Publisher: Candlewick Press
First published: January 24th, 2012
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.
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
This is such a refreshing and cute read which addresses a very important topic at the same time: unrequited love and the things we can be willing to do to make other people love us. I fell in love with this book very fast and can recommend it for everyone who loves contemporary YA romance. If you're looking for a unconventional love story, this could be the right one for you.
Getting Over Garrett Delaney is a wonderful story which shows us the pain of unrequited love. I think almost everyone has felt this already, but the main character Sadie has taken her love for Garrett to a whole new level. She has become the person she thinks he could fall in love with, but nonetheless she is still waiting for him to realize that they're perfect for each other.
I loved how Sadie starts to realize how much her world only revolved around Garrett. She makes some very disconcerting discovieries about herself and the life she has led, but instead of giving up, she decides to fight. Sadie is a wonderful and very relatable main character and while reading I felt as though I was living her story.
The people she meets while trying to get over Garrett are wonderful. LuAnn, Kayla, Dominique and especially Josh are amazing characters and I'd love to spend some time with them as well. Each of them is unique and although they are "just" secondary characters, you can really see how they're developing during the novel and are inspired by Sadie's new attitude towards life.
All in all, Getting Over Garrett Delaney is a heartfelt and beautiful contemporary novel. I didn't like it as much as Anna and the French Kiss, but it's very close - and I'm sure that everyone who loves Stephanie Perkins' books will like this one as well. Unrequited love hurts, but Sadie has found a wonderful way to cope with it and I would love to know how her story continues.
YA Contemporary Challenge 2012
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