"So Over It" is a young adult Christian general fiction novel with some romance. It's the third book in the series, but I haven't read the previous books. While I could follow without confusion what was going on without reading the others, reading this one first spoils some things that happen in the first two books. Since this book was very good, I'd recommend starting with with the first book, "Me, Just Different."
The characters were complex, realistic, and likable. I cared what happened to them. Skylar dealt with realistic problems, like worries about parent's arguing, a grumpy younger sister, and forgiving friends' betrayals. Skylar didn't always make decisions I thought were good ones, but they fit her character and her age. They also carried the natural consequences, so she learned from them.
The world-building was very good (though note that this wasn't an "all-about-Hawaii" novel), and the pacing was excellent. The tension was mainly from the relationship problems rather than actual physical danger.
Skylar and some of her friends were Christians, and I felt that they were portrayed in a realistic way. Skylar's main struggle was getting rid of the "old Skylar" habits that she really doesn't want but can't seem to shake. The novel never got "preachy" since Skylar kinda figured things out by trial-and-error or by realizing she was doing the same things she condemned others for.
There was no bad language. There was no sex, though it was implied in the girls' gossip. Overall, I'd highly recommend this novel as well-written, clean reading.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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Senior year is over and Skylar Hoyt is ready to forgive and forget. Or at least forget. She wants a fresh start where people don't know about her partying past or her younger sister and her baby. A place where she won't run in to her ex-boyfriend every time she leaves the house. When she gets the chance to spend the summer in Hawaii with her grandparents, Skylar jumps at the chance to get out of town. But when her sister needs her, Skylar has to swallow her pride and come back home. Will she be strong enough to rise above the gossip and live the life God wants for her? The final book in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, So Over It shows teen readers that forgiveness is always available.