Author: Stephanie Morrill
My synopsis: Skylar has made it through her last year in high school. She had started out with such high hopes in changing herself, but by the end of the year was slipping back into the old Skylar's skin. Connor had disappointed her by playing the hero to Jodi's damsel in distress, so even though she loved him, she broke up with him. Eli saw this as his open door and made a play for her whenever the opportunity arose. He had had feelings for Skylar for awhile, and even though she knew it was wrong, whenever she had a run-in with Connor, she ended up having a drink or too and hooking up with Eli. She always felt bad about making out with him, and kept trying to tell herself that it was okay. She was headed to Hawaii to stay with her grandparents for the summer and figured she could start over on her reinvention while she was there.
Hawaii didn't prove to be the oasis that she thought it would be. Her Grammy immediately started matchmaking with Justin, the boy next door, and Skylar found herself using him to try and forget Connor. After just a few days he called her on it and told her he wasn't into summer flings and didn't like being used if she was truly going to go home after 2 months. Turns out she realized that she couldn't run from her problems and returned home with her family after only 2 weeks.
The crux of all the problems and changes in her life had started in Book 1 when Eli rescued her from a possible date rape situation. She had not gotten over it and had also not shared it with anyone except for Eli, Connor and her sister Abby. As it continues to color her relationship with her other friends, she wonders if she will ever be able to move forward.
Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
My thoughts: This was book 3 of the series (read my reviews Book 1 - Me, Just Different and Book 2 - Out With the In Crowd). As Skylar reconnected a little with her mom in this book, it made me look at my own relationship with my teenage daughter, and what she might be needing to hear from me these days. She is living with her grandmother in Iowa as she just graduated in May. It brought tears to my eyes and I will be making a phone call to her later tonight. Besides all that though, this book did a nice job of showing how it isn't always peaches and cream when you become a Christian. It dealt with repairing relationships with family, friends and even with yourself. This would be a great series for any girl in high school and maybe even in junior high.
~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for my review.~
So Over It
Publisher/Publication Date: Baker, July 1, 2010