Sunday, January 13, 2013

ARC Review: Over You by Amy Reed

Max would follow Sadie anywhere, so when Sadie decides to ditch her problems and escape to Nebraska for the summer, it’s only natural for Max to go along. She is Sadie’s confidante, her protector, and her best friend. This summer will be all about them. This summer will be perfect.

But that’s before they meet Dylan.

Dylan is dangerous and intoxicating, and he awakens something in Max that she never knew existed. No matter how much she wants to, she can’t back away.

But Sadie has her own intensity, and has never allowed Max to become close with anyone else. And Max doesn’t know who she is without Sadie.

There are some problems you just can’t escape.

My Thoughts:

I’ve always heard a lot of good things about Amy Reed’s novels. She writes young adult novels about social issues, which is my favorite genre/sub-genre. I am glad that after all this time, I have finally got to read one of her books. Over You definitely lived up to my expectations. Over You is about Max and her best friend Sadie. Sadie gets into some trouble drinking, so her father sends her to live with her mother for the summer. Sadie and Max are inseparable  so Max joins her. I only had one problem with Over You. Sadie gets in trouble for underage drinking. Yet when she is sent to her mom's, her mom lets her and Max drink all the time. Even when it’s obvious Sadie has an alcohol problem, her mom still lets her drink. It kind of seems like a moot point to me. Otherwise, I love the original plot and setting of the book. Both of these things work well together and lead to some interesting moments. I liked most of the characters. Sadie was horribly annoying at times. At the beginning I didn’t trust Dylan. I am glad I didn’t trust him. He was a complete jerk. I really liked that Amy Reed added a minor underlying LGBT theme. Although it wasn’t important to the plot, she still made Max a bisexual character. I love it when authors have LGBT characters in their stories. I will definitely be borrowing the rest of Amy Reed's books from the library sometime soon. 

I give Over You: 4/5.

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I received this ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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