Getting Over Garrett Delaney

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 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. (Goodreads)

The Story:

Sadie (love her name!) has a crush of epic proportions on her best buddy Garrett.  They do everything together—write, obsess over emo poetry, watch old movies, read classic lit—except the one thing Sadie wants,  which is to have Garrett take her in his arms and suck her face off (She says it in a more flowery way, but that’s totally what she’s hoping for).  Garrett loves Sadie, but in a completely platonic way. In fact, he’s as clueless as ever to Sadie’s love for him. She hopes his hand may brush hers accidentally and tip him off to his deep-seated passion for her, but mostly she spends her time advising Garrett on all of his love woes.  She does this for TWO YEARS, you guys. Two!  That’s like an eternity in high school years.  And she’s pretty heartbroken when Garrett leaves for the summer to attend a literary camp (one she didn’t get into).  It’s even worse when Garrett calls from camp to say he’s in love (again!).

Determined to lose her pointless crush like a bad habit, Sadie enlists the help of her new friends from her summer job at the coffee store. She decides she needs a detox from her guy so that hopefully by the end of the summer she can be his friend minus the huge, heartbreaking crush.  It’s actually harder than it sounds. In the past, her whole world revolved around Garrett. Now, Sadie has to take a step back and really look at him for the first time. As she begins to see him clearly, Sadie starts to see herself as well and she begins to wonder who she’d be without him. And truly, she thinks she likes that girl better than the one she’s been these last two years.

My Take:

This is such a cute summer read.  Sadie is a sweet girl, no different from you or I. She isn’t going to save her whole town from genocide or dazzle us with her mad wizarding skills.  She just wants to stop obsessing over a guy. End of story.  The difficulty lies in the fact that this isn’t just any guy, he’s the person she’s closest to. He’s her friend. It’s a tough balance. And they have a cute rapport, but gradually Sadie sees that she’s spent all of her time trying to say and do what she thought Garrett would want. He didn’t know her. She didn’t know herself.

Garrett is actually pretty jerky at times, though not in an overt way.  I think it’s easy for him to fall into that pattern of having his adoring fan, Sadie, always following him around like a puppy. He doesn’t do it on purpose, but it’s still rather obnoxious.  It takes time for Sadie to realize that she’d prefer to watch teen comedies than a Woody Allen film fest–and that she shouldn’t feel ashamed of that truth (Sadie, you can watch movies with me anytime, sister).  Garrett clearly adores her, but all he’s really seen in her for the past couple of years has been a reflection of himself.

For a lighthearted, fun book Getting Over Garrett Delaney raises interesting questions about relationships and how willing you should or shouldn’t be to change for your loved ones (a move across country for a job vs. listening to a certain type of music because your beloved says it’s awesome). McDonald never makes a definitive statement about how much change is too much or not enough, but she makes it clear that Sadie is happier when she embraces who she truly is.  That is a fabulous message.

And lastly, this book has such great, solid relationships.  The group dynamics are so much fun.  Sadie’s new coworkers/friends play a big part in helping her get over Garrett. And there is also a possibly swoonworthy boy. The book jacket describes him as “hunky.” I wouldn’t go quite that far, but he has good boyfriend potential.

Crush Intensity:  4/5 Super cute

The Way I See it:

Jane Levy as Sadie

Lucas Till as Garrett (Because he has Tool potential. I’m sorry, he just does)

Zach Roerig as Josh (because we love him!)

I want to extend a huge thank you to my pal, Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks for sending me a copy of this book (among with many, many others). Thanks!

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9 thoughts on “Getting Over Garrett Delaney

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while. Although I think I’ve been hesitating to because I’m worried I might have the same reaction to it as I did to “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Everyone else thought it was cute, I was left in tears and crying “But WHY isn’t he into me? WHYYYY?! Haha, okay, that’s an exaggeration… but letting go of your crush that you’ve had for years is super hard, even at old lady age!

  2. i love the title alone. your review makes me want to read it. i actually have another of her books at home (from the library) & didn’t realize it was YA, although I should have. anyway, good review. i was going to return the other one without reading, but now I think i’ll give it a shot. ~dixie

  3. Hooray! I am so glad you reviewed this. We were all pleasantly surprised by how good it was, since it started out a bit on the syrupy side with her gaga descriptions of Garrett. I think most girls have, at one point in their lives, altered their personalities because they were so into someone else, either a best friend or a boyfriend. I’ve seen it again and again.

    • It’s such a fine line too because there are obvious changes that happen when you fall in love, but we can’t become Bellas! Such a cute book. Thank you for sharing it with me.

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