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So Over You by Gwen Hayes | Book Review

Synopsis

Layney Logan, girl reporter.

That’s all she’s ever wanted to be. This year, her senior year, not only does she have to share the coveted Senior Editor position with her arch nemesis, Jimmy Foster, she also has to figure out how to keep the school paper alive. With the local paper closing and the school cutting Journalism from the budget, it’s a long shot. Working side-by-side with Foster, the guy she likes to call Lucifer, makes it even worse.

The only thing Layney dislikes more than swimming in the high school dating pool is Jimmy Foster thinking he got the best of her, so she takes his ridiculous newspaper assignment–to go on twelve blind dates–to prove his powers of darkness won’t work on her. The trouble is, the more she learns about herself on her journey of bad blind dates, the more she wonders if maybe Foster has known her better than she knows herself all this time.

And maybe she should have trusted him with the secret she’s kept for four years—the secret that broke them up to begin with.

Review

Wow. So Over You is a really nice read. Perfect for a cloudy weather. In fact, I read this one while having a sip of my coffee in front of the TV while I’m having my manicure and pedicure. I was surprised because I liked it from the start to the end. Even though the story was short, the ending didn’t appear to be rushed. It fell accordingly. There was a great deal of emotions involved. It was full of humor and drama. The characters were great too. I’m sure teenagers will relate to them. Before anything else, I want to give an insight on the characters that caught my attention.

LAINEY LOGAN. She’s an intelligent girl. She dreams of becoming an investigative reporter. She agreed on going to the 12 blind dates set up by her arch nemesis, Jimmy Foster. I especially adore her witty banter with him. Despite the poker face, she’s hiding an unfortunate and traumatic event that has happened to her, which she tries to deny but always come back to haunt her in her nightmares. It was also the reason she broke up with Foster. She’s very courageous for her to face all that trauma alone without having seek any help from her family or friends. But her trauma affected her no less. She became socially awkward and made her perception on boys not so optimistic.

MICAH. Too bad, Lainey doesn’t like him. He’s every girl’s dream. A skater boy too. I was kind of sad when Lainey gave him the i’m-sorry-it’s-not-you-it’s-me-speech. I hope he finds someone who deserves him.

JIMMY FOSTER. Gosh, I really like him. Despite the fact that he always say the wrong thing when he’s with Logan. I guess that’s a part of the defensive wall he built around himself so he won’t be hurt anymore. He doesn’t want his mask broken. The cheating part is well…acceptable. Geez, he’s only thirteen and he was caught in an awkward position but then I can’t blame Logan for always springing up that part because it helped her cope up with her problems. I can’t help but sympathize with him when Logan confessed what really happened to her. He felt guilty for being an asshole when he should be comforting her girlfriend. It probably affected him in some ways only a psychologist understands.

I like the part when Jimmy told Logan the story of when he first fell in love with her. The part where wrote her name over and over again over a piece of paper. And to think that he was just seven  years old back then.

I went home that day, and I wrote your name over and over on a piece of paper. I must have written it a hundred times. My mom found the paper a few days later in my sock drawer. She asked me why I’d done that…I told her I like the way your name made my heart jump.

I especially love the ending. That’s so sweet of Logan. I love her article specially the last page. I know that there are still some problems between them that needs to be fixed but I’m pretty sure that they’d still end up together.

Quotable Quotes

The devil was his most dangerous when he wasn’t being devilish.

I like people, kind of. I even like boys, mostly. But I was beginning to feel like that stewardess who smiles at you when you get off the plane. Behind the smile you know she really wishes she could trip someone.

You’ll be really sorry if you try to bypass all the detours. You don’t want to get to your destination and not remember anything about the trip.

Some high school boys define themselves by their peers, some by their dreams, and some by their wallets. They are characterized by their family ties, their sense of humor, their cultivated skills, and their natural talent. Some want a girl for a week. Some hope it lasts a lifetime. Some don’t even want a girl at all.

Some girls will love you for your intelligence, your spirit, or your smile. Some girls will fall all over themselves if you even make the smallest effort to understand them. Some girls don’t care how you act as long as you drive a nice car(And some boys deserve those kind of girls. i’m just sayin’.) Some girls will require a lot more from you than most guys are willing to give. This is the girl you’ll need a lot of patience for, because she will lead you down blind paths and up steep hills. The challenge will be staying true to who you are while pursuing this person. She’ll wring you out, simultaneously repel and attract you, and question your every intention. She’ll be the biggest pain in the asphalt you’ve ever had. She’ll need you to understand what she won’t tell you, believe in her when she extends no faith in you, and not give in to her when she wants to roll over you. She’ll expect that you’ll always be there, even when she avoids you. She’ll want lots of independence but want you to need her desperately. She’ll expect you to be smart but treat her like she’s smarter than you. Hopefully, you’ll believe she’s worth it in the end.

Rating: 5/5

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