Spoiler Free Review: Airports, Exes, And Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff


Title: Airports, Exes, And Other Things I’m Over

Author: Shani Petroff

Pub. Date: May 15th, 2018

Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance

Publisher: Swoon Reads/Macmillan

Pages: 224

Format: Physical ARC from the Publisher

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*HUGE thanks to Swoon Reads/Macmillan and Shani Petroff for the early review copy in exchange for my honest opinion

   

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A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart… what could go wrong?

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!

I’d like to preface this review by stating that I am a sucker for stories set in airports…it’s my #1 setting of preference for cute rom-coms & so naturally, seeing a book with airport in the title meant I was going to have to read said book 🤗 No Regrets here! this was exactly what was pitched, a fun fast easy read that got quite a few giggles out of me along the way. Our MC Sari does catch her boyfriend Zev kissing his ex girlfriend at a house party. Sari doesn’t stick around for explanations, she’s ghost in nano seconds and decides to keep her vacation plans. Plans she had with Zev to go visit her grandmother in Florida. This is the perfect way to get away from the hurt & pain of Zev’s betrayal and also a chance to prepare for her upcoming performance at one of the hottest clubs. Sari is a signer/composer who travels with her guitar Ruby in hopes of one day being a break out star & this seems attainable when she gets the call to perform at a club known to be the the home of many famous singers. Focused on nailing her performance, Sari tries her hardest not to think of Zev. The only problem is Zev refuses to let her throw in the towel before he can explain. We see Zev follow Sari to Florida & later get stuck together at the airport due to inclement weather.

* Photos from Pinterest, not my own

Strangely enough, I found myself enjoying all of the characters in this book. From the MC and her determined ex to her parents, grandmother, and BFF there really wasn’t a shortage of awesome people in Sari’s life. Although I do wish they were more fleshed out, I was happy to see how much of a positive support system Sari had at home. Her best friend never seemed judgmental and seemed genuinely concerned for Sari, dropping everything at a moments notice to talk some sense into Sari. The Parentals were actually visible in this book, yeah they seemed like the typical parents who obsesses over the safety of their children but I found this made them all the more realistic. They also reminded me of my parents who at one point formed a tight bond with an ex of mine, so much so that they’d bypass calling me as a whole which also happens to Sari. Along the way Sari also meets Fitz & Dylan, two college guys who are super chill and left me wondering if after they parted ways, would ever meet up with Sari again once she’s in college. Sari herself had me feeling like she couldn’t catch a break. No matter where she turned, she couldn’t escape the guy who up until recently only  had eyes for her. Zev on the other hand is the guy you don’t want to believe capable of cheating. They’re the picture perfect fairytale high school sweethearts who may just have to accept a different future where they aren’t meant to be together…

Did I think things could’ve been handled better with some communication? YES. However, I also felt Sari’s reaction & coping mechanisms were pretty accurate for someone her age who is basically with her High School sweetheart. I found it so hard hard to dislike Zev, the guy is pretty charming in a nerdy way that makes you shake your head while mouthing “how could you”? although I do wish we’d had more time with these characters, I really enjoyed my time with this book. Sari’s efforts to put distance between her & Zev in an airport proved to be challenging & offered up some comedic relief. The text messages between Sari’s mother & Zev had me wanting to call her mom & beg her to STOP! haha! This is one of those books I’d love to see adapted as a Rom-Com on the big screen if only for another chance to see all of these characters together again. If you’re looking for a cute, fun, fast read about trust & taking a risk on love then this is one you’ll want to give a go 💜


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21 thoughts on “Spoiler Free Review: Airports, Exes, And Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff”

  1. Wonderful review, Lilly! I feel like we have the same opinion on that one – I read and really enjoyed it, it was a sweet rom-com for sure – and the first one I’m reading set in an airport, actually? Do you have recommendations???
    ANYWAY haha, I really enjoyed the story overall, even if I felt like the characters could have been a bit more fleshed out, too 🙂
    Wonderful review 🙂

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    1. Thank you Marie! ❤ ❤ ❤ It really was a sweet read & this is the 1st book I've read set in an airport, my love for this string came from watching too many rom-com movies. BEST one of all: Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks first sees Meg Ryan!!! gahhhhh! my heart smh haha! 🙂

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  2. Omg Lilly, this book sounds so adorable and sounds like the perfect break I need from fantasy recently haha! I love love love your pics; totally sets the mood. I’m also a sucker for airport rom coms 😍! Thanks for the lovely review, Lilly! ❤️❤️

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  3. Great review for this book Lilly. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a book set in an airport before, I guess it certainly makes for an interesting setting when you’re trapped with an ex you can’t get away from right? 🙂 I love the sounds of all the characters and the fact that they have such an incredible relationship with Sari (yay for supportive female friendships! :D). I also like the sound of the relationship between Sari’s parents and her ex, not in the case that I support it in that it seems like it plays an interesting part in the story and Sari’s development you know?
    Again great review for this one! 🙂 ❤

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  4. Ooooow, this sounds cute and a great summer read. This seems like it has a lot of exceptional relationships, especially parent relationships, which I constantly look forward too. This was a great review, Lilly, I’ll definitely put it on my tbr. I hope you have a wonderful weekend 💋

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  5. I saw this one somewhere! Maybe B&N maybe amazon and I was like it sounds SO CUTE! I’ll definitely need to read it now! Great review and I love the photos you included. I love finding out kind of the key words that make people immediately want to read something and I can totally see why airport would be one!

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