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May 01, 2018

Review: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff


Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over
Author: Shani Petroff
Publication: May 15th, 2018 by Swoon Reads


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! 

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This is rare for me, but I’m going to choose not to actually rate Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over. I know exactly how I felt about it (didn’t care for it), but I don’t think this book was for ME. 

This book doesn’t feel like young adult, or at least as we’ve come to know the genre. Despite the characters being 18, it felt more like middle grade. Definitely squeaky clean. 

To be frank, the book felt quite shallow. Sari’s boyfriend cheated on her, and she’s devastated, sure…but there was more time spent in a single line in the airport than there was spent on the incident or the immediate aftermath. It was hard to really feel sorry for Sari, or root for either of them, because their relationship had so little development.

I also didn’t appreciate the way Fitz’s character didn’t really exist on his own…he was only there to serve a certain purpose for Sari, and that was a bit annoying.

I will say it was quirky and I can see the appeal this author’s books would offer to a certain demographic. Which is why I won’t rate it. For me, it would be about a 2 star, but I’m not sure that’s fair because, as I said, I’m just not the intended audience for this one. 

If you’re in the market for quick and clean YA, this one may tickle your fancy.

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