[REVIEW] ‘Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over’ By: Shani Petroff

Official Synopsis:

A bad storm, two canceled flights, trapped with the guy who broke her heart…Shani Petroff delivers laugh out loud comedy and unforgettable disasters in this highly relatable comedy of errors about a teen stuck in an airport with her cheating ex.Flight delayed. Send help. Not him.

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!

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, author Shani Petroff looks at both heartbreak and forgiveness in her latest YA comedy of errors, Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Can I just start this review off by talking about how much I love the cover of this book? It’s absolutely gorgeous. And definitely the one that I voted for 😉 It’s super colorful, and just sums up the book perfectly. ALSO, it’s both matte AND glossy soooo….it definitely has my heart.

I’ve been waiting for this book for what feels like forever. As you can see from the synopsis above, it’s right up my alley. Being a musician myself, I could really relate to Sari’s character. I loved how confident she was, and how after Zev cheats on her, she realizes that she deserves so much better than that and makes sure that he knows it. Her relationship with her best friend, Trina, was super sweet, and I would’ve loved to see more scenes between the two of them.

I thought that there was going to be more time spent on her Spring Break in Florida, but it felt kind of glossed over. Which, I guess makes sense, since the plot of the book is mainly focused around Sari being at the airport. But I still would’ve liked to see a few more scenes of her and Fitz becoming more friends than acquaintances. I never really shipped them as a couple, since he’s so much older than her. Okay, not like super old, but still. She’s on the last leg of her senior year of high school and he’s a college junior, so it’s not that big of an age difference, but it still would’ve felt like it was. (Shani, if you’re reading this, I’m totally here for a book all about Fitz finding love in college….just saying…)

Zev was a super sweet character, aside from the whole cheating thing. Which is a big deal, don’t get me wrong. Huge deal. It did take me awhile to come around to him though, because of the whole cheating thing. Maybe having a short scene at the start of the book to show Sari and Zev’s relationship pre-cheating would’ve helped to establish them more as a couple, instead of just having Sari think back at some of their cute moments. That way, I would’ve been even angrier at Zev a chapter or so later.

Sari changing Zev’s name in her phone to ‘Voldemort’ was epic. Totally relatable, and I was mentally applauding her for that one.

Overall, this was a cute and quick read, since I read it all in the same day. Perfect for anyone who has ever dealt with airlines–which is actually something I’ve never done, since I’ve never been on a plane, but it doesn’t really serve as a glowing review and advertisement for any airlines. 🙂 And if you’re on the fence about buying it, just remember that it’ll look awesome on your bookshelf while it patiently awaits its turn to be read.

Have you ever had an airport horror story like Sari? Let me know in the comments below!

Connect with the author! You can follow Shani on Twitter @shanipetroff and Instagram at @shani.petroff.




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