Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mini Reviews: Over You by Amy Read, FML by Shaun David Hutchinson

Over You
by Amy Reed
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publication Date:  June 4, 2013
Source:  Publisher/Edelweiss

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.

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My Thoughts:  Sadie and Max are best friends.  In fact, Max's whole life has pretty much revolved around Sadie....looking out for  her, being her best friend, always putting her first.  When she accompanies Sadie to Nebraska for a visit with her mother, who has been absent from Sadie's life for the most part, things begin to change.  First of all, they find themselves on a commune of sorts.  Then they meet bad boy Dylan, who they both like.  One thing leads to another, and Max soon finds out she must discover who she is apart from and without Sadie.

The synopsis for this book sounded pretty good and I was looking forward to reading it, but unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.  The point of view that the story was told from was a bit confusing.  It was told from Max's point of view, and she would refer to herself as I, but she also referred to Sadie as you, like she was talking to her in the narration, which in turn made me feel like she was talking to me and I was Sadie.  I just wasn't crazy about this.  Nevertheless, this is the writing style the author chose to use for this book.  I haven't read anything else by Amy Reed, but have heard good things about her.  Secondly, I just didn't like Max or Sadie too much, which is just my personal opinion of course.  Max didn't impress me and Sadie was a kind of a brat.  The commune itself was really just a bunch of modern day hippies, ranging from young to old. There was drugs, partying, drinking, etc. going on quite a bit.  It kind of reminded me of one of those placed that winds up on the news, and not in a good way.  Then there was the love interest, Dylan, who is personified as a bad boy.  Usually, I love the bad boys, but Dylan did nothing for me.  He was just a jerk all the way around.

Overall, I wasn't crazy about this story, but I have seen mixed reviews, some of which were positive.  My advice to you is to go to goodreads and check the reviews out for yourself.  Even though I wasn't crazy about it, you may like it, especially if you are a fan of this author.

by Shaun David Hutchinson
Published:  June 25, 2013
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Source:  Publisher/Edelweiss

There’s more than one way to get the girl in this fun and fast-paced novel about one epic party and a kiss that could change everything.Tonight’s the night: Simon’s big chance to finally get with Cassie. Cassie, who he’s loved for ages. Cassie, who is newly boyfriend-free. Cassie, who just happens to be throwing the biggest party of the year. Simon’s plan is simple: He’ll go to the party, she’ll fall in love with him, they’ll make out like crazy, and the night will be a complete success.

But things don’t ever go as planned…especially when it comes to Cassie.

In two alternating plotlines, Simon goes after the girl of his dreams and stumbles toward his destiny. It’s one night, one party, and a thousand ways for things to go wrong…but a million ways for them to go right.

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My Thoughts:  When I read the synopsis for FML, and saw that it was told in two alternating plot lines, I was quiet curious.  I have read several stories in which this worked well, such as Pivot-Point by Kasie West, where everything made sense.  In FML, the two plots lines were confusing, because it revolved around the same party, the same situations, just different outcomes and I got lost more than once trying to figure out which plot line I was in.

Simon is your typical geeky guy.  He's had a crush on the popular girl, Cassie, all throughout high school.  It's the end of the year and the whole book takes place the night of the big party at Cassie's house, what happens during that evening, and two different ways it could happen.  Simon is a pretty good guy.  I wasn't crazy about him, but I didn't dislike him either.  He is just obsessed with what he thinks he wants and can't have, convinced that he is in love with Cassie, she's the one, etc.  He spends the entire evening with the help of his friends, trying to get close to her and kiss her.  There were several other characters that I did like, Ben and Coop, who were his best friends, were also gay, and both had great personalities.  Then there was Stella, the new girl that Simon meets.

FML is something that may appeal to teens.  It has its humorous moments, but not a lot of depth.  I didn't dislike it, It just didn't appeal to me, though the humor in this book may appeal to some.  The main character wasn't bad, he just didn't draw me in, and neither did the story.  This is another one of those books that have mixed reviews, and is something that will probably appeal to some and not others, depending on personal taste.


  1. I have been debating on whether or not to get fml, now I am kind of glad that I didn't.

    Thanks for the honest reviews!

    1. It is okay, but not as good as I had hoped.

  2. They both sounds like they are pretty good. I am wanting to pick up Over You soon too. Great reviews.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. Aw, sorry neither one of these worked out like you'd hoped. Thanks for the helpful reviews!

  4. Well, Ellen, this is disappointing
    What is strange, though, is that Over You reminds me of the book I recently read, All our Pretty Songs. It was paranormal, but the plots are soooo similar, it's bizarre!
    The second book, FML looks good though
    GREAT review!
    Your reader,

  5. I have heard mixed things about Amy Reed books in general. I have one but haven't read it yet. It sounds kind of strange, her referring to her friend as 'you' the whole time. I don't think it would work for me. The second one sounds like it's a bit confusing as well. Sorry these weren't better for you!

    1. It really was strange and took a lot of getting used to. The story just didn't appeal to me at all. Thanks for stopping by.


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