Happy Saturday, everyone!!
Today I wanted to share one of my most favorite teen books ever that I just reread….
Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald
Why is this one of my favorite things ever? To be honest? I don’t even know. Something about it and something about me just clicks and we are connected in book soul mate land. This is my first re-read in a LONG time.
Here is the summary for everyone not familiar with this title:
Can a twelve-step program help Sadie kick her unrequited crush for good? Abby McDonald serves up her trademark wit and wisdom in a hilarious new novel.
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.
While trying to figure out why I love this book so much, I came up with a bunch of different random reasons which I have listed below:
1. The main character Sadie has her own database of love stories that she works on, organizing and categorizing all different types of famous literary or cinematic loves. It doesn’t play a huge part in the story, but it was a detail that I ended up absolutely loving.
2. This has a funny and lovable cast of secondary characters that are fully fleshed out with their own stories and personalities. A lot of this takes place in a small town coffee house, and it was a lot of fun to read Sadie’s interactions with her coworkers.
3. The plot line of discovering who you really are and what you are interested in is really inspiring to me and a lot of fun to read about. Sadie essentially wants to start over with her life when she realizes that she is at a point where her entire world has been revolving around a boy. Her interests. Her perspectives. Everything. So in the process of taking Garrett out of her life, she gets to explore the world and figure out what SHE likes. How fun is that?
4. This also acts as sort of a break up manual. Each chapter begins with a few instructions as if it were coming from a how-to manual on getting over your ex. As a result it gives the reader easy takeaways for their own life if they would like those.
5. There are so many pop culture references, and they are done really well.
6. These quotes:
“I can’t keep doing this to myself, getting my hopes up so high, only to have them come crashing down. I can’t keep waiting for him to come to his senses, having my whole emotional state rest on what he decides. What if he never wakes up to how perfect we’d be together? What if I spend another year pining for him – or longer even? In a terrible flash, I see my future stretching out before me: waiting for his calls, rearranging my life around college visits, and decoding texts and instant messages like they could be something real, something true.
This isn’t love; this is pure torment.”
“Don’t write off a book (or person, or movie) just because it had a pink, sparkly cover.”
To sum up... I love this book because it is empowering. I also love this because even though this would seem as if it were all about boys and breakups as the title and summary would suggest, it’s more about accepting yourself and your own tastes regardless of what other people say about it. I also just love all of the characters. In my perfect world, Abby McDonald would keep writing books set in this world she has created.
As a result of re-reading this… I really want to make a list of books, movies, music, games, hobbies and other things people I like love and just explore what they love.