What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Over You features some sexual situations, swearing, and alcohol use. Max spends the night with her boyfriend and recalls other sexy situations (like showing up at his house naked under her coat and accidently exposing herself to the garbageman). Some serious kissing, and teen characters discuss hand jobs, pornography, and a sexy picture. Also, Max's best (male) friend is gay and in a relationship with another man. There are also lots of labels, from Burberry and Lululemon to Red Bull and KFC -- and some swear words, including "f--k." Teen characters drink and go to unsupervised parties with alcohol. Max calls coffee "liquid optimism" and encourages other teens to drink it.
What's the story?
After Max's rich, handsome boyfriend breaks up with her, she's devastated and leaves boarding school. Now living with her mother in New York City, Max uses her personal pain to start a new business: helping girls get over their heartaches. At Ex Inc., Max's revolutionary program includes taking her clients kickboxing, ridding their rooms of ex-boyfriend evidence, and more, including a final face-off with their ex-boyfriends. This highly orchestrated \"Moment\" involves make-up, styling, and the heartbroken girl's chance to show off a new skill that will leave her old boyfriend realizing what he's missing -- and her realizing that she's truly over him. But Max hasn't yet dealt with her own bad break-up and may lose her self-esteem, her business -- and a new boy crush -- when her ex surprises her by moving to New York, too.
Is it any good?
There's nothing too deep or surprising in OVER YOU, but it's fun fluff from the authors of the popular The Nanny Diaries. This isn't literature, but it's a fast, enticing read and a fine choice for reluctant readers. Romantic teen girls, especially, will be swept up in this story about getting over heartbreak (and being brave enough to try again). Inspired parents could even use it to spark some important conversations about love and romance -- and whether teen guys and girls have the same expectations.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the authors, who also wrote the popular The Nanny Diaries. Did knowing they wrote Over You influence your decision to read it? If you've read The Nanny Diaries, what similarities -- and differences -- do you see?
What do you think of Max's belief that guys are more likely to fear commitment and break up with girls for no real reason? Is that accurate/realistic?
What do you think of the ideas about love and romance put forth in Over You? Do you agree or disagree with them?