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The authors of the bestselling novel The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, bring you the story of a girl who gets her heart broken…and figures out a foolproof way to get over her ex.
Over You’s Max Scott had a hard time getting over Hugo, the boy who dumped her. Now it’s Max’s mission to help NYC girls get over their broken hearts fast, and with dignity. Now Max’s life is better than she ever imagined it could be. Her new business, Ex, Inc., is booming. Better still, her friendship with Ben, a truly sweet guy, could turn romantic. But when Hugo reenters the picture, Max realizes that she isn’t over him. At all.

Funny, touching, and romantic, Over You is the kind of book every girl will fall head over heels for.

Curriculet Details
46 Questions
45 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 9th-10th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining characterization, contemporary allusions, and irony. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about point of view and static vs dynamic characters. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of love and romance, heartbreak, and discovering self-worth. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Claudel and Rodin shared a passionate personal and professional relationship from the early 1880s to the late 1890s, during which they inspired and influenced each other’s artwork. Fifty-eight sculptures by Rodin and sixty-two by Claudel illustrate the exceptional dialogue between the sculptors over the years and how their love was a source of inspiration for both. Perhaps this photograph of Claudel is the photograph that Max finds so intriguing.  (This annotation contains an image)
The artwork that Max admires in the museum and the stories from mythology and Shakespeare that they make her think of achieve what purpose?  
A Limoges box is a small hinged porcelain trinket box produced near the city of Limoges, France that is collected worldwide and made of a specialized porcelain. Valerian is a perennial flowering plant and its root has sedative and anti-anxiety effects. It can also be classified as a drug, since its consumption produces a sedative or medicinal effect. (This annotation contains an image)
Which literary technique is employed in this section?  

Chapter 2

What is the purpose of Ex, Inc.?  
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (colloquially The Met), located in New York City, is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is, by area, one of the world's largest art galleries. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 3

Compare the image of Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip to the main character, Max. 
Charles Schultz, an American cartoonist, is best known for his comic strip Peanuts. Use this image to answer the next questions. (This annotation contains an image)
Which two literary devices are employed in this section?  
Informal language, also called colloquial diction, is used by the authors to create the voice of a teenager. Words like "boyz" and "hotties" and the phrase "And we out" exemplify the characters' teenage dialects.  

Chapter 4

Watch this video on point of view in order to answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is the point of view of the overall book (first person, third person omniscient, or third person limited) and what significant point of view shift occurs between Chapter 3 and Chapter 4?  
With the beginning of this paragraph, the point of view shifts again. This time from Taylor back to Max. Be on the lookout for point of view shifts throughout the book. They can happen in the middle of a chapter, as seen here.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of these answers is a metaphorical euphemism for "forcibly benched"? Remember that a euphemism is a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for another word considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. 

Chapter 5

It is ironic that even though Max makes a living by helping other girls get over their exes, Max does not entirely seem to be over hers. Watch this video for a quick lesson on situational irony.  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the description of Hugo's family, which word best describes them? 
Also known as 4 Times Square, the Conde Nast building has been the backdrop of many television shows, productions, and commercials seen around the world. This publicity is thanks, in part, to the massive LED video board sign just at its base. The 120-foot-tall, 90-foot-wide screen most often displays advertisements for the NASDAQ stock market, but is also used for advertising other products, and for publicity stunts. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Max compare the Teen Vogue closet to a "siren song calling her"? To what famous work of literature is this allusion a reference? 
Ready-to-wear or prêt-à-porter, often abbreviated RTW, ("off-the-rack" or "off-the-peg" in casual use) is the term for factory-made clothing, sold in finished condition, in standardized sizes, as distinct from made to measure or bespoke clothing tailored to a particular person's frame. 
Based on their interaction and dialogue, Ben is fulfilling which type of character role in the story?  
Quiz 1 

Chapter 6

If you hadn't already figured it out from Max and Ben's prior conversation at the store, Taylor is his friend who is recently enjoying being single and to whom Ben is serving as wing-man.  
What is the effect of the structure of the last 6 sentences of the chapter?  

Chapter 7

Stern is NYU's School of Business. A regatta is a series of boat races. The term typically describes racing events of rowed or sailed water craft; a regatta often includes social and promotional activities which surround the racing event. Regattas may be hosted by a yacht club, sailing association, town or school and are often associated with wealthy social circles. 
Which of the following best explains how Max is using the idea of boxing to communicate an important idea about Bridget's life? 
The Meatpacking District is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. This picture is of Soho House, a 4-star hotel in the Meatpacking District, and Max's destination for the night. Not exactly a realistic destination for your average NYC teen...  (This annotation contains an image)
What does this paragraph teach you about irony? Keep in mind the conversation that Max and Bridget just had about Halloween costumes. 
What is the real reason Max came to the library?  
Is it possible that Taylor may be looking for Bridget at all these parties, wondering if he might "bump into her"? The box of his belongings that Bridget returned to him seemed to get to him so it may be the reason for his party-hopping. Or maybe he's just trying to distract himself?  

Chapter 8

Watch this trailer of the movie adaptation of this book to answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a video)
Now that we are about halfway through the book, does the trailer do Max justice in your opinion? What do you think of the casting choice for her role?  
Max's response is an example of which type of irony? 
Hugo's picture is featured on Page Six. What does that tell us about his status in New York City?  
Page Six is the popular gossip column of the New York Post. Manhattan's most popular socialites and celebrities are featured in articles like this picture of Page Six.  (This annotation contains an image)
Millions of high school student apply to college each year. About a quarter of high school seniors apply to seven or more colleges. Counselors often recommend a range between six and eight colleges to keep a narrow, focused list. 
Why is Max's wardrobe so large?  

Chapter 9

Hannah Teter is an American snowboarder. She is an Olympic champion, having won the gold medal in halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy and silver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is NOT a recent failure of Ex, Inc.? 
This book is about love and getting over painful breakups. Read this poem by A.E. Houseman about heartache to answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a link)
How does Houseman's poem and its message about heartache reflect the book's theme of love and heartbreak?  
How is Max feeling about her parents' focus on the new baby?  
Max and Ben have just recently met each other, but they seem to find it easy to talk to one another and say things that they find difficult, if not impossible, to say to others.  

Chapter 10

This may be a fictional club or it may be short for the Cabin Down Below on East Seventh Street. The Cabin Down Below is described as a secret subterranean hangout that draws celebrities (and those who know how to get into its doubly secret doors) with its cool speakeasy vibe. Though it starts out as a chill lounge to have simple drinks and good conversation, as the night progresses it turns into a packed party spot. (This annotation contains an image)
Considering all the extravagant, expensive and elite clubs Max and her teenage friends frequent, fill in the blank with the most appropriate word in this quote from a literary critic. "Over You is an appealing yet wildly _____ vision of teenage NYC life." 
Olive tapenade can be served as an hors d'oeuvre, in a small bowl, surrounded with tiny toasted bread slices or crackers. Its dark color is the perfect food to make a huge messy stain on Taylor's shirt.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is the best explanation for dirtying Taylor's shirt? 
Watch this short video on static and dynamic characters to answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a video)
Do you think Bridget is an example of a static or dynamic character? Cite evidence from the video to explain your answer. 

Chapter 11

The authors of Over You were interviewed by Teen Vogue. Using this link, read their answer to the third question ("Can you describe the protagonist, Max Scott? What's she like?") to answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a link)
The beginning of Chapter Eleven illustrates which point that the authors want to make with this book?  
Moaning Myrtle is an allusion from the Harry Potter series. Myrtle was a Muggle-born witch who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1940–1943. She was killed in 1943 by Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk, under Lord Voldemort's orders. Now, she is a ghost who haunts the first-floor girls' bathroom (and occasionally other bathroom facilities) at Hogwarts, crying and moaning. (This annotation contains an image)
Which two characters have switched roles? One went from being a strong, independent female to a heartbroken mess while the other experienced the opposite transformation. 
Max comparing her relationship with Hugo to crack illustrates that she was addicted to him and everything about him.  
How does the simile in this sentence help to convey how Max is feeling at the time?  
Quiz #2 

Chapter 12

This is an interesting analogy - comparing boys to bananas. Max says it's so obvious which fruit are good and which are rotten, but it's impossible to tell the same thing about boys before it's too late sometimes. 
What is the correct completion of Bridget's sentence? 
Any chance these highlighted sentences might serve as foreshadowing for Max and Hugo? Do you think Max would ever get back together with Hugo at this point?  (This annotation contains an image)
Missoni is an Italian fashion house based in Varese, and known for its colorful knitwear designs. The company was founded by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in 1953. Some of their Spring 2012 fashions are pictured here.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which two literary devices are used in this selection? 
If your opinion, how successful was Bridget's Moment? Explain your answer using evidence from the text.  
Point of view shifts have occurred a few times in this chapter, including right here, where the focus switches from Ben and his overly-forward new girl to Max and Zach riding up to the Teen Vogue closet.  
Max's strategic planning of her Moment is an example of which central idea in the text? 
Use this link to read Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton's poem "I Do Not Love Thee" to answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a link)
Compare and contrast the message in Norton's poem to Ex, Inc.'s goals and to Max's breakup with Hugo.  

Chapter 13

Uh-oh. Taylor is going to try to get Bridget back. Do you think she will take Ex, Inc.'s advice and stay away, or will she succumb and get back together with Taylor?  
Who is serving as inspiration to Ben as he stands on Max's porch? 
What does Max want to tell Ben? 
The Scarlet Pimpernel is a play and adventure novel by Emma Orczy set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The title character, Sir Percy Blakeney, a wealthy English fop who transforms into a formidable swordsman and a quick-thinking escape artist, represents the original "hero with a secret identity."  (This annotation contains an image)
It appears as though Taylor isn't as genuine about his desire to get back together with Bridget as he claims to be. He's checking out another girl AS he is waiting for Bridget, the supposed love of his life, to appear.  
What does Bridget assume Taylor is doing?  
In her review of Over You, Voya Magazine's critic Ellen Frank stated, "The novel will ring true for the NYC Upper East side teen female who was dumped by a guy; for everyone else, it would be comic relief of NYC angst, proof of most stereotypes of shallow airheads populating our private schools." Use her criticism to answer the next question.  
Explain whether or not you agree with Frank's opinion. Is the book universally relatable or not? Why? 
Which of the following structure techniques is utilized in this chapter to create excitement and suspense? 

Chapter 14

Apparently Max does not practice what she preaches to her clients, specifically Bridget. Max told Bridget to never get back into any kind of relationship with Taylor, which makes Max's current situation extremely ironic.  
Which of the following is NOT a clue that Max just made a huge mistake?  
The Waldorf Astoria New York is a luxury hotel in New York City. It has been housed in two historic landmark buildings in New York. The first, designed by architect Henry J. Hardenbergh, was on the Fifth Avenue site of the Empire State Building. Peacock Alley is a restaurant inside the hotel, pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
The dialogue and the details given about Hugo's mother characterize her as which of the following?   
What effect does "the snow falling between them" have on this scene between Max and Hugo?  
Without weeks of planning and strategizing, Max just had her "Moment" with Hugo. She didn't need DJ turn tables or special oil to stop paralyze her sense of smell; all she needed was the self-confidence to realize that she doesn't need to be with him.  

Chapter 15

Max staking out Bergdorf's Men's trying to find Zach is an example of which central idea?  
Students who also fall into the gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgendered identity groups report being five times as more likely to miss school because they feel unsafe after being bullied due to their sexual orientation. In fact, about 9 out of 10 LGBT teens have reported being bullied at school within the past year because of their sexual orientation. Go to this anti-bullying website to answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a link)
What is one thing that you can do as a teen if you or someone you know is being bullied?  
Which of the following words best describes Max's tone in her conversation with Taylor?  
Animal sacrifice is common in both the Old Testament of the Bible and in Greek mythology. The nature of a sacrificial ritual could vary somewhat, but the most basic sacrifice was that of an animal - usually a steer, pig, or goat (with the choice depending partially upon cost and scale, but even more upon what animals were most favored by which god). (This annotation contains an image)
Zach provides a little comic relief in a tense moment. He is, of course, referring to the proverbial "closet" as in the phrase "coming out of the closet."  
Listen to Taylor Swift's song "We Are Never Getting Back Together" and pay close attention to the lyrics to answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a video)
Explain how Taylor Swift's song helps to illustrate Max's relationship with Hugo. 

Chapter 16

The red dress that Max originally wanted for her Moment with Hugo is now her outfit of choice for a different type of moment with Ben.  
What is Max's goal in ordering the changing table?  
Why do you think Ben changed his mind about going to Kenyon for college? 
Now that the baby is actually here, Max is happy about having a little sister to protect and love.  
Quiz #3