Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over is Shani Petroff’s third novel with Swoon Reads. While Romeo & What’s Her Name was a cute read, I absolutely adored My New Crush Gave To Me, which was why I was so excited to pick up Shani’s next book.
Sari Silver is ready for the best spring break ever with her boyfriend in Florida. That all changes, though, when she catches Zev kissing his ex-girlfriend the night before they are supposed to leave. Now all Sari wants to do is ignore him and try to channel her heartbreak into her songwriting. Everything starts to look like it’s going to turn around for Sari after she meets the cute college guy Fitz and then when she gets the surprise call that she can preform at a popular club. Now all Sari wants to do is get home before a huge storm hits the east coast so she can maker her performance.
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over is a fun, fast-paced read. The novel is on the younger side of YA, and I would say it leans closer to being like Romeo & What’s Her Name. The story is pretty straightforward in that there was a huge misunderstanding between Sari and Zev, but it kept growing due to Zev not giving Sari the space she needed and Sari not letting Zev explain his side of the story. It was hard to root for them as a couple because we don’t really see a whole lot of who Zev is or what they’re relationship really looks like—really it’s just him trying to make things right but being constantly being shut down by Sari.
While the romance didn’t really sweep me away, the side characters stole the show. Even though Sari’s best friend and parents were back home while she was going through the worst day imaginable, they were constantly in communication with her. Her mom was texting her (and Zev much to her dismay) to make sure she was safe and to find out what was going on. Honestly, even though her parents are technically “absent” in the story, this probably was one of the most “present” mothers I’ve read in awhile. Sari’s best friend Trina was fiercely loyal to her friend and I appreciated everything she did for her. Fitz and his friend Dylan were two side characters, who I wish we were able to see more of.
What made this novel fun was everything Sari had to go through to get home. Honestly, it would be a nightmare to be in her shoes (literally she’s in heels the entire novel), but it was definitely interesting watching everything go wrong and I was definitely curious about what would happen next.
Overall, Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over would be a great beach read this summer as it’s quick and fun!
*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.*