Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over
by Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 15, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
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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!My rating:
If I ask my eighteen-year-old self and put my own shoes on Sari, I would also feel terrible and cheated. But the rational part of me would kick in to do a gut check before setting the score and make myself swallow in pity or be miserable for a potential breakup.
I understood that Sari was hurt but if only she had listened, plain and simple, everything would turn out differently. She, herself said that she trusts Zev but she instantly jumps into conclusion that he was cheating when she chose that exact moment to find him from a pool of partying teenagers and caught him kissing someone. Worst was, it was Bethanne, Zev’s ex-girlfriend
I felt the same frustrations Zev had. No matter how he explains to Sari that he loves her, she was too stubborn without giving him the benefit of the doubt. Even when Zev did everything — chasing the mad storm on her and trying to prove himself, she was too caught up with her emotions that it’s so hard to reason with her.
In the first place, if Zev really cheated and didn’t care for Sari at all, he won’t follow her down to Florida just to apologize, right? Gaaaaahhh! See my own frustration there?
There were enough swoon-worthy and cheesy moments for me to like this book but for the most part, Sari confuses me because her reactions are exaggerated and insensitive to Zev’s feelings. When she met Fitz, there’s this one moment I wish they could have ended together instead but I’ll give Zev credit and an A++ for the effort wouldn’t still be enough. I know you could tell by now how much I rooted for him but man, if only you have read the story, you will totally understand.
I love how patient Zev was and even if the story was written on Sari’s POV, I could feel so much of him. Same goes with the supporting characters that added fun to Sari’s drama, like Trina who gave her all-out support and always there ready for FaceTime when she needed someone to talk to. I also love the concern on Sari’s mom, sending her a million texts just to know how she was and in the end, her wisdom was what Sari needed to finally realized what she’s missing.
Special mention to Fitz and Dylan for being a good friend to Sari who gave her and Zev a ride to NYC even if they didn’t really know each other that well. After the awkwardness they had of knowing that Sari and Zev were a couple, being inside the same car in the middle of a storm, I found them cool and hoped that there’s something more for them in the story.
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over is a fun, fast-paced story about trust and relationship in a setting where disaster happen, flight got delayed there and then or people tangled and caught in a string of unfortunate events. I could say that the chaotic experience Sari and Zev in the airport was identical to the emotional mayhem their relationship had.
Thank you to NetGalley, MacMillian Children’s Publishing Group – Swoon Reads, Xpresso Book Tours and Shani Petroff for providing me an eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review!
About The Author:
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the “Destined” series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet.
She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.
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