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December 28, 2011

Review: Getting Over Garret Delaney by Abby Mcdonald - Juhina

Getting Over Garrett Delaney
Title: Getting Over Garrett Delaney
Author: Abby Mcdonald
Publication date: January, 24, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: ebook (NetGalley)
Cover impression: Adorable 
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 self-help 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 about a girl who.. Well, is getting over Garrett Delaney. Sadie has been Garrett’s best friend for two years, however the first time she laid eyes on him at the coffee shop; she believed that he was the one. However, two years later and they’re still only friends, which frustrates her to no end. When Garrett goes away to summer camp and Sadie gets a job at that same coffee shop, she finally decides that she has had enough. The gods of unrequited love aren’t choosing the right moment to grant her wish, they just won’t. Sadie constructs a 12-step process to rid herself of her love sickness. 
I am just SO HAPPY with the ending of the book. Let me just tell you that I was quite conflicted at the beginning, do I want her to end up with Garrett at the end? Or do I want her to finally free herself from him and to finally take pride in her single-hood. 
At the beginning her obsession baffled me, but she grew on me as I kept reading. I loved her determination, and in the end I believe she made the wise and right decision for herself. The book was cute, especially with the coffee shop co-workers she befriends. Sadie definitely gained my respect in the end, and I finally got to read a book where a girl doesn’t need to be defined by the guy on her side. I would recommend this book to any contemporary lover, and for people who have had unrequited loves (who hadn’t?) and fans of realistic contemps. 
Definitely a cute tune!


  1. Sounds like an entertaining book! I wonder if she did end up with him in the end or not... Nice review! :)

  2. Haha I love this cover it's so much fun! It sounds like a great read too Im def. adding this to my wishlist!!

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  3. I really want to know the end too! I have since I saw the cover. Sounds like heartbreak but you seem satisfied with the conclusion. I think I already have it on my to-read list but I better check.

  4. This sounds like a great contemporary read! I'm really intrigued by this story line. Glad the character grew on you!

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