“Oh gosh. It's been too long. Am I going to have to reread this? Probably. But that's okay because one thing I do remember is I enjoyed this book. Played out pretty much exactly like any teen romcom movie, which is exactly what I wanted from it.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“For some reason ... I really am not enjoying any other books by Emma and Nicola, besides The Nanny Diaries and its sequel. I find everything else drab, shallow and it's as if they're trying too hard to keep up with current events and/or views of what society deems 'cool' 'hip' or 'trendy'. Just...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Oh gosh. It's been too long. Am I going to have to reread this? Probably. But that's okay because one thing I do remember is I enjoyed this book. Played out pretty much exactly like any teen romcom movie, which is exactly what I wanted from it. ”Sethers wrote this review Monday, October 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: Fun, light hearted read with a cute protagonist and a fun premise. It was a little too predictable but over all an enjoyable read.
Opening Sentence: An early leaf loosens from a tree and blows into Max’s jacket, fluttering down and getting crushed beneath the toe of her platform pump as she strides down the sidewalk purposefully to her next case.
Max is 17 years old and she runs a very successful business helping girls get over their ex’s. Max went through a terrible experience — her junior year in high school she got dumped. Afterwards she left school and decided to get her GED. She was so heartbroken and depressed she didn’t know how to cope with it all. Then she came up with a brilliant idea she would make a program for girls that have gotten dumped and help them get over it as quickly as possible. She works by referral only and the program has been very successful. She has decided to go to college and major in psychology. She plans to present her work to the head of the department and hopes that her research will help women all over the country.
Things couldn’t get any better for Max, she is doing something she loves and helping others at the same time. Then she runs into the one person she never expected to see again, her ex-boyfriend. He’s in town helping with his family business and he plans to be around for a while. Max soon realizes that she is not even close to being over her ex. How can she expect to help heal others if she doesn’t even know how to heal her own heart? Max now has a new mission: to get over her ex and fast.
Max is a really likeable character. She is really sweet and obliviously she really cares about helping others. She is gorgeous, funny, confidant, and nice. But underneath all of that she is just as insecure as every other girl out there. She deals with everyone else’s problems so she can avoid her own. It was fun to watch her grow and develop as a person. Her emotions and experiences are something pretty much every teenage girl has gone through. Because of that she was very easy to connect with. She had her flaws and some were a little irritating at times, but overall, I really liked her.
This was a fun, light, and really fast read. I enjoyed the romance, it was sweet and very cute. My biggest issue with this story was that the story didn’t quite fit the characters for me. I felt that the premise of the story fit better for younger girls and not someone that has the maturity level that Max was at. She is 17 years old and getting ready to apply to college, but the way she came across, I kept thinking that she was much younger than she really was. But with that being said, I still really enjoyed this book. I found Max refreshing and a fun character to get to know. It was funny and quirky with lots of drama. The writing was engaging and the booked flowed very well. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a fun light contemporary read.
Max’s eye lingers on the guy’s arm circling round the girl’s waist, torquing her frame into his. Max does allow herself to feel a brief pang of nostalgia, same as when she catches a few seconds on The Notebook on cable, when she lets herself remember what it felt like to be kissed that hard. A trio of guys walk in front of the couple, obscuring Max’s perving. One step closer to the curb, his blazer collar upturned against the breeze. Suddenly Max feels a cold drop beneath her ribs, like her plane just lost altitude. The stoplight changes, the cab jerks forward, and Max twists to see that, yes—the blonde hair—the confident grin—it can’t be, it can’t be.
But it is.
After so many months of trailing and defusing and humbling other girls’ exes, Max has just laid eyes on her own.
FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Over You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“For some reason ... I really am not enjoying any other books by Emma and Nicola, besides The Nanny Diaries and its sequel. I find everything else drab, shallow and it's as if they're trying too hard to keep up with current events and/or views of what society deems 'cool' 'hip' or 'trendy'. Just not working for me. ”Corinn wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Delightfully romantic and funny, girl readers will right away feel at home with Max Scott, the book's sarcastic, stylish, and no-nonsense narrator. Max, 17, has started an at-home business--one that helps heartbroken girls get out of their funks. However, will her program work on her, when her ex shows up out of nowhere?
Warning: High school language and content.”
“This was a really fun fast read. Max is a great and interesting character. Ex, Inc. sounds like a fantastic business, I know I could have used some help after being dumped in high school (and after). -Melissa, Circulation ”Boulder Public Library wrote this review Saturday, October 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was awesome! Its sourt of young adult but its a good book to read. over him is the best romance book in the world except it wasnt really romance it was getting over romance . All the girls who love romance ,read this book!”jeidy wrote this review Wednesday, October 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/2012/08/over-you-by-emma-mclaughlin-and-nicola-kraus-2/
I loved the concept of Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus from the get-go. I'm always up for a strong protagonist and the idea of a teen helping other teens get over their break-ups was too awesome to resist.
And in many ways, Over You totally lived up to my expectations. Max was kind of a badass with an awesome backstory. I loved the way we learned bits and pieces of her story and why she started her business throughout the entirety of Over You. It helped me to understand her character more and more as the story went on. And her two best friends/employees (Zach and Phoebe) were awesome in their own unique way.
I loved Ben, too. Max and Ben certainly made an interesting pair and I loved all their run-ins throughout Over You.
But there was some drama later on in Over You that kind of left me feeling unsettled and iffy. I understand that Max needed her big moment to officially move on from her past, but I just didn't like the way it played out, I suppose.
Overall I liked Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, but there were parts of it that I had issues with. But if you're looking for a fun contemporary, don't miss Over You. And I will be reading more books from this duo in the future!”
“Check out my review here: http://thepaige-turner.blogspot.com/2012/08/over-you-by-emma-mclaughlin-and-nicola.html”Paige Turner wrote this review Sunday, September 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Max has been moved almost every year of her life by her journalist mother who now decides she needs to put down roots in order to get into a good college, so she is shipped off to a posh boarding school This doesn't faze Max much since she is adept at joining the in crowd no matter where she ends up by being a chameleon with sure fire methods of adaptation. Except this time, Max has trouble making in roads with the snooty people that exist at St. Something.
No one gets her jokes or her, except one guy, and they instantly pair off into coupledom bliss. So when the guy dumps her, she survives by finding a way to capitalize on it and creates EX INC -- a system of survival for the newly dumped. With her two BFFs as employees, she embarks on a career to help out the newly single and herself in getting into NYU, the school of her dreams. Then her ex shows up in New York and all of Max's girl power suddenly takes a hit so she devises her own Moment to get over him once and for all. With the help of her two employees and new BFFs, Max takes on all of the guys who deal this blow to girls everywhere.
There is so much good about this story since it is full of discovering one's self worth and how that guy is just not that important in the big scheme of things. Most girls know exactly the feeling of an almost death when a break up occurs, so it is wonderful to see Max come into her own and build on that devastating issue while helping others find themselves again. Although Max drops out of high school to overcome the shame she feels at her own meltdown, she does pick herself up and builds on that event to create a new life for herself. That part did bug me, that she had to leave school because of this guy. Overall, this is the perfect antidote for any girl being down about a break up since it approaches it with humor and power. There isn't too much for parents to worry about except some kissing and a few instances of alcohol use. ”