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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  389 ratings  ·  65 reviews
An intense friendship fractures in this gritty, realistic novel from the author of Beautiful, Clean, and Crazy, which School Library Journal called compelling and moving.

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. Max is Sadie's confidante, her protector, and her
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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"And just like Eve, she was curious, not a becoming trait for a woman. What hubris it was to think for herself, to wonder, to do contrary to what she was told; what a crime to want to know what was in that famous box. In a moment of defiance, she opened it, releasing all the evil into the world. It spilled over the land like storm clouds; it darkened the sky black. The acrid smoke seeped into every pore of every soul, infecting mankind with a filth that could never be washed off.

This is what ma
(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
This is my favorite Amy Reed book, which is saying a lot because I have some strong feelings for crazy. But I was dealing with some toxic friendship stuff when I read this, and every other friendship book I read felt like it was kicking me in the metaphorical nuts, and along came this book to say, "Surprise! Sometimes the best thing is to discover yourself outside the friendship and realize you're better off without it. That you will be far more at peace when you're putting less mental energy in ...more
Over You is the story about two best friends stuck in a toxic relationship. Max is too dependent on Sadie and Sadie is as selfish as they come. I know this book is not for everyone. It starts off being told in second tense. It's told by Max and is written like she's talking to Sadie and uses 'you' a lot. I didn't mind in honestly. For me, it made the story more personal. I felt more connected to Max. In Part Two, the tense changes to first person. It's still told by Max. Again, this didn't bothe ...more
Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at YA Love

This is one of those books that I’m afraid I won’t do justice in my review. Over You by Amy Reed is a very smart book that deserves more attention. It’s the first book of Amy Reed’s that I’ve read, even though I have two of her other books in my class library, but I’ll definitely be reading all of her books now.

I’m not always sure when to describe a book as being literary, but I feel comfortable describing Over You this way. Amy Reed juxtaposes multiple mytholo
When it comes to Amy Reed, it’s very possible that “fangirl” isn’t a strong enough word to describe me. She was the author who turned me onto YA realistic fiction, whose writing has influenced me in many, many ways, and who I can count on to always deliver a powerful, emotional story. Over You, her fourth novel, is very good—more than good, it’s amazing.

Sadie and Max have an extremely unhealthy friendship; I think I would be safe in describing it as co-dependent. Sadie is the wild, crazy one, wh
Crash Queen (Whimsy and Stardust)
I am done. I am done loving all these broken people. I am done allowing them to keep breaking me. I quit.

Over You was an especially emotional story for me because I not only felt it but I understood.
I understand what it's like to be with someone who takes and takes and keeps expecting more. I understand what it's like to be with someone and feel like you can only take a deep breath, that you can only truly breathe, when you're away from them. I understand what it's like to feel stuck in the m
Amy Fournier
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. ...more
Huh. I'm not sure how to review this one. Oh, I have plenty of opinions. But I'm not sure I can put them into the right words. I guess I'll just start with Max. She's the adult at home despite having two parents. That's only been the case for a year or so since her mother had an accident that put her in a wheelchair. She is depressed and her father looks to Max to hold the family together. But Max has been holding Sadie together for years. All because Sadie's mother left her with her father inst ...more
Absolutely stunning. I first stumbled upon Beautiful by Amy Reed and thought it was one of the most mesmerizing stories I had ever read. Over You didn't let me down either.

I thought it was written beautifully, in a way that truly reflected how the protagonist thought. And how she thought was real, the self awareness she possessed was startling, in a good way. She questioned some of her actions, and if she thought it was bad, she let us know that she knew. People aren't perfect, and Reed portray
Amy Reed is probably one of my favorite authors of all time and this book just increased my love for her. When I originally read the description of this book, I have to admit that it didn't have me immediately hooked. When the story begins, it starts in a way that I guess is meant to be deep but in reality, it just put me off the book a little bit. However, I continued reading and I'm so glad that I did. Reed includes every single feeling and thought that Max was experiencing in the book and I t ...more
"I am done. I am done loving all these broken people. I am done allowing them to keep breaking me. I am done caring so much, done trying to put them back together again, done hoping, done wondering why it never works out. It is not my job anymore. I quit." (p. 269)

This was an excellent, unique book. I've had hit or miss experiences with Amy Reed, but this book was beautiful and lovely and heartbreaking.

A good end to another year of reading :)
Dana Sitar
Another beautiful piece from a talented author. Always pushing the bounds of YA fiction with both her style and subjects, Amy Reed does not disappoint with OVER YOU. The characters are fascinating, and she draws you instantly into their world with a brilliantly-executed second-person narrative. Many teenage girls can probably relate to being either Max or Sadie at some point in their lives, and will certainly enjoy and benefit from reading their story.
Nica Cruz
Sep 28, 2014 Nica Cruz marked it as to-read
Because I want to give Amy Reed a chance after the horrible reading experience otherwise known as Beautiful.
Christine D.
Exploring a toxic friendship and handling dark truths, Over You by Amy Reed is a book about self-discovery. The two friends, Max and Sadie, have known each other for years. They balance each other out characteristically, but their co-dependence on one another is stifling. Sadie is egotistic and materialistic; Max is level-headed and insecure. Sadie is the center of the show, while Max is the shadow - the rational side of Sadie.When Sadie is sent to her absentee mother, Lark's organic farm and co ...more
E. Anderson
Toxic friendships are a very real thing. Which is part of why I really loved OVER YOU by Amy Reed. Unlike the title might suggest, this isn't a story of getting over a boy, but finding one's own identity despite the best friend who can't seem to let you be yourself.

The first half of OVER YOU is told in second person. The protagonist, Max, narrates to her best friend, the spontaneous and adorable Sadie. And Sadie is Max's world. Max doesn't seem to know how this happened, but they've been best fr
What a compelling story. I really enjoyed this book, especially because it took place on an organic farm, which is a very unusual setting, which I really enjoyed.

This book was really good. Max was such an amazing friend through all the years and always stood by Sadie's side, being the caretaker of her actions and making sure she doesn't go overboard. Max had to stay strong for the both of them, and she did for the most part.

I liked how this book was written. Part I of the book was written in t
Taylor Knight
I'd seen something about this book on and I was really loving the cover. I'd never heard anything about this book or the author so I just kinda forgot about it. However, 2 weeks later, in a random Barnes and Noble, I seen Over You just sitting on the shelf. I knew it was meant to be.

Over You starts out kinda rocky, in my opinion. The perspective is really weird. I've never read a book like it. But after 100 pages, I got used to it. By page 145, it all made sense. And props to Amy Re
Spoiler alert!

Amy Reed has been one of my favourite authors for a long time. However, I really was not happy with Over You.
Namely, the end.
Although I suppose I should start this review with the beginning.
Very interesting writing in this, with first person, but also second person. Amy Reed, of course, pulls this off very well, with gorgeous prose as always. The scenes are vivid and full, without having long descriptions of places.
The characters, as ever, are amazing. This is Amy Reed's greatest g
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
The perspective in this one threw me at first, but not enough to put it down. The point of view is just weird. It is from Max's pov, so she is the "I" but it is also second person because Sadie is
"you". So it is like she is writing a letter, or telling the story to us, but as the reader we are in Sadie's pov. Like I said, confusing, but I got used to it. It also changed at about the halfway point because Sadie got sick.
Oh, and I didn't like the things at the beginning of chapters. I have
Kayla Eklund
I’ve always heard a lot of good things about Amy Reed’s novels. She writes young adult novels about social issues, which is my favorite genre/sub-genre. I am glad that after all this time, I have finally got to read one of her books. Over You definitely lived up to my expectations. Over You is about Max and her best friend Sadie. Sadie gets into some trouble drinking, so her father sends her to live with her mother for the summer. Sadie and Max are inseparable so Max joins her. I only had one pr ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Zoe rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Amy Reed never ceases to amaze me. Every single time I start one of her books, I think that it can’t possibly be as good as the last one. And every single time I’m wrong. Reed’s writing is consistently amazing. All of her books left me with a case of “oh my gosh, this book is so fantastic I can’t even articulate my feelings towards it”, and Over You isn’t any different.

Max is a headstrong character who is able to successfully carry her own during the story. Her best friend Sadie, however, is nea
2.5 stars

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 disco
Amy Reed is one of my favorite authors, and I am always intrigued to pick up one of her books just to see what she is going to throw out at readers next. Her writing is different and usually has some sort of mad twist to it. This book was, however, not one of my favorites. I did give it 3 cupcakes, but I really had higher hopes for this book. This book centers on the friendship of two girls, Max and Sadie. Max is obsessed with Sadie, which completely took me by surprise at first, and Sadie is ju ...more
Book Twirps
When wild-child, Sadie, gets into trouble (again) she is sent to stay with her mother for the summer. The catch? Her mother lives on a commune. Max, Sadie’s best friend (and narrator of the story), joins her because Max and Sadie are pretty much attached at the hip. The trip is really meant to be a reality check for Sadie, but you can’t tame someone like her, even though her father, and Max have tried. Both of the girls are a bit nervous about the manual labor they’ll be required to do while liv ...more
Gladys Turner
*ARC courtesy of Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

Max would follow Sadie anywhere...

And that's her problem.
She is totally codependent of Sadie, like a little lost puppy or a freshman who want to become part of a fraternity and would do anything about that.

She is Sadie’s confidante, her protector, and her best friend.

Part one of the book, around 40% is witten in this way:
"You woke up in the morning, you decided to do that, your parents were like that, you thought that I
Max and Sadie are best friends. “We have always understood our relationship comes first.” Max is the one who drives them home when Sadie is too drunk; she is the one on standby when Sadie climbs into a car full of boys; she is the one always protecting Sadie. So when they are shuffled off for the summer from Seattle to the Nebraska commune where Sadie’s mom lives, it will be all right because they are together. Even when they encounter obvious bad boy Dylan, an attraction for both girls. However ...more
I'm a huge fan of Amy Reed's books Crazy and Clean (I liked Beautiful, just didn't love it) so I was really looking forward to her next book. Unfortunately, this one didn't work for me. I feel terrible giving this 2 stars when I enjoyed her other books so much, but I just flat-out didn't like this book.

Ultimately, this was just too disjointed for me. I actually didn't mind the writing style or the changing tenses (second person, first person, etc.), but the story just wasn't there for me. I hate
Cecily Kyle
I really enjoyed another book from Amy Reed and I do hope that she continues to write books, and as long as she does I will keep reading them. They usually have to do with toxic and unhealthy ways we can take a situation and live in this life.

This book shows young girl who always takes care of her friend and lives in her shadows. It has shown to be a thankless job but when she starts discovering herself without her friend she realizes there is no reason she should keep living that way that she
Heather Smith
This is a very realistic portrayal of relationships, I think. Maybe not so much of a realistic setting, but the focus was real. The story deals with friendship, and learning when to let go and be independent for once, and allowing yourself to do what you want with your life instead of always being a crutch for everyone else. Very inspiring, personal message in my opinion.
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Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually gra ...more
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