Getting Over Garrett Delaney
by Abby McDonald
Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly one-sided. 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 a 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.
I was in the mood for some light-hearted contemporary. Most of the time, when I read YA contemporary, it gives me a feeling much like the one I get when I'm eating popcorn (i.e. it's gone so fast!). This book was as yummy as popcorn, but I also found that it stuck with me. There's nothing really profound about it, but it has a really great message. Namely - your life does not need to revolve around a guy. Also - it's important for you, whether you are male or female, to have your own identity that is not fully defined by another person.
Sadie is a very likable character who portrays weakness as well as strength in her character. I feel that in most YA books, we get the idea that the lead girl either always needs to be "saved" or is so strong she doesn't need anyone. Sadie, thankfully, gives us a balanced look at a real girl who is both weak and strong. Very realistic, in my opinion.
Read it if you're going through a breakup or have gone through one. Reading one while you're feeling it will help you feel less alone and sad. Reading it when you've already gone through it will make you wish you had this book when you were experiencing that heartbreak. I know I did.