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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,580 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Because of a moment of indiscretion, Hope's parents send her to New York to spend the summer with her hipster sister while they travel to Thailand. Miserable, Hope ends up meeting Nat, and developing a powerful crush. The only problem is that Nat is a girl. Hope is pretty sure she isn't gay. Or is she? Struggling with new feelings, fitting in and a strange city far from ho ...more
Hardcover, 106 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 06, 2009 Nancy rated it it was amazing
A perfect new tale for all New Yorkers! Believe me, you know have to be a book-nerd to find your way through this New York traveling map. Simply step on Carrie Mac’s Crush and track the footsteps Hope left behind when living her life one step at a time—with some go straight ahead, and some turning and some merry-go-around.
Not knowing whether it’s lucky or unfortunate, Hope was sent to New York by her parents while they set off to Thailand—her duration for the summer break. It was time for her to
Walter Underwood
Apr 03, 2011 Walter Underwood rated it it was ok
Recommended to Walter by:
Wow, this was short. I borrowed it on a recommendation from the Paly library blog, but it only lasted 45 minutes of my hour and a quarter urgent care wait. Then we were in the exam room for another hour. Sigh.

Hope goes to Brooklyn, meets a girl and kisses her. She has fallen into a job as a nanny for well-off lesbians with twins and her parents are quirky but open-minded hippies, so the only drama is her own shock at wanting to kiss a girl. It pretty much stops after a kiss and a trip to Coney I
NK Layne
Disclaimer: At the time of writing this reflection the book has no rating. I will give it a rating later on in the year to keep my Goodreads recommendations somewhat accurate however I'm not a big into rating books on a five star system nor am I big into rating books as soon as you finish them. I believe it needs some time to digest before you decide whether you even like the book you were reading. Sometimes what you take from the book is more important than the process of getting that informati ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romance, novel
In one my classes someone gave a presentation on YA books for reluctant readers. She highly recommended the Orca Soundings series because they're short books about things teens are interested in, and are also well-written. After reading Crush by Carrie Mac (which I read in less than an hour), I have to agree.

Hope is the 17-year-old daughter of hippie parents sent to live with her bitter cokehead sister in Brooklyn over the summer while her parents celebrate their 30th anniversary by building a s
Kristine Hansen
Jul 03, 2012 Kristine Hansen rated it liked it
Still looking for that Hi-Lo book that I can really love. So far not finding it.

This one has strong writing and good characterization. BUT it doesn't have a lot of positive messages. The drug use of the sister might be condemned, but the pot use of her parents really seems to make that ok. Do I even have to get into the wine drinking at 17?

Also - and don't flame me or call me a homophobe on this because I don't care that the story was a girl-girl romance - ANYTIME you have someone who is a minor
Laura Spicer
Jun 12, 2014 Laura Spicer rated it really liked it
I read the book " Crush" by Carrie Mac. It was a surprising, and changed the perspective of what you would think could happened. This book was about a girl named Hope and her parents are going away for two months and is sending her off to her sisters in New York. She has never been away from her parents for more then a few nights. During this novel, Hope goes through a lot of different emotions and changes. And she also met a girl named Nat,who took a main part of this book. If you want to find ...more
Short review for a short book:

Some very nice setup here (a character who actually likes her parents, who has an interesting background, etc.) although by the end it felt just like that—setup. There's not really space in this slim little volume to get deep into Hope's budding relationship, or her family, or much of anything else.

That being said...the books in this line, Orca Soundings, are 'short high-interest novels written expressly for teens reading below grade level', and it seems to have hit
Melody Wolfe
Nov 24, 2014 Melody Wolfe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
This is one of the book that carried me through high school when I was exploring my sexuality. It's honest and really, really sweet. I'm happy to see a lesbian romance that focuses much more on the positive than on the usual drama-drama-sad-angst. It's a wonderful read.
Apr 08, 2008 AnnaBnana rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction, glbtq
This is a hi-lo book and that's important to keep in mind. I didn't hate it, but I did feel like the story moved too slowly and then really quickly. It took a long time to get to the meat of the plot and then the wrap-up felt really rushed.
Sep 27, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I didn't realize this book was about lesbians when I started reading it but there is nothin graphic in it and only took me a couple hours to read.
Katie Pierce
Dec 14, 2016 Katie Pierce rated it liked it
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Misty Lynn
Nov 11, 2016 Misty Lynn rated it it was amazing
....that's it!?

Oh my god. I loved this book. I wish there was more to it. The ending was so abrupt (cute, but too fast). I wanted it to keep going! It kept me interested through the entire (SHORT) book. More, more! I want more.
Giselle Carreon
Sep 25, 2013 Giselle Carreon rated it it was amazing
Crush by Carrie Mac

The name of my book is Crush and I randomly chose this book , but as soon as I began reading it , it caught my attention . Ms. Carrie Mac wrote it, she's not only an award winning author, but also an artist. She's written so many books like Crush , for example: Jacked , Charmed, and Pain. The main characters in this book are Hope, Nat, and Joy. Hope is a quiet young girl who loves kids and comes from a hippie family. As well as her sister Joy , but Joy isn't hippie at all. Sh
Jan 04, 2012 Courtney rated it it was ok
Fresh off the commune, Hope ventures to Brooklyn and is forced to spend the summer with her shallow, and seemingly evil cocaine-addicted sister while her hippie parents travel to Thailand to build a school. On the plane, she strikes up a rapport with Maira, a mother of twins who invites Hope to visit her in NYC as a thank you for Hope's help wrangling the little ones. When Hope seeks solace at Maira's pad from her crazy sister, she is apparently shocked (although it is never clearly explained wh ...more
Alexis Fountain
Sep 16, 2016 Alexis Fountain rated it really liked it
When I first started this I didn't think it was possible to put a whole story into 106 pages. Let me just say I am thoroughly impressed. I loved how there wasn't any nonsense and it really did tell a full story. I really liked this one a lot I just wish there was more!
Feb 14, 2017 Emery rated it did not like it
:/ So rushed and unsatisfying
Mar 08, 2016 Chris rated it it was ok
I liked that it was short and sweet, but it did have a few things I wasn't really fond of. I chose to read this book because I want to read more stories with gay or lesbian protagonists.

This book is a pretty fast and easy read but I almost feel like it went by way too fast. There aren't enough details of what's going on in the story and I couldn't really envision the city. There's also the big question about the ending. What's going to happen once the summer is over? Is Hope going to go back h
Tess Martinez
Sep 16, 2016 Tess Martinez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian, ya-fic
Very short, very sweet
Apr 23, 2009 Nicole rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: aspiring young lesbians
Shelves: ya, lgbt-etc
First order of business: the size of the book. Is it a novella? Why the gigantic font? Did Mac have a good seed story and was encouraged to add details in order to force a novel?

Second order of business: love the alternative family lifestyle. Living in a commune and holding Universe Circles are most excellent things. But it begs the question, is lesbianism acceptable only in extreme hippie families? What does this say to those girls living in 2.5 children picket fences families who think they mi
Mae Jamisola
Dec 01, 2015 Mae Jamisola rated it it was amazing
I have first read this book when I was in grade seven, if I can recall correctly, and I have read it at least 5 more times after that. It is safe to say that this book is my favorite because I don't normally re-read books. This was my very first LGBT themed book, and it was a great feeling to see a good representation of girls who likes girls. I think my favorite part of the story was when Hope and Nat first met because it was playful and easy, and it was also the time when Hope was taken by sur ...more
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I had several problems with this book but it did have some redeeming qualities. My main problem was with character development, especially Hope’s. She went from being completely straight and slightly uncomfortable around a lesbian couple at the beginning of the book to being in a relationship with another girl by the end of the book (all in just over 100 pages). I know it is a high/low book meant for struggling readers, so the pacing is very fast but without a little more c
This book's perfect for anyone who is on the search fro something light. Something where you gave only to switch off and enjoy. A nice story about getting to know yourself and discovering new depths.

Because of her parents going to Thailand to celebrate their anniversary and build there a school Hope has to spend the whole summer in NYC with her big sister. However, there's a but and a major one. Joy is not exactly an exemplary sister and Hope can't stand her. So after certain circumstances she e
Mar 19, 2014 Taylor rated it it was amazing
This is such a good little read. I believe that this book is written for teen girls. If you're just looking for a cute book to take up an hour, this is the book for you. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it was fun, easy to read, and interesting. I felt that this book made me open my eyes to gay relationships and the courage it takes for some people to come out. I feel that Mac really knew what she was talking about in the book and she had a personal connection to at least one of t ...more
This was a cute and fast read, and the writing was also cute and fast and such, but I had problems. The main one was that at time I couldn't tell if what was being said was the character was just dealing with her mild internalised homophobia or if the character/author thought the things being said were okay, and if things were done on purpose to show the character trying to deal with these new feelings or not. It uses slurs like 'dyke' and it's pretty biphobic at times as well, I also couldn't t ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Robyn rated it liked it
Ok so I have to admit that before reading this I thought the cover was a guy and girl, so once Nat came in the picture I re-visited the cover and realized what I would be reading. Even after finding this out I thought this was a good book and an easy read for a Hi/Lo book. Hope's character shows passion, strength, and insecurities all together. Her parents way of living maybe don't match my idea of the best life for a child, but at the same time they had such a great bond with each other. I'm no ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Jaylee rated it really liked it
On the one hand, this book is a quick read. It's fun. It's cute. It's sweet. It's a nice little escape for an hour or two for a queer girl who wants a little lady/lady romance without much drama or sadness.

On the other hand, it's clearly an "issue book." There are no surprises here. It's about a girl questioning her sexuality, and that's it. And the characters use the word "queer" a lot, which didn't feel right to me? I didn't learn the word as anything other than an insult until I was already i
Alli Peck
Feb 13, 2009 Alli Peck rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
The book crush is based on a girl named hope who goes to stay with her sister for the summer. Her parents have gone to thialand to celebrate there thirtyth aniversary and build a Larchberry school. Through out the book it tells you about some struggles hope faces while staying with her sister and being away from her parents. I thought the book was interesting and am not sure if i like the book or not. There was a lot of unexpected events that occured which kept you interested but a little wierde ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Cara rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This high interest, low reading level book by Carrie Mac focused on the coming out experience of 17 year old Hope who travels to New York for the summer to stay with her sister. Her hippie upbringing in a west coast commune has allowed her the freedom to try many things, but she has never questioned her sexuality until she comes to New York and meets Nat. The plot is rather thin and the characters are 2-dimensional. Even though the reading level must be low, I still think there needs to be a lev ...more
I wish I had known it was a hi-lo book before I ordered it. I saw a review on another website that said it was a really good book, but they didn't mention how short it was. I was disappointed by the lack of detail, and most of the character interactions and dialogue were hard to believe. Mostly it just seemed far too rushed, and I kept picking out parts in my mind that could have led to other interesting scenes that just didn't end up going anywhere. The only things I really liked about the book ...more
Harley Kruger
Jul 02, 2015 Harley Kruger rated it it was ok
This book had such a great platform. The foundation and idea of the story line had be hooked from the beginning, but I was then built up to be crushed. Maybe I never quite read up about the book enough so I may be alone in my opinion and my surprise, however, this book is a short story. I read the sample on the ebook and then bought it cause I wanted to finish it just to have it all abruptly end as if the author may have gotten tired of writing it so just rushed to finish it in the next few page ...more
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When Carrie Mac was born, her right eye gawked off in one direction while her left eye looked the other way. Well meaning adults thought she was a changeling and so they wrapped her up and put her on the porch for the fairies to take back, please and thank you.
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