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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Feasted On: Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Hardcover - Pages: 319; Kindle Edition - File Size: 584 KB | Expected Release Date: January 24, 2012 | Publisher: Candlewick Press | Obtained: NetGalley

"Getting Over Garrett Delaney" by Abby McDonald

My Book Summary : Ever since Sadie met Garrett she has been madly infatuated with him, however he's never seen her as anything other than a friend. Nevertheless, when summer break begins and Garrett becomes single again, Sadie has high hopes that this is finally the time when their relationship will begin to change and become something more. Yet when their summer plans get messed up, and Garrett goes off to literary camp while Sadie stays in town working at the local coffee shop, she comes to realize that the friendship between them might not even be a friendship and what she took as them being "equals" might not be that at all. Therefore, while Garrett is away (with his latest love he met at camp) Sadie decides to go through a "12 step plan" to get over her obsession with Garrett and try turning herself into the person she might really want to be. Thankfully, she has friends new and old to help her out, however, when Garrett returns from camp will she be able to stick to her plan, or will she fall back into old habits??

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! This novel is fun and makes you remember what it's like to be a teenager. Well, a girl teen at least. Dealing with the pressures from friends to like the things they do. As well as, dealing with the all too usual cases of unrequited love, or at least what you believe to be love at the time you’re feeling it. In addition, I liked that it didn't only deal with the feelings that Sadie was having. Since this novel also shows, how that even when we grow up we can get into situations where we might change ourselves for someone else---even if we don't intentionally mean to at that time---and how some of us deal with the after effects of those decisions.

This novel reminded me of my teenage years. I was shy (I still am in some ways). However, between the ages of 13-16 years old I pretty much took whatever my friends said as "cool" as what was right. [Example: I like country music but they didn't so I didn't like country music.] I think most teenagers (and younger kids) do this a lot growing up. Just hopefully at some point they'll come to their senses and realize trying to find out who they are and want to be is what the right thing to do is, which is what Sadie tries to learn throughout this whole novel.

I really liked the characters, everyone from the cafe (LuAnn, Dominique, Josh, Aiko, etc) was hilarious with their own little family camaraderie going on, and Kayla was very refreshing since she really grows (or as Sadie comes to realize she is more then what meets the eye) throughout the book. Even Garrett, in a weird way, isn't really a bad guy and is a good character. His only real flaw was trying to change Sadie in the first place and then kind of being a "user" type of person.

Anyway ... what I'm trying to say is ... I HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys YA books. Especially novels that have strong female leads that have role model potential!!

Book Teaser(s) :
Romeo and Juliet? Death by poison, dagger, and miscommunication. I feel a surge of new energy as I click through the pages, updating every relationship with their dismal demise. Shakespeare is easy. Desdemona: murdered by her husband. Ophelia: drowned. Cordelia: hanged. Uplifting. ~ within Chapter 10
"I thought up another step for that plan of yours!"
"You did?" I remain noncommittal. LuAnn's previous suggestions for the "Getting Over Garrett" file have so far included transferring to an international school somewhere glamorous and European, making out with twenty-four boys in twenty-four hours, and staging an intricate voodoo witchcraft ceremony to peel his essence from around my soul. ~ within Chapter 20
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Abby, then please check out her website.

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