Over You

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When seventeen-year-old Max Scott got her heart broken she didn't just sit at home sobbing into her ice cream and obsessing over her ex, Hugo's, latest Facebook postings. Well, actually she did. But she also decided that no girl should have to be tortured like that, so she came up with a foolproof program to get over being dumped.

These days, Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when Hugo shows up in her neighborhood, suddenly Max is so busy ...

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Overview

When seventeen-year-old Max Scott got her heart broken she didn't just sit at home sobbing into her ice cream and obsessing over her ex, Hugo's, latest Facebook postings. Well, actually she did. But she also decided that no girl should have to be tortured like that, so she came up with a foolproof program to get over being dumped.

These days, Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when Hugo shows up in her neighborhood, suddenly Max is so busy trying to avoid her own ex that she isn't able to help anyone else with theirs. With her clients' hearts hanging in the balance, Max will have to do the seemingly impossible: get over him once and for all.

From the bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries comes a funny and heartfelt tale of getting dumped, getting over it, and getting even.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061720451
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 365,380
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

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.

Biography

When Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus met, they were both students at New York University and both working as part-time nannies for families on the Upper East Side. (Kraus was a native of the city; McLaughlin was from upstate New York.)

They didn't dream then that the shared experience that cemented their friendship would lead to fame and fortune as the authors of The Nanny Diaries, a fictional account of their years working in childcare.

"We wrote it for ourselves, really," McLaughlin told a reporter from The Washington Post. "We wrote it to share with our parents and our close friends. And we wrote it to see if we could."

The result was a scathing portrait of emotionally unavailable parents who obsess over private school admissions but coolly deflect the kids' hands when they come in search of a hug. The New York Times' Janet Maslin called it "perfectly pitched social satire."

And it struck a nerve with readers -- not only in New York City, but across the country and around the world. More than 2 million copies have been printed, and rights to the book were purchased in 32 countries.

"It was unbelievable to us," Kraus said in an interview with Rocky Mountain News. "I don't think we ever wrapped our heads around it."

At the age of 28, the two were celebrity writers, able to devote themselves full-time to the task of co-authoring another novel. First, though, there were some hurdles to clear: their publishers at St. Martin's Press didn't want their second book, so a new agent got them a two-book deal at Random House. But the deal fizzled, and their much-publicized $2 million advance was rescinded.

Finally, they landed at Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which published Citizen Girl, another satirical take on a young New Yorker's travails in the work world -- this time, a woman in her twenties who is fired from her feminist nonprofit and lands a new job at a dot-com.

"We set out to write something we had not come across," McLaughlin told Rocky Mountain News. "And we had not come across a book that takes a young woman through a professional odyssey, where the odyssey is 99 percent of the experience and her sex life is 1 percent of it."

The phenomenally successful Nanny Diaries was a tough act to follow, and some critics found the new book disappointing. USA Today suggested that the authorial duo might be a "one-hit wonder."

But other reviewers were positively buoyant about Citizen Girl and the way its heroine struggles to hang onto her integrity, self-respect and feminism in a world of "Girls Gone Wild."

"Thank God for Citizen Girl," wrote Sacha Zimmerman in The New Republic. "Girl is a self-possessed, moral, intelligent, and open feminist who is not a militant-chic refugee from Lilith Fair or an NPR-tote-bag carrying blue-stater in a hemp dress. She isn't a loveable oaf like Bridget Jones who only obsesses over weight and boys and little else. McLaughlin and Kraus pull it off because they are so wry and so spot on."

McLaughlin and Kraus insist they aren't joined at the hip -- but they are good partners, and fans can expect their partnership to continue. "With any luck," wrote Emily Gordon for Newsday, "even if their next collaboration is a book about the pitfalls of creating a sane but beautiful wedding, the trials of loft buying or the stresses of professional pregnancy, they'll do it with panache."

Good To Know

A few fun outtakes from our interview with McLaughlin and Kraus:

"We love our dogs."

"We can't write something we don't feel passionate about -- we tried, it doesn't work."

"Eddie Izzard's comedy show, Dressed to Kill, is our crack. Whenever the writing gets too stuck, we take a breather and fire him up."

"While we spend an inordinate amount of time together and it may frequently feel like we are, we are actually not a) living together, b) married to each other, or c) otherwise joined at the hip. Luckily, our own homes and lives allow us a few moments of daily rest to restore and revive before we head back into the writing cave."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU (McLaughlin, 1996; Kraus, 1995)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    1st review! Yay!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    This is such a sweet and romantic story. I can't believe somebod

    This is such a sweet and romantic story. I can't believe somebody hasn't turned it into a movie or TV show yet!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    One thing I can say about this book is that, I LOVE the cover. I

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    This book is perfect! The cover is what initially drew me into t

    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.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    Contemporary romance hits with a vengeance in this humor-filled

    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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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Now, I hadn't read anything by these authors before (they wrote

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    I freakin love teen vogue

    Ahhhhjhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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