Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Everyone Likes a Pick Me Up (Book Review)

picture courtesy of abbymcdonald.com

Hello Hello,

Hope everyone is doing well on this month of January. 
Two days ago, I was able to finish this book -------->>>>

which is your typical YA unrequited love story. 

Now let me tell you something. 
I am not too sure if some of you BookGeekWeek followers are male but either way if you are out there: I am sorry. 

Written in first person narrative, this book centers on Sadie: a girl who meets the "love of her life" (a.k.a Garret Delaney) at a library and spends 2 years liking him.

 Throughout the whole entire time, she listens to him when he talks about his relationships, watches movie, and does all the things a girl does when she is friend zoned and in the best friend field (bare with me). When Garret gets accepted to some lit camp for the summer and she doesn't; things go down hill. Sadie gets all depressed and longs for him like no other. At some point, she clamps down and finally realizes to get over this guy and do something eventful for the summer. Then on, things happen that not even she could expect.

Maybe, I have mentioned this before: about the whole getting too old for YA books; but this book got me hanging on (even at the stereotypical girly emotional parts). Here is this girl pining for this guy for 2 whole years dreaming and expecting him to drop the L-bomb on her and reciting love poetry at any given moment they're alone. I am pretty sure there are many of us girls who are like that: pining for someone who doesn't get it and probably never will. The unattainable one.
a meme made by a fan and posted on tumblr

Don't get me wrong, the way this was written had me thinking the guy was actually going to. And despite the fact that a lot of the pages of this book were spent with Sadie moaning and whining that Garrett is the one; when she started to peel from that: realism began to show through the writing. I saw that Sadie isn't your typical girl. She is the typical girl who grew from her own emotions. 

The cons of this book that majorly got to me is how the male characters of this book are portrayed. Each one has some romantic position whether negative or positive. There is barely a positive male friendship in the view. Which in a sense, kinda makes the book look bad because its not showing the other side of the coin. 

Then again, the story is told in a female first person narrative about getting over a guy. I could be asking a little too much. Either way: I definitely recommend reading this for one of those days when you're sick of deucebaggery male behavior/getting over a break-up/it's girl's week/you need a little bit of grrrrrl power in your life. 

Til Next Blogpost,
Miss Bobo

P.S. If you want to read the first chapter of this book just to check it out, you can do so at Abby McDonald's website (click here)

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