By Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Available August 2012
After the grand explosion of her relationship, seventeen-year-old Max Scott developed what every girl in the history of the world has been waiting for: a way to get over being dumped. Now Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when her ex unexpectedly shows up in her neighborhood, Max’s carefully controlled world starts to unravel. With her clients’ hearts hanging in the balance, Max will have to do the seemingly impossible: get over him once and for all.
This Blonde’s Review:
Max is the girl with the plan. If there is a girl out there with a broken heart, Max will know how to help her get over it. She has a plan, a kit, and loyal friends helping her pull off the recovery process. Plus, girls she helps don’t have to pay her anything except their possible assistance in a future case.
Max’s mother is expecting another baby and is finally settling down for the family life, the thing she never did when Max was growing up. With a baby on the way you’ll also get deliveries for baby furniture, which is how Max meets Ben. Too bad for Ben that Max is beyond distracted by Ex, Inc and the arrival of the ex who started the whole thing. It turns out a little more complicated when it turns out that his best friend’s ex is Max’s current client.
We get to go through Max’s breakup solutions with Bridget, a hard case for Max whose ex is the boy across the street. We’re able to see how different steps of Max’s plan are actually working, and even how it affects the boy who did the dumping. We usually only see one side with a story like this and aren’t supposed to feel any sympathy for the boy who broke the girl’s heart. Seeing both sides makes it much harder to know whether to cheer for Max and Bridget or to hope that Max fails and the couple can get back together.
When her ex shows up in the middle of Bridget’s recovery plan Max doesn’t know how to react. She’s devastated when he is so disinterested in her that he turns away from her. When he seems interested again, Max has to decide if the potential romance with Ben is worth keeping or if she’ll give in to the lure of the ex.
I thought this one was adorable. The idea of a guaranteed way to get over a breakup is something any girl would want to have access to. Having someone who will get all of the gifts, pictures, and comfy sweaters out of your room so you can’t see them and break is a great start. Someone who will help you realize how you’re better off without him and make him see why he was an idiot to dump you is even better to have around. Max is that girl.
When someone creates a business based on healing broken hearts, you will usually assume that they’ve dealt with their own. In Max’s case, that wasn’t how it happened. Instead of dealing with her own she ran away from it. As it starts to impact the current case she does what any smart girl shouldn’t do. She refuses to talk about it. She alienates her friends, hurts the boy who likes her, and lets her client become part of her healing process.
As the pieces fall Max has to figure out what really matters to her. She’ll have to discover what’s best for her and whether she can really be over her ex for good. Her mistakes went further than I thought they would, but in many ways I think that made this one even better. Max isn’t perfect, and she can really mess things up. But coming back from it can teach her even more and open the door to more than she could have accepted before.
If reading a book with a girl who has it all figured out until it starts to fall apart around her sounds interesting to you then you’ll love watching Max’s life fall to pieces. You’ll especially like the way she manages to put it back together again. If you enjoy having side characters that you’ll love as much as the main character then you won’t want to miss getting to know Max’s friends either.