Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss.)
Max and Sadie are best friends, and have been inseparable since they were small. Max is Sadie’s keeper though. She is always doing damage control, always making Sadie leave when she’s too drunk, always the designated driver, and always the one that clears up Sadie’s messes.
This summer Sadie and Max are going to visit Sadie’s mom who lives in a commune on a farm. Sadie and Max are expected to work in the fields harvesting the crops, and both are a little concerned about how bad it is going to be.
Only a few days into their summer Sadie becomes ill and is diagnosed with mono, she’s told that she must be quarantined so that the rest of the commune don’t catch it, and Max must move out of their shared trailer, and continue working without Sadie.
It is this forced absence from Sadie that lets Max realise that there is more to life than looking after Sadie, that she has her own ideas and dreams.
How will Sadie feel about this though? How will she react to the fact that Max is no longer going to be her slave? And what will happen at the end of the summer?
This was an interesting ‘coming-of-age’ story, but it won’t be to everybody’s taste.
Max was clearly the responsible one of her and Sadie’s friendship. She was always looking after Sadie, clearing up her messes, and performing damage control, and had been doing it for a long time. The dynamics in their relationship was a little difficult because of this, and I liked it when Max realised that she wasn’t only Sadie’s friend, and that she had a life of her own.
Sadie was quite a spoiled character, and was ultimately very selfish. Everything was about her, and Max was expected to go along with whatever she was doing, and be there to pick up the pieces afterwards. Even though the whole summer at the commune was Sadie’s dad’s idea, Max was expected to go along like a lapdog, and it was unfair the way that Max was like a replacement mother to Sadie.
There was a love interest in this book called Dylan, but he wasn’t as much a feature in the story as the blurb has you believe. Max and Dylan did have a sort-of relationship at points, and Sadie was jealous, but this wasn’t the main storyline.
There wasn’t really all that much romance in this book at all really, there were some romantic encounters, but overall the book was quite light on romance.
I liked the storyline in this book, mainly as I really wanted Max to come to her senses and stop pandering to Sadie. Sadie really needed a wake-up call, and some lessons in how to treat her friend. Even though she did apologise at points, and she did begin being nicer to Max, it was obvious that she didn’t really want Max to have a life outside of her.
The first ~40% of this book was written in a strange way, it was first person, but it was written like Max was writing/ talking to Sadie – ‘You ran away from me’, ‘“No way!” You say’. This was a little odd to get used to, and I liked it better when the author changed this style half-way through the book to a normal first-person way of writing.
Each of the chapters also had a little intro to it, some of which were a little odd. Each intro was about a Greek god, or the devil and other stuff (I don’t remember them all!), one was definitely about Artemis, another was Nereids (Goddesses of lakes?), and then there were pieces about love and war. I think these intros were supposed to relate to the next part of the story, but many were just a bit too obtuse for me to really get!
Overall; this was an interesting YA coming-of-age story, but the lyrical way of writing, and the letter-style narration of the first half of the book will not be to everyone’s taste.
7 out of 10.
'Over You' Will be released on June 4th 2013.