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So Over It: The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt #3

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So Over It: The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt #3

“A year ago, I’d committed to reinventing myself. To becoming a new Skylar. For a little while, I felt like I’d taken off, like I was doing better, only to crash and burn during the spring. Maybe this was what it’d take to become a new me, a different me. Maybe I could do it if I could start over someplace where no one knew a thing about me.”

And so the saga continues as Skylar heads off to Hawaii with her family to visit her grandparents. Her intention is to stay for the summer and possibly longer. But as with everything else in Skylar’s life, things don’t exactly go according to her supposedly well-thought-out plan.

When Skylar first arrives at her grandparents’ bungalo, she has a lot on her mind. What made her stop going to church and slip back into partying? Why did she break up with Connor if she still loves him? Why are she and Jodi seemingly on the outs for good? Can any of this be resolved, or is it time to reinvent herself for real? While Skylar does give a new life in Hawaii a fair shot, especially when Stephanie Morrill throws in a cute next-door neighbor into the mix, the series wouldn’t be complete --- and the ending too simplistic --- without Skylar confronting her demons in person. So when the Hoyts return home to Kansas City, their eldest daughter is in tow.

As soon as Skylar steps foot onto her home turf, all the peace she found in Hawaii is put quite literally to the test. Connor is back on the scene with a vengeance and won’t take no for an answer. Jodi has bowed out of her obsession to recapture Connor’s heart in order to rekindle her friendship with Skylar. Abbie has been getting the hang of being a mother, and Skylar’s parents are making a concerted effort to go to counseling in order to save their crumbling marriage. While all of it seems like progress, Skylar is still not sure how shefeels about any of it. Could it be too good to be true?

In a whirlwind conclusion that ties up a lot of loose ends --- including what really happened with Aaron Robinson at Jodi’s party --- SO OVER IT comes to a close with a resounding (but well worth it) sigh of contentment. While Skylar’s life isn’t exactly mapped out in front of her, she’s at least back on track to becoming the woman she longs to be. And Morrill seems to have matured throughout the trilogy as well. Unlike in the previous two books, her writing doesn’t fall prey to some of its earlier pitfalls --- the repetitive need to catch readers up on what happened in ME, JUST DIFFERENT at the opening of OUT WITH THE IN CROWD, Skylar’s obsessive and circular self-criticism in both books that bordered on self-indulgent. Instead, Morrill instills each scene with a freshness and vivacity that leaves readers feeling invested and satisfied.

So where does that leave Skylar? “Reinvention hurt, but at least it was a satisfying kind of pain.”  If her will to evolve and do what’s right is any indication, she’ll be just fine.

Reviewed by Alexis Burling on July 1, 2010

So Over It: The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt #3
by Stephanie Morrill

  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Revell
  • ISBN-10: 0800733916
  • ISBN-13: 9780800733919