Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Posted 2 August, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 25 Comments

Over You

Genre: YA, Contemporary
publication: August 21st 2012 by HarperTeen
copy received from publisher
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format: eBook, Hardcover

Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus , synopsis from goodreads: After the grand explosion of her relationship, seventeen-year-old Max Scott developed what every girl in the history of the world has been waiting for: a way to get over being dumped. Now Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when her ex unexpectedly shows up in her neighborhood, Max’s carefully controlled world starts to unravel. With her clients’ hearts hanging in the balance, Max will have to do the seemingly impossible: get over him once and for all.

Brilliant at bringing humor to the trials and tribulations of the lovestruck, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have crafted a tale that will resonate with any girl who has ever been in love or had her heart broken. It brims with smart observations, features a pitch-perfect teen voice, and will attract fans of Jenny Han, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Barnholdt. Readers are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp spin on breaking up, making up, and getting even.

Over You is one of those quick fun and cute Contemporary that should make it on your summer reading list!

What to do when you get dumped? Max knows best!

Max is an interesting main character and we follow the story through her eyes. Because of her mother’s job she had to move quite frequently and never really managed to settle down and make real friends. However, when attending a boarding school and meeting Perfect-Boy, who just ended up dumping her those heartbreaking moments, changed her.

This is when she decided to start helping other girls to get over a serious break with their boyfriends….


Max – strong heroine, who’s still just a girl wished to be loved…

Max seems like an extremely strong willed girl, who found a purpose in her young life and who knows exactly what she wants to be and what she wants to do with her life. But, there is more to Max than we see in the beginning and this is when Max became the really intriguing character. Because underneath all this strength there is a vulnerability surrounding her she doesn’t even want to admit to herself. However, sometimes I was slightly annoyed with her. She was very focused – but sometimes too headstrong. She had a very single minded approach to deal with her “clients”.


What is broken can never be repaired?

The plot follows Max and her co-workers when they were helping one girl to get over her boyfriend. This was the actual fun part of the book! The advice Max had was hilarious fun, but certainly very effective. But, within all this we also begin to wonder if her plan truly is the best for the dumped girl and her boyfriend? Can you never go back once you broke up? Is there never another chance? Max certainly thinks so, but we begin to wonder…

Even more, when Max Ex-Boyfriend takes stage again, Max suddenly lost all her strength and every wall she build around herself! This part of the plot wove perfectly into the whole scheme of the plot! Even more, it was not easy to figure this boy out, so we cannot blame Max completely!


Romance and Love!

Of course, the story deals more with the downside of love and romance, yet the authors wove in the perfect love interest for Max. Ben was a cute boy that might be the only one who manages to break Max shell! The romance didn’t take over too much of the plot, but it was certainly present and cute to follow! Ben was easily to fall for and it was easy to see for us that it would be good for Max to open up again… In the end though, especially this loved lacked the spark that made this story perfect. It was cute, but for me, this part could have been better developed. Especially when you consider that this book deals about love , this should have been a major part. I was not perfectly emotionally involved.

 Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

This was a cute, fun and sweet read about Love and the loss of Love. What to do when you get dumped? Even more, Over You addresses basic questions about young teenage love in a funny and adorable way! Together with such a great heroine, who seems to be strong, yet in the end she’s just a girl who wants to be loved and not be heartbroken anymore…  The final lack of spark in the romance lead to my rating.


Additional Notes

I love author duo’s! I think it’s fantastic seeing 2 writes combine their talent! Emma McLaughlin  &  Nicola Kraus write together since 12 years and published together the famous Nanny Diaries . Also they seemed to be writing furiously and also published today by Atria Books “Between You and Me” which seems to be a New Adult – Adult story about a pop princess and sounds exciting!! It just came put June 12th and is in addition available as audiobook! I certainly will check this out!

Much Love,

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25 Responses to “Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus”

  1. I started this book a couple of weeks ago but I just couldn’t get past a couple of chapters for some reason. I’m wondering now, after reading your lovely review, whether I should give the book another shot because it really does sound cute. Plus, Max seems like an interesting character.

  2. This sounds really cute, like the kind of book I want to read when I don’t want to think to heard of have my emotions played with. When I’m in the mood for that kind of read, I can deal better with not being as emotionally involved with the characters as I normally like. Beautiful review my friend!

  3. I don’t think I’ve heard anything about this book! It sounds adorable but its a little disappointing that the romance was slightly lacking. I think its one I would still read though! Fab review!

  4. I’m kind of disappointed. I thought the love part would be really strong in this one. I don’t think I’ll read this one if you didn’t like the romance. Cause I know Danny and if the romance wasn’t enough for her, it won’t be enough for me! Great review though and I love co authors as well! Can’t wait for that next book. I like what I’ve seen in the new adult category!

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