Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Over You by Amy Reed

  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss for review
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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

This sounded like a great summer contemporary so I was really excited to read it. It was totally not what I was expecting at all, and not in a good way. I was bored with it, and wanted Max to stop being such a wuss and stop trying to do everything for Sadie and letting her own needs and feelings be constantly pushed back. There wasn't really much of a story to it either. It was really supposed to be a character driven book, but with lack of connection to the characters, it made it hard to enjoy.

Max is a total pushover. At first I felt a little bad for her, but as we learn more and more about her and Sadie, I had anything but sympathy for her. I actually couldn't believe that she would stay friends with someone like Sadie. It's not that she didn't have other people who wanted to be friends with her, but everything was always about Sadie. She couldn't hang out with other people because her and Sadie had plans, blah, blah, blah. I get that she is her friend and loyal to her, but what I didn't understand was why she put up with her. I know that she has her own personal issues that she was dealing with, but I couldn't get past some things. When she finally starts to break out of her shell basically because she is forced to not be spending every second with Sadie, I really thought that she would grow as a character. For a while she did, but then she reverted back again. Though she had a bit of growth by the end of the book, it wasn't enough for me. I felt very let down.

Sadie is full of herself and thinks everything is always about her. Even though we get away from her a bit in the story, she is always the center of it. She was selfish, arrogant, and not a great friend. She would act like a good friend when Max would finally get upset with her over something, but that was all. She literally would completely tune everything out and live in her little bubble. I couldn't stand her, and I don't know how anyone else could either.

Max and Sadie never seemed like a great match to me even from the start. Right off we discover that Sadie is in charge and Max is like her little dog. She is there only for the purpose of making Sadie happy. They are spending the summer working at the Farm Sadie's mom lives at. The mom who has never been part of her life. It's not just any farm though. They are self sufficient, live in trailers and yurts, have community showers or just take a swim in the lake to bathe, and seem more like a cult at times then a community living on a farm. There are some secrets and weird things that go on there too. There was a bit of a story, but it was lost to the characters that, unfortunately, weren't well developed.

Of course there is a guy involved, but I didn't really see it as a romance. It was more Max trying to rebel than anything. She does some things that she normally wouldn't do. She's always the safe one, not the one to get crazy drink or do drugs, but she acts different around Dylan.Yes, she was attracted to Dylan, as was Sadie, but once she starts getting to know him, the less there is to like. Then when Sadie finds out, things get all weird. Sadie is jealous, but it's not even about Max liking Dylan. It's because now she's not the center of attention anymore.

Basically this was all about Max trying to discover herself and break away from Sadie, but it was just too drawn out and kind of aggravating for me to read. It's hard to really enjoy a story when you don't like a single character. I thought at first I might grow to like Max, but I liked her worse by the end. One thing to note was the interesting format of writing though. It starts off as Max telling Sadie's story, kind of like she's telling it to her, then it goes to first person once she starts to decide that things aren't all about Sadie anymore. Everything still is though, it's just not directed to her anymore. I wish I had liked this. If the characters hadn't been so flat to me and I had been able to connect to at least one of them, maybe I would have enjoyed it more, but as it is, I just wasn't into it.



* An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

18 comments:

  1. I don't think I had even heard of this for some reason. I do have her first book (or an earlier book of hers) but haven't read it yet. I don't really hear much about her books in the blogosphere. I'm sorry this one didn't work for you though!

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    1. This was must not what I was expecting. With unlikable characters it was hard to enjoy.

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  2. I've never heard of this book and when I read the summary before reading your review and seeing your rating, I thought it sounded like a good contemporary too. After reading your review, ugh I can totally understand the points you made. It's way too hard to even bother with a book if you don't like any of the characters. I can already tell I would HATE both Max and Sadie. It's like Max is totally dependent on Sadie like a bad twisty romance without the effing romance. And it totally sucks that nothing was really developed, yet the book dragged on. What a freaking bummer! Sucks that you didn't enjoy this one, Amy. But your review is honest and rocks nonetheless! :)

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    1. Thanks Jessirae! I was really looking forward to it too and it was so off from what I thought it would be. Max and Sadie drove me effing crazy!!

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  3. URGH. I hate the sound of Max. Considering that I get bored easily, I'll have to pass this one off.

    Such a shame this one disappointed you. Great review anyways! <33

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    1. I think you would put this down pretty quick. It was just blah!

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  4. Ouch, sorry it wasn't impressive but thanks for the honest review.

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  5. Man, I hate when a book makes me feel like this. If you don't feel like the characters grow & you don't even like them, it's like, what's the point? Sorry this didn't work out for you.

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  6. Oh wow, that's too bad. When I don't like or connect with the characters then I really struggle to even read it. But annoying characters are worse. I'm sorry this was not a good read for you. I'm definitely passing on it.

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  7. Oh man, that's a bummer that this one wasn't very good for you. After reading what you had to say, I don't think that I would really like it very much either. Thanks for the honest review!

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  8. I give you credit to be able to stick this out and actually finish it. I have no patients for books that don't hold my attention, or fall flat. I'm one of those readers that mark books as DNF. Thanks for sharing, I'll pass on this way.

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  9. Huh, weird that you didn't like this one, since I've only seen awesome things about Reed. Glad I won't be starting with this one, though, since the publisher totally ignored my request on EW. Maybe for the best!

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    1. So weird, this is the only title this publisher has ever approved me for on EW. They decline me all the time. I guess this negative review isn't doing me any favors lol!! The thing is, the writing was good, but not liking the characters will just ruin a book for me.

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  10. Oh no I'm sorry you didn't really enjoy this one as much as you wanted to! I definitely can see where you would find Sadie and Max really annoying, especially the fact that Max is such a huge pushover and Sadie is so self-involved. I definitely will skip this one, because I definitely hate characters who are totally oblivious to those around them D:

    Fantastic review, Amy!

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  11. The characters in a novel are always the first thing I criticize. Kudos to you for sticking with so many grating ones.

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  12. If the characters don't work for me, the story better. Sorry this one didn't work out for you!

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  13. Thanks for being honest. I saw this book and wasn't sure if I like it or not.

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  14. OH SAD. Amy Reed is pretty much my favorite author ever! I haven't read this one yet, but I can totally understand why you didn't like it. It sounds like the elements that you didn't like probably won't bother me, but I really appreciate that you were honest!

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