It's been two years since Sadie first laid eyes on Garrett Delaney and fell in love with him. The good news is that Sadie spends just about every waking second with Garrett but the bad news is that he's her best friend in the world. Their relationship has never gone past the friend stage of their relationship. It hasn't been for lack of trying on Sadie's part. When they're out for a late night drive she makes sure her hand is within reach in case Garret decides this is the perfect moment to declare his undying love. Mostly he declares his undying love for his girlfriend of the moment and needs Sadie's advice on what to do about his current girlfriend.
Sadie knows this will be the summer their love blossoms when they decide to go to literary camp together. When a problem comes up keeping Sadie home looking for a summer job, she can't imagine how she's going to survive the summer without Garrett. They do everything together. They love all the same books, movies and music that their classmates don't. Finding herself alone and jobless, she stumbles upon a job at the local coffeehouse where she hangs out with Garrett. At first she thinks it's will just get her through the summer while she pines for Garrett but soon she finds herself hanging out with the eccentric waitress LuAnn, who she thinks she has nothing in common with. That soon changes when Garrett calls to tell her he's found “the girl” at camp and she's the one. Sadie decides she's going on a Garrett detox and the only way she can get through this is with the help of LuAnn and old neighbor and former best friend Kayla. Kayla and Sadie haven't been friends for years and Sadie knows that Garrett's opinion of Kayla has influenced how she has treated Kayla over the years. She soon realizes how much she's missed her old friend.
Sadie soon finds out how much she's been missing by not having any girlfriends to gossip with and do things like read magazines and go shopping with. It's things that Garrett would disapprove of but Sadie realizes that she doesn't care that he would disapprove. She starts to see that who she's become in order to please Garrett is not someone she would necessarily like herself. She needs to find out who Sadie really is without Garrett. What kind of movies she likes and what kind of friendships she wants to have. There's even a cook at the coffeehouse that she finds interesting and likes who she is when she's around him.
McDonald has created a character in Sadie that most girls can relate to. They've found the boy of their dreams and know just who they have to become in order to make him fall in love with them. They don't see until it's too late that they need to be themselves. They need to stop putting the guy on a pedestal and seeing him for who they want him to be not who he really is. So often we have an image in our mind of what someone is like and no matter how close we are to that person, we don't see their faults. Luckily Sadie is able to realize this and become the person she actually likes.
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