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How will she react to the fact that Max is no longer going to be her slave? And what will happen at the end of the summer? She was always looking after Sadie, clearing up her messes, and performing damage control, and had been doing it for a long time. Sadie was quite a spoiled character, and was ultimately very selfish. Everything was about her, and Max was expected to go along with whatever she was doing, and be there to pick up the pieces afterwards.

I liked the storyline in this book, mainly as I really wanted Max to come to her senses and stop pandering to Sadie. Sadie really needed a wake-up call, and some lessons in how to treat her friend. This was a little odd to get used to, and I liked it better when the author changed this style half-way through the book to a normal first-person way of writing. Each of the chapters also had a little intro to it, some of which were a little odd. I think these intros were supposed to relate to the next part of the story, but many were just a bit too obtuse for me to really get!

Mar 23, Sarah YA Love rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary-ya , mythology , glgb-books-to-recommend , realistic-fiction , read-in , young-adult-lit , release , glbt. Over You by Amy Reed is a very smart book that deserves more attention. This mythological tie-in is what originally caught my attention about this book. This is incredibly hard for her to do. I never felt like they were over-exaggerated or unbelievable. Over You is an excellent read alike to Like Mandarin.

The characters and their conflicts are similar and will resonate with readers. I had a difficult time liking Sadie. Max often feels that way. Sadie is needy, immature, and manipulative. I can see why Max cares so deeply for her. View 1 comment. Jan 22, Hannah rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviews , read , real-life , favorite-authors , gorgeous-covers.

Over You is the story about two best friends stuck in a toxic relationship. Max is too dependent on Sadie and Sadie is as selfish as they come. I know this book is not for everyone. It starts off being told in second tense. It's told by Max and is written like she's talking to Sadie and uses 'you' a lot. I didn't mind in honestly.

For me, it made the story more personal. I felt more connected to Max. In Part Two, the tense changes to first person. It's still told by Max. Again, this didn't bothe Over You is the story about two best friends stuck in a toxic relationship. Again, this didn't bother me. I know it might bother other people though. I felt like the changing tenses added to the story. I enjoyed the writing style and most of the characters.

Sadie was obnoxious and the more I read, the more I hated her. However, I feel like that's the point. In the beginning, Sadie was like a drug that Max needed like she needed air. As the story went on, her dependency on Sadie weakened and she realized just how awful Sadie is and how bad their friendship is. Their friendship was very Sadie-centric.

The story is really a story of self discovery and how to get out of a bad relationship and more importantly it shows that friendships can be toxic too. May 14, Chasia Lloyd rated it really liked it. Really intense and great book about best friends breaking up. Wish the ending had been longer, but this was a good read. Trigger warning for drug use and some overdosage view spoiler [Possibly a suicide attempt? Oct 04, Paula rated it really liked it Shelves: lgbtqia. Just wow. This was a powerful book. Aug 21, Heather rated it liked it. I'm not sure how to review this one.

Oh, I have plenty of opinions. But I'm not sure I can put them into the right words.

I guess I'll just start with Max. She's the adult at home despite having two parents. That's only been the case for a year or so since her mother had an accident that put her in a wheelchair. She is depressed and her father looks to Max to hold the family together. But Max has been holding Sadie together for years. All because Sadie's mother left her with her father inst Huh. All because Sadie's mother left her with her father instead of taking her with her when she left.

I'll get to Sadie I think in many ways, Max has enabled Sadie and used Sadie's and to a lesser extent her parent's reliance on her to rescue in Sadie's case and hold things together in her parents case, in other words to be the strong one, the reliable one, the parent, as an excuse to keep from living her own life. She describes herself as a shadow of Sadie, the one behind her, but tells frightening stories of how she has had to rescue and worry over Sadie. Still, Max lets Sadie walk all over her feelings, talk for her, have everything first, even if Max wants it. Lark- Sadie's mom.

Sadie is a chip off the old block only Lark has learned to be a bit more bearable. She isn't controlling and doesn't have a Max following her around but she isn't faithful to Doff a bit self centered if you ask me. Doff- Very kind, introduced as Lark's mate and sometimes he is.

He tends the animals on the farm so he never gets a day off, even if the others do. A quiet man. He enjoys his work. Dylan-He is not the love interest you're led to believe in the synopsis so just don't get your hopes up for a romance.

First impressions are the best. I'll leave it at that. Then there's Sadie.

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Can you say spoiled, narcissistic, drama queen? That's Sadie. She drinks too much. She has sex with just about anyone when she's in that state. She embarrasses Max talking about her sexuality. She says other things that are entirely inappropriate and Max spends all her time, apologizing, cleaning up, holding her hair while she vomits, or looking for her. I'm not sure Max has enjoyed a party ever because she is always designated to watch Sadie.

Sadie also does drugs. She has a stepmother and stepbrother along with her father and lives in what they call a "McMansion" a term I'm seeing a lot in YA these days. Sadie is so big, as in personality and so demanding, there really isn't any room for Max to be anything in her presence. The World- So drama queen gets sent to spend the summer with her mother, Lark, on a farm in Nebraska and Max gets to tag along.

The bus drops them off in the middle of corn fields and leaves them. Someone was supposed to meet them, but no one comes. Culture shock is too small to say when the girls get their tour of the farm and find out there are no real toilets, they share showers and they will be living in a trailer. Max learns early to love the work on the farm, but Sadie is full of complaints. She is controlling and unfortunately finds a girl who worships the ground she walks on and hates Max. The people on the farm are very friendly and welcoming. Max thinks she is finding something she has been missing.

The Story- Max tells it in the first part with excerpts from Greek mythology and then like she's writing a journal entry or telling Sadie all these things about herself because Max knows her better than Sadie knows herself. But it's more personal, because Max shares things about herself, how she was scared, how she was in love and didn't want to share it with Sadie, how she is hurt by some of the things Sadie does. The second part is told present tense. Something happens that allows Max to live Sadie free for awhile.

She doesn't have to watch out for Sadie. No taking care of her at all. And Max experiences freedom. Max has changed. But Sadie is the same. This part of the story is the most climactic of the novel and the most telling as it shows Sadie for who she truly is and Max finally reaches clarity. What I thought- The narration is sort of odd.

I liked the narration in the first part and kind of thought it would have been good to carry it through the whole story. Maybe had a different ending. The kind a train wreck like Sadie would eventually end up in without a friend like Max to watch out for her. I think there is an awful lot of blame put on the fact that Sadie didn't have her mother.

Maybe she was just spoiled little rich girl who got away with murder. Maybe Sadie needed a stint in rehab and a NEW therapist as the one she was seeing obviously hadn't cleared any issues up. Maybe some parental control needed to be enforced.

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Or maybe Sadie is just a narcissist for which there is no cure and you have to decide if you're going to tolerate that person or not. But Max, she was definitely an enabler. Was she insecure?

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She wasn't unattractive. I don't know when they first started being friends what the dynamic was so I can't say. I felt like Dylan was an unnecessary evil in the story. Could have totally done without that part of the story. But, I'm happy with the ending, however, just because I really didn't like Sadie, I'd love an epilogue to hear how she takes the news her mother delivers to her. She's just precious, like a piranha in pink pigtails. I do love that Amy Reed tackles tough issues in her books. If you haven't read any of her books, I suggest you try some.

I especially enjoyed Crazy. I received and e-arc from the publisher. This did not affect my review, thought or opinions of the book in any way. Aug 05, Edna rated it really liked it. Loved the crypticness of the book itself, it's relatively catered towards young adults and teens it's written beautifully and I think it's quite well thought of. I like the way it ended. Nov 20, Amy Fournier rated it it was ok Shelves: ebook , arc , edelweiss. This sounded like a great summer contemporary so I was really excited to read it. It was totally not what I was expecting at all, and not in a good way. I was bored with it, and wanted Max to stop being such a wuss and stop trying to do everything for Sadie and letting her own needs and feelings be constantly pushed back.

There wasn't really much of a story to it either. It was really supposed to be a character driven book, but with lack of connection to the characters, it made it hard to enjoy. Max is a total pushover. At first I felt a little bad for her, but as we learn more and more about her and Sadie, I had anything but sympathy for her. I actually couldn't believe that she would stay friends with someone like Sadie. It's not that she didn't have other people who wanted to be friends with her, but everything was always about Sadie.

She couldn't hang out with other people because her and Sadie had plans, blah, blah, blah. I get that she is her friend and loyal to her, but what I didn't understand was why she put up with her. I know that she has her own personal issues that she was dealing with, but I couldn't get past some things. When she finally starts to break out of her shell basically because she is forced to not be spending every second with Sadie, I really thought that she would grow as a character.

For a while she did, but then she reverted back again. Though she had a bit of growth by the end of the book, it wasn't enough for me. I felt very let down. Sadie is full of herself and thinks everything is always about her. Even though we get away from her a bit in the story, she is always the center of it. She was selfish, arrogant, and not a great friend. She would act like a good friend when Max would finally get upset with her over something, but that was all.

She literally would completely tune everything out and live in her little bubble. I couldn't stand her, and I don't know how anyone else could either. Max and Sadie never seemed like a great match to me even from the start. Right off we discover that Sadie is in charge and Max is like her little dog.

She is there only for the purpose of making Sadie happy. They are spending the summer working at the Farm Sadie's mom lives at. The mom who has never been part of her life.

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It's not just any farm though. They are self sufficient, live in trailers and yurts, have community showers or just take a swim in the lake to bathe, and seem more like a cult at times then a community living on a farm. There are some secrets and weird things that go on there too.

There was a bit of a story, but it was lost to the characters that, unfortunately, weren't well developed. Of course there is a guy involved, but I didn't really see it as a romance. It was more Max trying to rebel than anything. She does some things that she normally wouldn't do.

She's always the safe one, not the one to get crazy drink or do drugs, but she acts different around Dylan. Yes, she was attracted to Dylan, as was Sadie, but once she starts getting to know him, the less there is to like. Then when Sadie finds out, things get all weird.

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Sadie is jealous, but it's not even about Max liking Dylan. It's because now she's not the center of attention anymore. Basically this was all about Max trying to discover herself and break away from Sadie, but it was just too drawn out and kind of aggravating for me to read. It's hard to really enjoy a story when you don't like a single character. I thought at first I might grow to like Max, but I liked her worse by the end. One thing to note was the interesting format of writing though. It starts off as Max telling Sadie's story, kind of like she's telling it to her, then it goes to first person once she starts to decide that things aren't all about Sadie anymore.

Everything still is though, it's just not directed to her anymore. I wish I had liked this. If the characters hadn't been so flat to me and I had been able to connect to at least one of them, maybe I would have enjoyed it more, but as it is, I just wasn't into it. I did not receive any compensation. Jul 22, Ellen rated it it was ok Shelves: e-arc , edelweiss. In fact, Max's whole life has pretty much revolved around Sadie When she accompanies Sadie to Nebraska for a visit with her mother, who has been absent from Sadie's life for the most part, things begin to change.

First of all, they find themselves on a commune of sorts. Then they meet bad boy Dylan, who they both like. One thing leads to another, and Max soon finds out she must disco 2. One thing leads to another, and Max soon finds out she must discover who she is apart from and without Sadie. The synopsis for this book sounded pretty good and I was looking forward to reading it, but unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.

The point of view that the story was told from was a bit confusing. It was told from Max's point of view, and she would refer to herself as I, but she also referred to Sadie as you, like she was talking to her in the narration, which in turn made me feel like she was talking to me and I was Sadie. I just wasn't crazy about this. Nevertheless, this is the writing style the author chose to use for this book.

I haven't read anything else by Amy Reed, but have heard good things about her. Secondly, I just didn't like Max or Sadie too much, which is just my personal opinion of course. Max didn't impress me and Sadie was a kind of a brat. The commune itself was really just a bunch of modern day hippies, ranging from young to old. There was drugs, partying, drinking, etc. It kind of reminded me of one of those placed that winds up on the news, and not in a good way.

Then there was the love interest, Dylan, who is personified as a bad boy. Usually, I love the bad boys, but Dylan did nothing for me. He was just a jerk all the way around. Overall, I wasn't crazy about this story, but I have seen mixed reviews, some of which were positive. I can sit and tell myself I'm over you a million times a day. But when I'm standing there next to you every word just fades away. Sometimes the person you want to be with the most, is the person that you're best without.

Yes, I will go. I would rather grieve over your absence than over you. Antonio Porchia. The audience members then answer questions and fill out surveys. Yet viewers, marketing experts say, are often inarticulate and imprecise about their emotional reactions. Hamilton said. A director, he added, could find out, for example, that although audience members liked a movie over all, they did not like two or three scenes.

Or he could learn that a particular character did not inspire the intended emotional response. Emotion-sensing software, Mr.

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Hamilton said, might become part of the entertainment experience — especially as more people watch movies and programs on Internet-connected televisions, computers and portable devices. Affectiva, Dr. Affectiva, she added, has turned down companies, which she declined to name, that wanted to use its software without notifying customers. Darker Possibilities. Picard enunciates a principled stance, but one that could become problematic in other hands. The challenge arises from the prospect of the rapid spread of less-expensive yet powerful computer-vision technologies. At work or school, the technology opens the door to a computerized supervisor that is always watching.

Are you paying attention, goofing off or daydreaming? In stores and shopping malls, smart surveillance could bring behavioral tracking into the physical world. More subtle could be the effect of a person knowing that he is being watched — and how that awareness changes his thinking and actions. It could be beneficial: a person thinks twice and a crime goes uncommitted. But might it also lead to a society that is less spontaneous, less creative, less innovative?

A decade ago, he noted, no one predicted that cellphones and text messaging would lead to traffic accidents caused by distracted drivers. Often, a technology that is benign in one setting can cause harm in a different context.


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Google confronted that problem this year with its face-recognition software. In its Picasa photo-storing and sharing service, face recognition helps people find and organize pictures of family and friends. But the company took a different approach with Goggles, which lets a person snap a photograph with a smartphone, setting off an Internet search. Take a picture of a wine bottle and up come links to reviews of that vintage.

Google could have put face recognition into the Goggles application; indeed, many users have asked for it. But Google decided against it because smartphones can be used to take pictures of individuals without their knowledge, and a face match could retrieve all kinds of personal information — name, occupation, address, workplace. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google.

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