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Getting Over Garrett Delaney

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Can a twelve-step program help Sadie kick her unrequited crush for good? Abby McDonald serves up her trademark wit and wisdom in a hilarious new novel.

Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly one-sided. The object of her obsession — ahem, affection — is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie’s feelings ever since he saunt...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Candlewick
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Getting over Garrett Delaney was much more than the cute fluffy book I was expecting it to be. Our MC Sadie has been infatuated by Garrett for over two years now, he’s become her best friend, but she’s always wanted more. He’s the perfect match for her, as they both have so much in common and there’s nothing that either would do for each other. Sadie has her summer planned out, both she and Garrett would be attending writing camp and it would be the best summer ever. But things don’t end up as p...more
Sadie has been in love with her best-friend Garrett for two years, which is why she's so excited to be spending six-whole-weeks at a camp for aspiring writers with Garrett. He's just broken up with his latest girlfriend, so this is finally Sadie's chance to turn their friendship into more. Garrett pretty much occupies all of Sadie's free time. They do everything together. Sadie basically built her world and identity around Garrett, discarding her previous friends, and likes for Garrett and his p...more
Some books just have every perfect element. A narrator whose voice is so authentic, so perfectly matched to their story, so absolute spot-on with every emotion and reaction. A romantic comedy-esque plot that's maybe done to death in some people's opinions, but not exactly in this way and doesn't have everything wrap up in a pristine, pretty bow so that it ends up actually feeling like a real ending. A cast of characters that are so funny and unique and perfectly utilized in a way that makes each...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A big thank you to Abby McDonald and Heather Wilks-Jones for sending me a copy of this book. From the moment I saw this book cover on good-reads I knew I had to read it. I am so HAPPY I got that chance. This is one of those books you can't down once you start reading it. It is like a train wreck you can't look away, you want to but you just can't. This is how Sadie is with Garrett.

Lord this book had me laughing one minute and crying the next. Poor Sadie is in love with Garrett and he has no idea...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: A 12 step program to get over a guy? This is my kind of book! Oh, where was this book when I was a teen? Being in love with your best friend when he's constantly got a girlfriend? Yep, been there, done that.

We are introduced to Sadie (cool name) who is best friends with a boy named Garrett Delaney. She's been obsessed with him for 2 years waiting for him to open his eyes and finally notice she's the one for him. Of course, he always has a new girlfriend and she loyally plays the gir...more
I should start off by saying that I love books that stay true to their title and cover, just as this one does.

Sadie is very likable, with her love of books and wit. The way Sadie describes her feelings for Garrett Delaney, after their initial encounter at the coffee shop, makes her eventual love for him believable and sweet. But that’s just it - Garrett never reciprocates her feelings. When he goes to a writing camp for six weeks, he merely “misses” Sadie and, at the same time, admits that he wa...more
Bella Grace
1.5 Stars Sigh. Another one down the drain.

As many may know and many may not, I'm live up in ol' Canada, and every year to celebrate and reward Canadian authors, we have a youth award program called White Pine. In White Pine, teens read a selection of books by Canadian authors for their age group and they then choose their favorite to award. Why does this matter, you ask? Well, this book happens to be one of the 2013 selections for the White Pine and I happened to pick it up for that sole reaso...more
Getting Over Garrett Delaney is such an appealing book to me because it's an echo of my own life, I see myself a lot in Sadie's character and it was such a entertaining and fun read.

Sadie has been in love with her best friend, Garrett for two years. When she first sets sights on him in the coffee shop, she knew they were meant to be together. But why is it not happening? Maybe the Gods of Love are waiting for the perfect time right? When Garrett goes to a Literature camp and left Sadie behind, G...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
To have him gone feels like a loss, an absence haunting me every day.
Without him, there's just the empty space that used to be filled with laughter and friendship and comfort. Can you really blame me for finding it so hard to let go?”

Sadie is inlove with her bestfriend Garrett. For two years now. The only problem is that she is the only one who knows this. In the coming summer he is going to a camp for aspiring writers for six long weeks. She don't know what to do without him. She is used to al...more
I adored the overall message of this book.

Sadie starts out hopelessly, head over heels in unrequited love with her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who as it turns out is a bit of a pretentious poetry-spouting hipster. But when Garrett goes away to writing camp for six weeks and Sadie is pronounced too young to go, she starts realising just how much of her life revolves around him--that she needs to get over him and start being Sadie, not a female Garrett clone.

Books like these can turn out whiny a...more

I received an e-galley of this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press for review.

You know, once in a while, there comes a book that tells the story of your life, or something that reminds you very much of it. Be it just a part of the whole thing, or everything that happens in the book has actually happened to you. When a book like this comes along, it's hard not to have a feeling of nostalgia as you read, or once you finish reading it. It might break your heart, m...more
I loved Getting Over Garrett Delaney! Abby McDonald's writing made me feel like I was right there living along-side Sadie and the rest of the Totally Wired crew !

Firstly, this book had all the things I love in a book:
- A likable and easy-to-relate-to main character; even at times when the main character -Sadie- irritated me, I still felt like I could understand why she was acting the way she was, and felt like I myself would probably act the same way if put in that situation..
- A believable sto...more
Carson B.
I'm not exactly the biggest YA reader, but when I spied the author surreptitiously placing her own book on the display shelf at the library I had to check it out. GOGD didn't transform me into a fervid YA reader--probably nothing can--but it did disabuse me of the Twilight-inspired notion that YA books are all saccharine, predictable, pandering amalgamations of trite tropes and trivialities. And it made me want to check out Abby McDonald's more adult-oriented books.

In other words, despite my de...more
This book seriously surprised me. I was looking for a cute, fluffy teen book to help me come down from a 5 book Fever binge. I'm paranormaled out thanks to Karen Marie Moning. Sooo, any hoo...

Getting Over Garrett Delaney was a really good book about a girl who has lost her own identity because of a BOY. How many times did we, as teens, start liking the stuff our boyfriend or BFFs liked? Sadie is pretty unhappy as the realizations hit her, again & again, that what she thinks are her own taste...more
Sadie is hopelessly inlove with her best friend, Garett Delaney. They share everything together; books, movies, and their thoughts. They have absolutely everything in common, and are the perfect match... but Garrett just fails to notice their connection. Sadie basically built her world and identity around Garrett, discarding her previous friends, and likes for Garrett and his preferences. Sadie is hoping their feelings will be mutual, when they're both supposed to be going to a Literature Camp d...more
This is an important book. Although it's a lite, funny, and endearing quick read, this short YA novel has a message for all of us women. It's not just for high school girls, though I HIGHLY recommend it for the 16+ crowd. Have you ever lost yourself in a relationship? Or maybe just forgotten to nurture an important part of yourself while being a "couple"? All women will be able to relate (and maybe ask ourselves some hard questions) while we laugh at Sadie's quirky coffee shop friends, who spend...more
this is one of the most underrated books i've ever read! It needs to be talked about more!

I ordered this book thinking I already knew how the plot would unfold (but wanting to read it nevertheless) and I was pleasantly surprised at how Abby McDonald wrote this story of unrequited love.

When Sadie realizes that her whole wold has been centered on her best friend and crush, Garrett, she decides to do something to change it. Stick of hearing about his relationships and pining after a guy she’s love...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
At the risk of sounding painfully old, I think this book holds an amazingly good message for young women. Come to think of it, I know some adult women who would probably benefit from it.

'Self-actualization' is the term that comes to mind when I sit and ponder how to describe this story, and I suppose it's telling that that exact term is used fairly early on in the book. Sadie's struggle with her addiction to Garrett, and her subsequent attempts to get out and live her own life were touching and...more
GLORY HALLELUJAH. SOME GOOD CHICK LIT. FINALLY. No whining girls. No pathetic pining. And absolutely no inane hysterical rants. YESSSSSS

Okay, so the blurb of this book left me kind of skeptical at first. A girl who decides to use self-help books to get her to stop hopelessly pining for a guy? It sounds sketchy, and cheesy, and overly . . . peppy. But the characters are surprisingly real. There's no set stereotype or generalization. Again, this is some hands-down good chick lit to add to my list...more
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
Have you ever pined after someone, and thought you were going to get your chance? Well, Sadie is definitely no stranger in that apartment. She has loved Garrett ever since she saw him two years ago. Both, of them have the same interests. On her birthday, she learns that he and his girlfriend and no longer dating.

This is her chance to finally get out of the friend zone. At a party, she thinks he is finally going to tell her that he loves her, but they are interrupted and never have the conversat...more
Sloooooooooooooooow. In a good way! Getting Over Garrett Delaney will definitely test your willpower to keep reading, but it's strangely worth it. It's what I've been asking for: a book in which the romance takes a back seat and develops. If you're looking to get away from love triangles and insta-love and get back to what's most relatable to real relationships, then this is the book for you.

The characters are nice in the way that they're not over the top in their actions. Everything seems prett...more
Lisa M
Story of my life. Really.

The main character, Sadie is so eerily like me. She likes books and stuff, and in love with her best friend, Garrett Delaney for two years. So something happened and she decides that enough is enough, she cannot wait for him anymore, and she has to get over him for good, so she devises a 12-step plan to do that.

I love, love, love the support group that helps Sadie throughout her quest; her friends at work, and her childhood friend Kayla. I myself have a big group of gi...more
Judith Wright
From the moment Sadie saw Garrett Delaney she knew that they were perfect for each other. How couple they possibly not be together? Fast forward two years and Sadie and Garrett are best friends. They share everything together...movies, music, and clothing styles. Only problem is that Sadie is still madly in love with Garrett. Too bad he is so busy dating every other girl but Sadie to notice. Now Garrett is off to writers camp for six weeks and Sadie is left at home. Will this be...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
How can I show my love for this book? By GUSHING about it! I really adore this book and the talented writer who wrote this book. I love stories of heartache, change and of course becoming someone new. I love the premise of this book. I can tell you I am hooked!

So what do you do to get over a guy? Us gals know that a heart ache is not easy getting over. I had a few heart aches in my time and does it get easier? No. But you do learn and grow from it. Enter Sadie. A hopeless romantic in love with h...more
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Hello. I read this book a while ago and, coming across a situation I'd never experienced before, I had to lower my rating of Getting Over Garrett Delaney.
I had originally given it five stars, but I took it down to four.
The reason is simple. I really loved this book, it was written quite well and I loved the final message: you have to be yourself to be really happy. That is something I happily learned thanks to this book.
However I hated how the 'getting over' part was made so simple. The main ch...more
Reading Vacation
Getting Over Garrett Delany was the cute summer read I have been looking for. Sadie was a girl in love/obsessed when she realizes that the apple of her eye is never going to come around. So, she embarks on a 12 step plan to get over him and move on with her life. The plot was endearing and relatable. What girl doesn’t want advice about how to get over her insanely unattainable crush? Seriously though, the book was well written with a cast of mixed characters and a plot that kept me flipping page...more
Nika (Off to Neverland)
Sadie has been madly in love with her best friend Garrett ever since they met. She dreams of how their love could be. Why, they'll be the new Elizabeth and Darcy. There's just a teeny tiny problem. Garrett is oblivious to how utterly perfect they are for each other. When he goes away for summer, Sadie realizes that enough's enough! She needs to MOVE ON. She gets a job, makes new friends, and tries to have a life without Garrett. And it turns out to a fun adventure.

I absolutely loved this book. I...more
Michelle (SweetBookReviews)

1. There were some moments in the novel that seemed to drag on for quite a bit. Most notably when Sadie is thinking and contemplating what she’s going to do next or how she feels about certain things. I felt some of those moments went for a tad too long and I always kept wishing she would just hurry up and come to a conclusion!

2. I really wouldn’t call this a negative, it’s more of a stupid nitpick on my part :P There was no kiss between Sadie and Josh; her obvious potential love int...more

When first reading this book I was worried this was going to go bad but I'm happy that I was wrong.

Getting Over Garrett Delaney follows the life of Sadie Elizabeth Allen whose life literally revolves around her best friend Garrett Delaney who she is also head over heels in love with.

When reading the first few chapters of these books it really irked me hearing Sadie compare her and Garrett to all these literary couples and say they are fated and destined to be together. I had to remind m...more
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“You can die of a broken heart -- it's scientific fact -- and my heart has been breaking since that very first day we met. I can feel it now, aching deep behind my rib cage the way it does every time we're together, beating a desperate rhythm: Love me. Love me. Love me.” 250 likes
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