exhilarating and accurate fashion. It's quirky and perfect for fans of Anna and the French Kiss. And it's just the book, of course, to accompany you as you learn to say the words: "I'm over you."
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