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Monday, August 20, 2012

BOOK REVIEW Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus @harperteen @NannyDiaries

Book Description

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.

About the Author

Emma Mclaughlin & Nicola Kraus are the authors of the New York Times bestsellers The Nanny DiariesCitizen Girl, and Dedication. They live and work in New York City.



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.  


  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061720437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061720437


  1. This book sounds really good, great review!
    RB :)

  2. I love the authors (I've read all their books- a bit of a fangirl here!). This is actually up next on my TBR, as soon as I finish Fathomless... I can't wait! I'm so glad you liked it. Great review!

    Karis @YA Litwit

  3. Karis -- I will be interested to see what you think of Fathomless. I agree, I get all fangirl too over their books! The characters always triumph!

    TY Bookworm!



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