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Getting Over Garrett Delaney

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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 onesided. 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 ...

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Overview

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 onesided. 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 selfhelp guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Garrett Delaney is everything 17-year-old Sadie has ever wanted in a boy, but their relationship has never risen above “best-friend” status. Over the past two years, Sadie has become tired of playing second fiddle to a “parade of girls Garrett falls for with heartbreaking regularity.” Now that he’s away at writing camp—and smitten with yet another girl—she decides it’s time to get over him for good. The only problem is that, without Garrett in the picture, Sadie isn’t sure who she is. In this entertaining antiromance, mainly set in the coffee shop where Sadie works, McDonald (The Anti-Prom) turns the tragedy of unrequited love on its head as she traces her heroine’s determined and often comical efforts to find herself and become more independent. Predictably, Sadie’s quest is riddled with self-doubt and setbacks, but she has plenty of advocates to catch her when she wavers. Her supporters, an eclectic group of female buddies and co-workers who have had relationship woes of their own, add color and wisdom to the novel, reinforcing the theme that love (and getting over it) is rarely easy. Ages 14–up. Agent: Stimola Literary Studio. (Jan.)
VOYA - Katie Mitchell
Sadie has quietly loved Garrett for the past two years. Recently, Sadie has started to think that perhaps he is about to realize that there is passion beyond their friendship. Their plan is to spend the summer together at a creative writing camp, where she is sure their relationship will blossom into true love. Things fall apart, though, when Sadie becomes ineligible for the camp and Garrett leaves without her. Although she busies herself with a job at a hip, local coffeehouse, she finds herself in a deep funk, and totally dependent on Garrett's infrequent contact. When Garrett calls to say he has fallen in love with a young woman at camp, Sadie realizes she needs to detoxify herself from this obsession. Enlisting her new, eclectic group of friends to help, Sadie spends the summer figuring out what she likes about herself, in others, and in a potential boyfriend. Sadie and her friends (even the much-maligned Garrett) are a fun crowd. McDonald's humor is snarky yet ultimately good-natured. The most distracting issue the confusing plot device of Sadie's age, which makes her a seventeen-year-old who has just finished her sophomore year in high school. Some readers may ultimately disagree with Sadie's choices but are sure to cheer for her as she decides on her own life path. Gentle and humorous, Getting Over Garrett Delaney is sure to be a hit with fans of Joan Bauer and Meg Cabot. Reviewer: Katie Mitchell
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
From the first moment fourteen-year-old Sadie Allen met Garrett in the coffee shop, she knew they would be a couple, just like Romeo and Juliet. She and Garrett are friends—even constant companions—for two years, enjoying similar interests of literature, art films, and music. When Garrett goes on a summer literary retreat, she believes it will make his heart grow fonder of her. How dare he fall in love with another girl as she waits for his return and resumption of their friendship? Sadie then spends her summer in a reinvention of her life without Garrett. The cast of characters adds a great deal to her ?self-discovery.' Is there another true love out there for her? She even embarks on a 12-step program for "Garrett Recovery" (or detox) to get over her unrequited love for him. These steps are well-defined on separate pages. The reader takes the journey with Sadie through laughter and meltdowns. When Garrett's new romance fails, he returns home and wants to be with Sadie again. Will she take him back, or remain with the chef she met at her new barista's job? Teen readers will relate well to this universal adolescent problem of love lost—and then possibly found again. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
ALAN Review - Barbara A. Ward
When Sadie and Garrett meet at a coffeehouse, she is sure she's met her soulmate. She changes her tastes and appearance to fit his tastes, and before she knows it, her identity is interwoven with his. Despite these efforts, Garrett regards her as his best friend while falling in love with others. During the two years of their friendship, Sadie has helped Garrett recover from more than one broken heart, but when he falls in love once again while at camp, Sadie is ready for change. With the help of her former friend and her new co-workers, she embarks on a recovery program to break her addiction to Garrett and reclaim her identity. The book is filled with many amusing passages while delivering a much-needed message about giving away too much of ourselves during romances. Like Sadie, readers may realize that they need not define themselves solely through a love relationship. Reviewer: Barbara A. Ward
Kirkus Reviews
A story about creating one's own identity is as common as a cup of joe but this is a bolder brew than most. The natural sweetener: Love is on the horizon for Sadie. In a comedic and candid first-person narrative, Sadie recounts how she has been "madly, hopelessly, tragically in love with Garrett," her BFF, for two years believing that, eventually, the Gods of Unrequited Crushes would smile on her. But Garrett's confession of love never comes, and Sadie is shaken by the taunt of one of Garett's exes: "you're his own personal groupie." Heartbroken, Sadie takes a job as a barista and comes up with a 12-step program, which cleverly punctuates the book, to wean herself from Garrett. But withdrawal is realistically tough, and Sadie hits rock-bottom when, in a hilariously manic scene, she sprawls face-down on the floor at work just to take a call from him. Sadie needs a support group. Enter the Totally Wired crew, a colorful cast worthy of the big screen, to help. The book is chock-full of high- and low-brow references, and a new world opens up to Sadie as she explores unfamiliar ideas and activities. Plain Janes and lovelorn teens will appreciate the sound self-help tips and be inspired by the stronger, deserves-better Sadie who emerges, ready to give love another chance. (Fiction. 12 & up)
From the Publisher
Gentle and humorous, GETTING OVER GARRETT DELANEY is sure to be a hit with fans of Joan Bauer and Meg Cabot.
—VOYA

In this entertaining antiromance, McDonald turns the tragedy of unrequited love on its head as she traces her heroine's determined and often comical efforts to find herself and become more independent.
—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
Gr 9–11—When Sadie met good-looking, older Garrett in a coffee shop, she thought she had found her soul mate. For the past two years they've been inseparable—reading high-minded literature, watching foreign films, cruising on his Vespa—but while the 16-year-old pines for a romantic encounter, Garrett has had countless other girlfriends. She hopes he'll confess his love for her when they attend a summer writing camp, but when her application is rejected because she's a sophomore, Garrett still attends and gushes about yet another girl. Sadie begins to question whether this one-sided love affair is all that healthy. Newfound friends at her coffee shop job and a rekindled relationship with a childhood BFF help solidify her plan to get over him for good. Sadie's obsession with Garrett is so convincing that the new Sadie who emerges is a totally different character. The story picks up as she goes through the difficult task of changing her heart. Teen girls will relate to the all-consuming love portrayed here, will root for Sadie, and may appreciate the reminder to put self before boyfriends.—Shawna Sherman, Hayward Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763655075
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,442,352
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Abby McDonald is the author of three other young adult novels: Sophomore Switch; Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots; and The Anti-Prom. Originally from England, Abby McDonald now lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    Sadie has been best friends with Garrett forever and she's final

    Sadie has been best friends with Garrett forever and she's finally ready to let him know that what she feels for him is more than friendship. When he leaves for a summer camp, Sadie hopes that absence WILL make his heart grow fonder. But when he tells her a new girlfriend is in the picture, Sadie decides to kick the Garrett habit and move on with her life. Doing so isn't easy but her new job at the coffee job and support from her fellow baristas helps. A possible new love interest lurks in the background but will Sadie figure it out? A light, quick read which will resonate with teen girls who have patiently waited for a male friend to see them as girlfriend material.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Amazing

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!! I couldn't put it down!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Awesome read

    This book constantly kept my attention and was a great read. A very nice twist in the end too.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Amazing!!!

    This is amazing book. I can't stop not reading it.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Getting Over Garrett Delaney centers around Sadie, who is trying

    Getting Over Garrett Delaney centers around Sadie, who is trying to get over the boy she's been in love with for years. I really enjoyed Sadie's character, albeit she was pretty naive at first. She had based a lot of who she is on Garrett and his interests. In the beginning it bothered me that she was so obsessed with Garrett, but I was glad when she took the initiative to try to get over him. I also liked that while she wanted to get over Garrett, she didn't want to totally cut him out of her life. I think on some aspects that shows maturity, and she definitely grew a lot.

    And Garrett. While he isn't my favorite character ever, I can see why Sadie liked him. To her, he was older and more sophisticated. Although, he was mostly just pretentious and selfish. But I didn't despise him despite that. Like I said, I can see why Sadie fell for him.

    I also enjoyed the other cast of characters. The coffee shop crew, Kayla. They were all really fun and unique. And Jake. I do wish we could have seen more of him and gotten to know him more. But I still liked him.

    Getting Over Garrett Delaney was a really cute read. It's a story about getting over someone you love and finding yourself along the way, complete with plenty of wit and humor along the way.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Olol

    How many pages

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    funny read

    i didn't LOVE it but i didb't hate it either. it did fill me with laughter the whole time though, so i think it was worth the buy. :)
    so if you're up for a good laugh, or just need something to make
    you smile, i would recommend this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Must Read!

    I enjoyed this whole book to the huge crush she had on her best friend Garrett Delany to the epic melt down at her new job i really liked this book and would recoumend this book for any one who needs to mend a broken heart :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Totally love it

    I love this book it is so tragic for Sadie but when she gets the job at the coffee shop after Garrett leaves she getsvit together

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Ok book

    I guess it's an ok book

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Cute

    Loved it but i felt like it ended too soon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    K

    OMG I read the sample and now i really wanna read the whole book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Is it long

    I loved the book pink and green

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Love

    I love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Great book

    I absolutely loved it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Luved the book

    I love the book and it's worth 10.33! Please do not put innipropriaate words just cuz a book wuz on sale and now its not! Its stupid and weird and kind of cheap!

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Oh My God I LOVE This Book!!! Abby Mcdonald has such a way of wr

    Oh My God I LOVE This Book!!! Abby Mcdonald has such a way of writing that makes this book so relatable. This book was so empowering, relatable, cute, and funny. I think i can safety say we've all experienced some kind of unrequited love and I just really, really loved Mcdonald's take on a girl trying to get over it. The characters are all so distinct and individual it was like they were real people. This book is one I think all girls should read. It's not just about getting over a guy, its about never compromising or molding yourself for someone who wouldn't do the same. This is truly an empowering read and I would definitely recommend it :)

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    WTF!?!?!?!

    This book waz 4.99 tha other day! Theze people r scam artists!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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