by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
4 out of 5 on Goodreads.com
When seventeen-year-old Max Scott got her heart broken she didn’t just sit at home sobbing into her ice cream and obsessing over her ex, Hugo’s, latest Facebook postings. Well, actually she did. But she also decided that no girl should have to be tortured like that, so she read through all the psych books, Oprah transcripts, and historical precedents she could get her hands on and came up with a foolproof program to get over being dumped.
These days, Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when Hugo shows up in her neighborhood, suddenly Max is so busy trying to avoid her own ex that she isn’t able to help anyone else with theirs. As Hugo invades her life all over again, 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 her ex once and for all.
This story was adorable. I don’t think I’ve ever described a book with that word, but it’s the first word that came to mind. High school may have been eleven years ago for me, but the summer between my sophomore and junior year in college I had my heart BROKEN. Two years of dating down the drain and The Ex was now with one of my friends. I would have loved for a Max to help me out of my insanity.
Luckily, I had friends who did pick me up off of the floor and into the shower. And I eventually had my Moment, though it took years instead of weeks and I remember walking away and being like YES YES YES THIS IS IT!
The point of my relationship history is that I’ve been through it. So completely exactly through it, as most girls (and guys) have whether it was a short passion-filled month or years of dedication.
Over You is written for a YA audience and isn’t one that I see crossing over to a general adult audience like many in the genre are these days. But the characters are great, the storyline is relatable from all angles, and I highly recommend it.