Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Overby Published 15 May 2018
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A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart... what could go wrong?
After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can't get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari's. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!
When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!
"Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over" Reviews
Swoon Reads has done it again....this book had me laughing out loud in several parts and cringing with discomfort in some parts. Sari is the character that I didn't know I needed and the whole concept of trying to get home, no matter how it is done, continues to entertain me.
Zev is just as adorable as Sari, and I love how he continues to make sure that Sari knows she is a priority to him, no matter how she treats him.
Thanks Swoon for the ARC!
This is the third book I have read by Shani Petroff, and I love her writing! She dashes in the right amount of humor in such cute stories! I loved Zev!!! Now let me get to Sari, Sari, Sari... I just love saying her name because it's awesome, anyway, there was numerous times I wanted to smack some sense into her. However, I loved that she felt real and how a teen would act in her situation! I kept thinking about this story after I reached the last page!!
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*HUGE thanks to Swoon Reads/Macmillan for the early review copy in exchange for my honest opinion
RTC on Lair Of Books (Link is in the bio) this was such a cute fun read with beautiful supportive parents & friendships 😄
UPDATE: FULL REVIEW MAY ALSO BE VIEWED ON LAIR OF BOOKS
I’d like to preface this review by stating that I am a sucker for stories set in airports…it’s my #1 setting of preference for cute rom-coms & so naturally, seeing a book with airport in the title meant I was going to have to read said book,No Regrets here! this was exactly what was pitched, a fun fast easy read that got quite a few giggles out of me along the way. Our MC Sari does catch her boyfriend Zev kissing his ex girlfriend at a house party. Sari doesn’t stick around for explanations, she’s ghost in nano seconds and decides to keep her vacation plans. Plans she had with Zev to go visit her grandmother in Florida. This is the perfect way to get away from the hurt & pain of Zev’s betrayal and also a chance to prepare for her upcoming performance at one of the hottest clubs. Sari is a signer/composer who travels with her guitar Ruby in hopes of one day being a break out star & this seems attainable when she gets the call to perform at a club known to be the the home of many famous singers. Focused on nailing her performance, Sari tries her hardest not to think of Zev. The only problem is Zev refuses to let her throw in the towel before he can explain. We see Zev follow Sari to Florida & later get stuck together at the airport due to inclement weather.
Strangely enough, I found myself enjoying all of the characters in this book. From the MC and her determined ex to her parents, grandmother, and BFF there really wasn’t a shortage of awesome people in Sari’s life. Although I do wish they were more fleshed out, I was happy to see how much of a positive support system Sari had at home. Her best friend never seemed judgmental and seemed genuinely concerned for Sari, dropping everything at a moments notice to talk some sense into Sari. The Parentals were actually visible in this book, yeah they seemed like the typical parents who obsesses over the safety of their children but I found this made them all the more realistic. They also reminded me of my parents who at one point formed a tight bond with an ex of mine, so much so that they’d bypass calling me as a whole which also happens to Sari. Along the way Sari also meets Fitz & Dylan, two college guys who are super chill and left me wondering if after they parted ways, would ever meet up with Sari again once she’s in college. Sari herself had me feeling like she couldn’t catch a break. No matter where she turned, she couldn’t escape the guy who up until recently only had eyes for her. Zev on the other hand is the guy you don’t want to believe capable of cheating. They’re the picture perfect fairytale high school sweethearts who may just have to accept a different future where they aren’t meant to be together…
Did I think things could’ve been handled better with some communication? YES. However, I also felt Sari’s reaction & coping mechanisms were pretty accurate for someone her age who is basically with her High School sweetheart. I found it so hard hard to dislike Zev, the guy is pretty charming in a nerdy way that makes you shake your head while mouthing “how could you”? although I do wish we’d had more time with these characters, I really enjoyed my time with this book. Sari’s efforts to put distance between her & Zev in an airport proved to be challenging & offered up some comedic relief. The text messages between Sari’s mother & Zev had me wanting to call her mom & beg her to STOP! haha! This is one of those books I’d love to see adapted as a Rom-Com on the big screen if only for another chance to see all of these characters together again. If you’re looking for a cute, fun, fast read about trust & taking a risk on love then this is one you’ll want to give a go <3
This was 216 pages of miscommunication and frustration. No, really. That is basically the plot.
After Sari catches her boyfriend cheating, it deals with her back and forth emotions of hurt, pain, and acceptance. I get that, and that's what I would expect from the situation. However, these emotions are really the only thing that is focused on in this story.
There's a weird side plot about her musical career that honestly didn't add much to the story. I think it was meant to make her a little more dimensional and to fill some gaps in the story, but I honestly couldn't have cared less about it.
There are 2 side characters that are introduced that felt like the same people but cloned. It was hard to tell their personalities apart. All the men kind of felt the same to me and had this weird "bro" vibe that just didn't feel natural, not even "bros" are that bro-ish.
I also didn't think this was the best portrayal of a relationship. Sari reminisces on maybeee 3 good parts in their relationship, but it wasn't enough to counteract the way he was acting. He didn't give her personal space, refused to respect her boundaries, and was incredibly pushy. He also was a pretty lame excuse maker. For young readers, I felt nervous that they would think this kind of behavior is acceptable in relationships.
The plot was fairly forgettable and I don't see myself really remembering much about this in the future. It seemed like it was written in a rush and felt immature at times.
This was always going to be a risky book for me to read because it mentions cheating. Cheating is a big no-no for me. I've dealt with it enough in reality that I try to avoid it in fiction. Despite this, I was drawn to this book, though. Admittedly, what I expected was nothing like it turned out. I thought everything would happen on the trip home, as in some big, bad cheating would happen during the holiday. But actually, it all happens before, and it's a kiss. Sari decides to still go on her trip, as does Zev, so the airport reunion on the way home does fit the blurb. I also thought the Airport Guy would play a bigger role in things. But ultimately, this was a story about Sari figuring things out for herself.
For the most part, I liked Sari. She liked to have fun, but she wasn't irresponsible about it. She was also so sure about what she wanted to do in life (I'm jealous), and she was prepared to work for it, not giving up even when venues said no, and applying specifically to a music school. For all her zest, she did bug the hell out of me. But not (always) in a bad way. Yes, I wanted to shake her. I think she should have handled things differently, and she was so stubborn. (If only she just listened.) But at the same time, that seemed both appropriate for her as a character, and for her as a teen. She was also hella confident; I would not have been able to handle the airport situations as well as she did. I'm not even sure if I could keep my cool like that now.
Because of said cheating and my personal feelings about it, I did struggle at first with Zev. I couldn't reconcile what he did in that one moment with how he was the rest of the time. If I were Sari, I would 100% react badly, I won't lie. I know from experience. Not in the same way that she did, but then I was living with said cheater at the time, so it wasn't so easy to get away. If anything, even despite my frustrations, I must admit to admiring her. She was confident and secure enough in herself that she immediately cut Zev out. Maybe a bit too quickly, but hey, it's better than letting a cheater walk all over you, right?
Anyway, back to Zev. He was really sweet and clearly very cute, definitely my kind of guy: tall, nerdy, dark hair, hazel eyes. Swoon. Aside from this one thing, he seemed perfect. I didn't know how he could make things better, though. It was almost like a challenge: I dared the author to convince me that Zev and Sari were meant to be together. By the end, I wasn't 100% onboard, but it definitely made me think.
"Who said I was pretending?"
His eyes bore into mine. "I did. Because I know you still love me as much as I love you. That doesn't go away just because you want it to."
I wanted him to be wrong.
"Love isn't everything," I said.
He shook his head, his eyes still on mine. "Yes, it is."
Special mention should go to two people. First was Sari's mom, who was very mom-like. Man, that woman could worry, but in a very loving way. The incessant texts – including to Zev – plus the guilt-tripping were so relatable. The weather obsession was a nice little touch. The second person who stood out was Sari's best friend, Talia, who was sassy and loyal and ready to back Sari up no matter what she decided. And as a romance reader, I loved this little exchange:
"You read too much smut," I told her.
"You call it smut, I call it a how-to guide," she said.
Somehow, despite my hesistance, I did end up enjoying this book. It was quick, a little dramatic, but also a strong, confident teen main character setting her mark on the world while dealing with a very relatable problem.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.