Tuesday, 14 February 2012

(Review) So Over You by Gwen Hayes

Release date: April 25th 2010
Publisher: Self Published
Page count: 266
Genre(s): Young Adult/Romance/Contemporary
Buy it: Amazon
Add it on: Goodreads
Rating: 3/5

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.

Synopsis from Goodreads

This was like the book equivalent of a teen rom com. It wasn't particularly deep or moving, but sometimes all you want is something fun and goofy and sweet to distract you from life for an hour or two. And I seriously mean an hour or two because this book was really short.

Despite the length, it was enjoyable whilst it lasted. I'd say it leaned a little more towards the com than the rom, but it wasn't the kind of cheesy comedy that made me want to face palm. It was actually pretty funny. It was sweet as well, but the romance never felt as strong as I'd have liked. Since the story was so short, it'd have been hard to have any more development without sacrificing the fun of all the dates Layney has to go on.

It was so fun reading about all the different dates. Sadly, they were just too short!! Some of the guys were so adorable or funny and I'd have happily read more about them but then bam! Layney was on yet another date. Thankfully, it was a blast having Layney as a lead character. She was hilarious. I adored her snarky remarks and the fact she calls this one character by the wrong name throughout the entire book amused me. Jimmy was a little cliche with his whole 'bad boy every girl fancies but is actually a sweet guy' persona but somehow it didn't bug me. He was pretty sweet. It was also cool that Layney and Jimmy already knew each other well, which made their verbal battles funny rather than making me think 'Urm why do you even like each other?'

Sadly, like a lot of those teen rom com movies, I didn't find the book particularly memorable. Maybe it's just me getting senile at the ripe old age of 20, but I had to check the summary before posting this review as I'd forgotten Layney and Jimmy's names :( There's nothing particularly terrible about the book. It's a little rushed due to the length, but other than that, it does what it sets out to do well. It's just there are so many great books out there with so little time to read them. If you have an hour to spare, need some cheering up and don't have a burning desire to read anything else, give this a go.

I give it 3/5.

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