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Over You

4.4 10
by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

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The authors of the bestselling novel The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, bring you the story of a girl who gets her heart broken…and figures out a foolproof way to get over her ex.
Over You’s Max Scott had a hard time getting over Hugo, the boy who dumped her. Now it’s Max’s mission to help NYC


The authors of the bestselling novel The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, bring you the story of a girl who gets her heart broken…and figures out a foolproof way to get over her ex.
Over You’s Max Scott had a hard time getting over Hugo, the boy who dumped her. Now it’s Max’s mission to help NYC girls get over their broken hearts fast, and with dignity. Now Max’s life is better than she ever imagined it could be. Her new business, Ex, Inc., is booming. Better still, her friendship with Ben, a truly sweet guy, could turn romantic. But when Hugo reenters the picture, Max realizes that she isn’t over him. At all.

Funny, touching, and romantic, Over You is the kind of book every girl will fall head over heels for.

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Publishers Weekly
After a lifetime of moving around, 17-year-old boarding school dropout Max Scott roots herself in New York City in this snappy and original romp from the authors of The Nanny Diaries. No stranger to heartbreak, Max creates a regimented program called Ex, Inc., which helps girls get over their exes after being dumped. Max rushes to help a new client, Bridget, after her boyfriend, Taylor, breaks it off. Over the next few weeks, Max encourages Bridget to ignore Taylor, keep her dignity, and create a “Moment” where she can (hopefully) prove she’s over him. Healing isn’t easy, though, as Max knows firsthand: she’s still secretly reeling over Hugo, a rich socialite who threw her heart for a loop. McLaughlin and Kraus offer an appealing yet wildly improbable vision of teenage New York City life: the city is Max’s playground, as she hits up trendy clubs, uses Teen Vogue’s closet like a lending library, and has spontaneous dance parties on the street with her gay BFF. While the authors don’t get points for plausibility, it’s still a sharply written and romantic summer read. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Ellen Frank
Max Scott is the kind of girl who does not get spurned. When she is dumped, Max gets even. Max is the product of a single mother and is forced to move to a new school every time her mother's job changes. She becomes the most popular girl in each school. Her mom transfers her to a private boarding school so she would be able to get into an "acceptable" college. The school is not Max's choice, but she makes it through by meeting Hugo Tillman, the vortex of her world, until—he rejects her. In true entrepreneur fashion, Max begins a start-up. It is an agency for break up disasters. She teaches her clients how to handle a break up, while keeping their dignity and coming out ahead. The story line is great, but the delivery is subpar. This book reads like "chicklit." It seems as if the authors wanted to go directly to the screen version of the book. The characters are shallow and materialistic. Most of the book is filled with teen speak: for example: "My friend kind of has social ADD right now." The novel will ring true for the New York City upper East side teen female who was dumped by a guy; for everyone else, it would be comic relief of NYC angst, proof of most stereotypes of shallow airheads populating our private schools. Reviewer: Ellen Frank
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Seventeen-year-old Max Scott knows from experience how the dumped and brokenhearted feel. After surviving a breakup, she starts an organization, Ex, Inc., dedicated to helping teens get over their exes. With unbridled optimism and self-help mantras like, "He's entitled not to love me, but he's not entitled to mess with my happy place" and "You are the source," she swoops into clients' lives with an action plan for recovery. Her grateful patrons spread the word and Ex, Inc. is busy enough to keep Max and her friends hopping. Max wants to take it national, so she is applying to NYU with plans to co-major in business and psychology. However, she has a secret that may undermine her ambitions. She is not quite over the rich playboy who dumped her. When he comes to town, Max is confronted with all her past anguish and her polished veneer begins to crack. Over You is filled with vulnerable moments that pull on readers' sympathy while still giving fodder for a chuckle or two. The myriad references to fashion designers and pop culture will date the book, but that will not stop readers from enjoying this chick-lit offering.—Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Sophisticated chick-lit for the hip consumer of teen fashion magazines, this comedy-drama hits all the in-crowd buttons. Max has crashed badly from an unsuccessful romance with wealthy Hugo. She ran away from school, got her GED and started a business, Ex, Inc., that guides brokenhearted girls who have been dumped through recovery. She does want to go to college, but only to NYU. She's living in New York City, but now that her mom has married and is about to give birth, Max operates almost entirely on her own, with the help of best friend Zach and assistant Phoebe. She takes advantage of her mom's job as a magazine writer, though, to sneak into the offices of Teen Vogue and secretly borrow expensive designer fashions from their closet. As Max guides new client Bridget through a bad breakup, she meets Ben, a possible new love interest, but suddenly runs into Hugo and plunges back into the depths of despair. Now she has to apply her recovery techniques to herself, but all doesn't go as planned, and she stands to lose her friends and Ben as well. McLaughlin and Kraus keep the tone light, with plenty of in-jokes and ultra-hip lingo, lots of passion and romance, and some steamy bits. They allow Max to grow up a bit, to make mistakes and try to correct them, thus hauling the story back from a complete focus on the superficial. Bridget's and Ben's hurt feelings when Max makes her mistakes offer an effective counter to Max's breezy confidence. Nevertheless, the emphasis remains on entertainment for designer readers. The whole chick-lit package, upscale. (Chick lit. 14 & up)

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5.44(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.78(d)
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14 Years

Meet the Author

Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus work together in New York City and are the authors of the new novel Between You and Me. They are also the authors of The Nanny Diaries, which was made into a major motion picture, the New York Times bestsellers Citizen Girl, Dedication, and Nanny Returns, and their first YA novel, The Real Real.

Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus work together in New York City and are the authors of the new novel Between You and Me. They are also the authors of The Nanny Diaries, which was made into a major motion picture, the New York Times bestsellers Citizen Girl, Dedication, and Nanny Returns, and their first YA novel, The Real Real.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
McLaughlin: Elmira, New York; Kraus: New York, New York
B.A., Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU (McLaughlin, 1996; Kraus, 1995)

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Over You 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is amazing, the overview pretty much covers what th ebook is about! It's a short book with less than 200 pages.The only thing i don't like is that you can't lend the book! I would recommend it to my friends.It's an awesome book and it was featured in teen vogue that's on eof the reasons i pre-ordered it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a sweet and romantic story. I can't believe somebody hasn't turned it into a movie or TV show yet!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
One thing I can say about this book is that, I LOVE the cover. Its extremely adorable, and at the bag of the book, you can see the same pictures, but the guy's face is scribbled on with a pink pen. CUTE! haha! Anyways, the main protagonist, Max, helps girls all over NYC to "get over" their ex boyfriends. Max finished her school, and is taking a one year break. In that period of time, she has established Ex, Inc. Along with her best friend Zach, and her other friend, Phoebe. Ex, Inc. has a sufficient program to help girls to actually get over their ex-boyfriends, and not just cry and sob all day long for being dumped. This is the first time I read a book like that, and I find it extremely cute and funny. The writing is different than most books. It's from third person point of view, which I actually found it to be a bit weird in the beginning, but I eventually got used to it. Max is a very interesting character. I really loved the "girl-power" she seemed to take everywhere with her, and how she tries to make other girls have it as well. In this book, Max takes on a new client names Bridgit. After her boyfriend, Taylor, broke up with her, she becomes miserable. Max comes to the rescue with some chocolate, coffee, and a set of new rules. I''m going to say it was very interesting to see Max's strategies of getting Bridgit over her boyfriend, and it was very fun as well! Though, when Max see's her ex-boyfriend Hugo, she still doesn't seem to over him yet. Things get messy, because there's this other boy, Ben. I don't want to say much or spoil anything, but serious stuff happen. Overall, I loved everything about this book. Yes, the beginning might have been a tad boring, and there were some parts where I was confused about what was happening, but it was still great! I really wanted to read a funny, cute, contemporary novel, and I'm glad "Over You" had all three. I really recommend this book to all girls out there just looking for a fun read!
ForThisMoment More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect! The cover is what initially drew me into the book, but reading it I was hooked. Max, the protagonist, is only 17 but she carries herself so well she seems to be in her twenties. Her and her friends are hilarious and their business is flawless. What made the book for me was seeing all the angles of the relationships and having Max have her own problems with Exs when she is the expert. Max is really a modern Wonder woman, she juggles every aspect of her life like it is no biggie. Seeing the problems these characters had really did help me. This book was a very fast and entertaining read, completely worth it.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Contemporary romance hits with a vengeance in this humor-filled novel as seventeen-year-old Max sets off to heal the broken hearts of girls across NYC and help them get over their ex-boyfriends. She does this through her non-profit company EX, INC with the help of her best friend Zach and Phoebe. As a high school dropout (with plans for college at NYU, where she also plans to build up her company into something bigger), Max has plenty of time to look after the healing hearts of her clients. What she doesn't include in her plans is spying her ex in town--and to find out that she hasn't fully gotten over him. How is she to maintain her clients' trust if her methods haven't worked on herself? The story is told in third-person present-tense, casting Bridget (Max's latest client), Taylor (Bridget's ex), Ben Cooper (who is crushing and Max and, unbeknownst to her, Taylor's best friend), and Max Scott herself (still getting over Hugo Tillman, but starting to notice Ben). With this cast of characters, you know there's going to be an abundance of drama. The third-person present-tense was hard to get into at first because I'm not used to it; however, it really works for this novel. I felt as though I was watching a play unfold, and that's precisely what this novel is: a play waiting to unfold, waiting for Max's therapy techniques to fail, so she can finally get over Hugo and get together with someone who's willing to go the distance with her. There is humor in this book. The waterworks turn on at full blast when the girls wail over their exes, and it is hilarious the lengths that Max will take for her clients. Some not so legal (as in ruin-your-chances-of-going-to-college not-legal). I love the references to celebrity figures as well; they fit into context perfectly. Within this humor a message. Over You is about letting go of the past and moving on. It is about admitting your mistakes and taking the plunge forward.
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FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
Now, I hadn't read anything by these authors before (they wrote The Nanny Diaries) so I wasn't sure what to expect, other than that the summary sounded cute. What I Liked: 1) Max. Max was very savvy for a seventeen year old. She's got a good business sense (other than taking payment in cookies, really). She is also very professional while she is helping other girls to get over their breakups. She was very well-developed, and that made it easy to get into the story. 2) Supporting characters - Zach, Phoebe and Bridget. Sometimes it's hard to imagine an MCs life because you don't get to know their friends. But this book was written as to show the reader the relationship between MC and supporting characters and how Max is influenced by her friends. 3) Ben. Loved Ben, I thought he was such a sweet guy, kinda the strong, silent type. I actually kind of got irritated at Max a little bit for how she was treating him. But it was also a really interesting way how their lives overlapped without them even knowing it for a while. 4) One shot, happy ending. I spend so much time in these other worlds, these supernatural worlds of speculative fiction stories, that I have come to really appreciate the happy ending of this realistic fiction piece. So many books that I read have bittersweet endings, like the happy comes with the sad, but I thought this one was just a good ol' happy ending. It was great. What I Didn't Like: Like I said before, I had some issues with how Max was treating Ben sometimes, but it was necessary, so it worked. Overall Thoughts: This was a sweet little one shot story with a happy ending that anyone can enjoy. If you're are looking for something light and fun with a happy ending, I'd definitely recommend picking up Over You. The characters are all very likeable, and the subject matter is something any girl (or guy) can understand and appreciate!
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