07 December 2011

Book Review: I Know It’s Over

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Book Details

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 202 KB
Print Length: 274 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375845674
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 23, 2008)

Book Summary

PURE. UNPLANNED. PERFECT. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then, weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant. Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over.

Book Review

I Know It’s Over, a story told from a boy’s point of view is quite refreshing for a change – good thing Nick has a voice that I could tolerate inside my brain.

I have never met a more sensitive, in love, angry, frustrated and confused protagonist as Nick. His summer was supposed to be PURE, UNPLANNED, PERFECT. Until the ex-girlfriend shows up in his front doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant.

I Know It’s Over deals honestly and threaded carefully in the reality of the problems of today’s teens: sex, divorce, teen pregnancy, sexuality, relationships, drugs and abortion. I like how C.K. Kelly Martin described Sasha and Nick’s first time – it wasn’t sugar coated with pleasure and nice feelings, instead it was awkward and uncomfortable for the both of them. It made them feel weird and uneasy after.

Sasha’s decision was a surprise – I don’t think it was the right one but the author rationalized it perfectly that you’d see the point she was making. She was selfish, in a way. But it was her life, she is going to live with the decision she will make for the rest of her life. It was a reality slap that a baby – although a blessing, it is also a responsibility. A responsibility that will by faced by two sixteen years old who are currently in school. Can they do it? Are they both of them ready to become good parents?

While other boys at the prime of their teens would run the opposite direction, Nick, stood firm in his ground and expressed his willingness to be a part of the pregnancy. This is one thing I admire most about him. I loved the way he love Sasha, it was raw, real, and intense but not to the point of obsession. He still wants her back, but somehow he was trying to grasp the fact that nothing is going to be the same again and that he needs to move on with life as well. He was a kind friend, being there for Nathan who was as confused as he is for a very different reason. There was Jillian, who was as problematic as him and wanted a distraction. She was a great listener for someone who is desperate to share his emotions.

I Know It’s Over’s ending was pretty amazing – it made my heart ache. It wasn’t the expected happily ever after – but you will forgive C.K. Kelly Martin because it was beautifully written that it’ll touch you. 

Favorite Quotes

“How many times can a person break your heart?” 

“Love does strange things to you sometimes. It can twist you into saying and doing things that you know you’ll regret and still, you do them.” 

“I wanted to tell his dad that Nathan was fine the way he was and that he was the one that needed to change. It made me glad to have my parents. If I told my dad I was gay, he'd probably just look scared and hand over more safe sex money."

Things never go wrong at the moment you expect them to. When you're completely relaxed, oblivious to any potential dangers, that's when bad things happen.


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