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Getting Over Garrett Delaney

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  5,785 Ratings  ·  660 Reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published (first published January 24th 2012)
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
“So how are we suppose to win? On the one hand, the world tells us that capital-L Love is epic, and all-conquering, and the meaning of everything, but on the other, it drills us with this message that we shouldn't make any sacrifice or effort to pursue it, because that would make us weak, unempowered, desperate, silly girls.”
I know what you're all thinking right now, having looked at the cover and blurb. Elise, what the hell, why do you keep telling us that you don't really like contemporary
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
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
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
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
Princess Bookie
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2011
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
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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 pu
Lauren Fidler
well, this was not nearly as cute as it thought it was.

part of me liked the premise - a girl, who is bellaswanning hard on her oblivious male-BFF garrett delaney, decides, after he breaks her heart for the 132th time by dating the next future ex-mrs-garrett-delaney, that she must concoct a plan to rewire her emotional circuit board so that she no longer "loves" garrett delaney.

it had...potential.

or not.

i don't know.

look, i basically have three reading goals this year:

1. read one new book a week
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-ya
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
Sam :)
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle-school readers who love character development
Shelves: re-read, 4-stars
Actual Rating: 4.25 :)

Cute, quick, and easy! A perfect summer read, especially for getting over a book hangover!

Update: Re-read May 2016

I think this book is now a sort of summer tradition for me XD It has a combination of all my favorite elements- family drama, quirky friends, an adorable love story (JOSH), and the one of the best character developments I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. From the surface, this book may seem like a light and fluffy summer love story, but it really is un
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laurence R.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aww, this was a great book. I think it might have even cured me from my reading slump, yay!

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,
So what happens when you fall in love with your bestfriend?

“When you look in the mirror, what do you want to see: yet another reminder of your hopeless attempt to be the girl of his dreams, or you? The answer should always be you.”

Yay for Girl Power! ♥

It's my first time to encounter Abby McDonald, and I was choosing between a few of her books. I think I'll particularly like this one based on the blurb. And boy, am I correct! I loved this one!

Sadie has been in love with Garrett forever, okay,
Karla Mae (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
Anna (
Why is it girls always fall for the self-centered guy and never see the sweet one in the background (or in the back of the kitchen in this case, hint hint)?! Hormones. I blame hormones.

As a very grown-up lady, I look back at my high school crushes and it's like, "Oh, honey, no! What are you thinking?" That's how I felt about this book.

Sadie! You young fool you! Garrett doesn't like you! MOVE ON! It's okay though, girl, we've all been there -- just emotionally busted over some jerk dude and passe
Christina Wilder
While some parts were a bit silly, and I didn't care for the vague anti-intellectualism, this was a fun and surprisingly poignant read. We've all been crazy about someone who we had to let go at some point, or have been infatuated with a person who didn't reciprocate the feelings. The journey to finding one's true self is far superior to being someone's lapdog, and therefore I think this would be a great addition to anyone's reading list.
3,5 Sterne
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-fun-reads
3.5 stars.

#MovingOn101 This is an okay book. Quite enjoyable and funny even, at some parts. Another light read. Now next book please. Lol
You might not be able to choose how you feel, but you can choose how you act. Decide to focus on something else, and stay busy, and soon you won’t feel so tied to the person anymore.

From the title, I thought this book would be all about romance. And the book starts that way- with references to all of the classic couples to ever exist in literature. But as the story progressed, it turned out to be about everything but romance. The friendships in this book are amazing! But most of all, Getting O
Carson B.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5/5 stars**
This was SO CUTE in an extremely cheesy sort of way. I loved how much Sadie grew throughout the book and yay I really liked this
Najwa (najreads)
Christine (KizzieReads)
I thought it was cute. Some real life lessons about relationships and just being yourself. I laughed out loud a few times which was exactly what I needed from this book at this time.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, fangirl-for
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
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