Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Review: Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald
Publisher: Candlewick Press
First published: January 24th, 2012
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Goodreads Summary:
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

First thoughts:
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.

More detailed:
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

Abby McDonald online:

Goodreads | Website
Read the first chapter of Getting Over Garrett Delaney

Have you read Getting Over Garrett Delaney? What did you think about it?
Do you plan to read it?


  1. Awww I want to read this one. I've been reading zombie and dystopian books lately I need a good contemp to change the pace soon O_O

  2. Ooh, this sounds really cute! I'm starting to pick up more contemps these days. Going to have to add this one to my ever-growing pile :)

  3. Oh wow, if this is very close to Anna and the French Kiss, I will definitely have to check it out. :) It sounds like a really good read!

  4. I wanted to read this, but decided at the last minute I couldn't afford to pre-order it at the time. I'm glad that you enjoyed it! It did sound like a fantastic fun read and I can't wait to pick it up eventually!

    Great Review!
    Nomalicious Reads

  5. I haven't read it but it got my attention a while ago. This just screams a nice, fluffy and no-deep-feelings-attached read. And if it's close to Anna and the French Kiss, then I definitely have to check it out! :)

  6. I've been thinking about checking this out. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It sounds like a good read.

    Safari Poet

  7. I have been mooning over this cover but haven't been able to decide if the story would be worth it! Thank you so much for convincing me with your amazing review!! I'm going to order it in my next book order!! :)

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