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Crush Control

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,142 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Willow has spent most of her life as her mother’s sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she’s in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall ma ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Razorbill (first published May 21st 2011)
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Jun 28, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Two years ago I read and fell in love with Jennifer Jabeley's debut novel, LIPSTICK APOLOGY. When I was offered the chance to review her sophomore novel, CRUSH CONTROL, I of course said yes. While I did enjoy this one, I did not love it like I did LIPSTICK APOLOGY. It was still a very cute book and the perfect summer read.

Willow Grey is in love with her best friend, Max. Too bad he is dating someone else. At least he seems to show some interest in her as more than a friend. Then Willow get an id
Aug 05, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it
What would you do if you could control another person's mind?

Well, you can find out exactly what happens when Willow does just that! And it's hilarious, disastrous and a little bit of everything in between! I loved the story line for Crush Control, it could have been your typical "falling for your best friend" novel, but it wasn't. There is a lot more going on in this story. It's about Willow really coming to terms with herself. It's the strained relationship between Willow's mother and her gran
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
The beginning of CRUSH CONTROL is winning. Willow returns to her hometown after years as her mother's assistant in Vegas. She knows how to hypnotize a crowd, but not how to interact with people her own age. And she desperately wants to fit in, because her hometown contains Max, the boy she stayed in touch with and secretly crushes on. The boy she hypnotized to be her best friend forever.

Then Willow meets Quinton, who is hot, available, intelligent, and athletic. Perhaps there are other guys out
Jun 12, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
After reading Jennifer Jabaley’s smashing and bittersweet Lipstick Apology, I was eager to read more by her. Therefor when Crush Control, her second YA novel, landed in my hands, I was eager to devour it one page at a time. Thankfully Crush Control was a great second novel, because not only was the premise fresh and enticing, but the characters were relatable and fun to read about it.

Crush Control opens up just as nine-year-old Willow Grey is about to hypnotize her best friend Max to stay her be
May 01, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
Jennifer Jabaley's Crush Control sounded really promising to me. Hypnosis, teens, the boy you've been crushing on since forever... all good stuff right? Unfortunately, this book ended up being more of a drag for me.

Synopsis: Willow has spent most of her life as her mother's sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she's in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be any
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
This was a fun book. It kind of reminds me of The Locket which I loved and this simply could not live up to that book.
Dec 10, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Very funny, with a little bit of everything.
I was surprised when Willow mentioned Taylor Swift! And she even hypnotized someone to sing her songs (Mine and You Belong With Me).
Later, there was a Taylor Lautner look-alike. I couldn't stop laughing at that!
There were comparisons of One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek, Twilight, and Harry Potter. The Notebook and Pretty Little Liars were here as well!
And there was A Midsummer Night's Dream were the plot of the story revolved. Same theme and symbols.
It wa
Jun 20, 2011 Angelc rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This is what great YA fiction is all about! A cute romance, great family relationships, a story with a lot of heart, and a little supernatural twist.

Quinton was just too adorable as her hypnotized boyfriend. Never mind that she was using hypnosis to make him what she thought was her perfect boyfriend! It was too cute too see him take the smitten boyfriend to the extreme.

I liked the storyline with Willow's family a lot. It felt very real. Even though she, her mother, and her grandmother
Sep 27, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, read-in-2011
Crush Control is a really cute story with a fun twist! Willow and her mother have been in Vegas for years doing a hypnotism show. Now they are back in their small town and Willow is doing her best to adjust. It is made a little easier when her best friend Max is by her side. They have been best friends since childhood and it's nice to see a friendly face.

But things aren't exactly turning out great when she finds out Max is dating someone else. Willow doesn't know what to do to get his undivided
Aug 19, 2011 BlebeTanja rated it it was ok
A girl with unusual eyes hypnotizes some guy to make her best friend, whom she is secretly doting on, jealous and everything comes crushing down eventually.

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Kristi-The Book Faery
Jun 06, 2011 Kristi-The Book Faery rated it really liked it

Ms. Jabaley wrote an entertaining and fun YA read for all ages!

Willow Grey was ripped away from her best pal, Max when they were 9 years old but not before she 'made' him promise to always be her best friend forever!

She returns at seventeen to find that Max has filled out and is completely "CRUSH" worthy! They've kept in touch almost daily since she left but seeing him in person has reinforced the feelings that have been growing in Willow's heart, a more than best friends feeling
Feb 03, 2012 cecilia rated it liked it
crush control is the perfect example of why I try to give authors a second shot of winning me over. I may not have been wowed by lipstick apology, but crush control definitely puts Jennifer Jabaley back on my TBR radar.

{Cute story concept} crush control reminds me of something, maybe as far as unique parents go. Whereas Elizabeth Scott goes with ex-playboy bunny, Jennifer Jabaley goes with a former Las Vegas hypnotist for Willow’s mom. Bizarre as it sounds, it definitely works for t
Carolyn C.
They had lived in Worthington until Willow was 9 years old but then relocated to Vegas. Willow's mom is a professional hypnotist who had her own show in Vegas until she decided that Willow needed a more normal home life. Willow is very excited to be reunited with her grandparents and also her life-long best friend, Max. Willow has discovered that her feelings for Max have changed from that of a friend to feelings of love. Now she is hoping to find out that he is feeling the same about her. Unfo ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
Summary: When Willow was nine years old, her mother, a hypnotist, decided to move the family to Las Vegas. Willow, afraid that her best friend Max would forget her, decided to hypnotize him into being her best friend forever. Now, at age seventeen, Willow is back from Las Vegas, and she’s starting to develop more-than-just-friends feelings for Max. But will he ever see her as anything more? It seems her childhood hypnosis may have backfired…

Crush Control is a fun, somewhat ridiculous tale of hyp
Mar 19, 2015 Deeqa rated it it was amazing
Crush control by Jennifer Jabaley is a wonderful book. This book is about a girl named Willow and one of her best friends Max. They were best friends since kindergarten. Everything was normal until one day Willow's mother said they were moving to Los Vegas. Even though Willow was heartbroken to leave her best friend, she still had to. Willow's mother used to hypnosis people long before Willow was in high school but she stopped. During the summer of her junior year her mother said they would mov ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Bnbookblog rated it really liked it
This isn't a book I would have picked up normally, probably due to the lack of epic magic. I personally don't particularly care for the cover. It didn't really draw me in and wouldn't grab my attention in a bookstore. The story, however, was just a ton of fun. The plot didn't break much new ground or have all sorts of twists and turns. I had a general idea of the end within the first 15 pages, but that wasn't that much of a bad thing. The book wasn't designed as an edge of your seat thrill ride ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Gabriella rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers and those who would like be reminded of their teen year
Recommended to Gabriella by: My friend Talor
This was such an adorable little book! Crush Control is about a girl named Willow who's mom runs in hypnotism show in Vegas. When they move back to Georgia, Willow finds that her lifelong best friend, and crush, Max, has a girlfriend. In in attempt to make him jealous, she hypnotizes the cute member of the football team, Quentin, into falling madly in love with her. Needless to say, not everything turns out as she had planned. The whole hypnotism plot/idea was really interesting, I thought. The ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
Good quick read.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jun 19, 2014 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
Since reading The Lipstick Apology, I thought I give her second novel a try. I had a delightful time reading this story and enjoying the characters find love.

Plot: This is about a girl who leaves her childhood friend behind after she has to move. But before she moves, she hypnotizes him into being her friend forever. Years later, she is moving back into town and in log with him. Problem? He just wants to be friends. I really love the idea of story. Two friends staying friends over years and fall
Jul 05, 2011 Cait rated it really liked it
What do you do when you’ve hypnotized your friend into being your best friend forever, but years later realize you want more than just friendship? Why, more hypnosis, of course!

But CRUSH CONTROL is more than just a light-hearted romance with a hypnotism twist. It’s is a story about friendship, family, finding yourself and free will. It’s a story about the pressures of high expectations, and responsibilities. And, it’s a story about love.

Willow and her mom move to Las Vegas when Willow is nine to
Feb 01, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I wasn't too sure what to expect when I signed up for this book tour because I must admit, I didn't remember if I read the summary or not. So when I finally got this in the mail, I was pretty excited to read it. I have not read Lipstick Apology like many others have, so this author was new to me. I was happy to find that Crush Control was a fun and sweet story that I really couldn't get enough of.

Willow and Max have been best friends since before they were born. Willow at nine years old, hypnoti
Jun 29, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-own
Willow and Max have been best friends since birth, but that about to change when Willow's mother announces they are moving away to Las Vegas where she will take on a show as the hip hypnotist. But Willow has a plan to keep Max her BFF whether he likes it or not. In her nine year old way, and the only way she knows, Willow hypnotizes him to always be her friend forever. Fast forward 8 years, Max and Willow are still in touch and her mom decided to leave he strip to return to her quiet roots in Ge ...more
Mar 10, 2012 Nina rated it really liked it
After reading a couple reviews where bloggers gave high ratings to this book, I decided to give this one a try. And I just love the cover, it’s so fun and colourful.

Willow is a young girl who just wants to fit in and have a boyfriend. I liked Willow a lot and I could connect with her. She’s funny and I liked her voice a lot. I also loved her simple style and that she has frizzy hair. So relatable. Max and Quinton are both awesome characters as well. Max is adorable and Quinton is so sweet (I kn
2.5 /5

Ok, so my streak of luck has just run out. Not that this book is bad. It was ok. But it was very predictable to me. So much, nothing surprises me, not even the ending! I got everything right on track. Like I know exactly the effect of the hypnosis she did to her friend, Max. I know the plan to make Max jealous will backfire. And just like I said, I very know how it will end. In other words, the book has no twist whatsoever, it was too plain. Nevertheless it was nice. Some parts are funny.

Jul 07, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Moving back to Georgia, Willow just wants a fresh start. She wants to be seen as a fun a daring person especially to her best friend Max who she’s harboured a crush on for many years now. What ends up happening is a case of hypnosis gone wrong as things spiral out of control and Willow does everything she can to undo what she’s done.

A little hypnosis seems harmless at first and making Quinton into the perfect, caring, loving boyfriend to make Max jealous seems like a good idea. Quinton was very
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
I ordered this book on recommendation from Kristi The Story Siren, and it turned out to be just as great as I thought it would!

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this light, quick read. Willow is a great character and I didn't find it hard to identify with her. To me, she is indicative of so many teenage girls out there whose only desire is to fit in, or be accepted and she makes some bad decisions in her quest to do just that.

I really liked the idea of her making a transition from glitzy Las Vegas
Melissa-The Book Addict
Dec 17, 2011 Melissa-The Book Addict rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I have been dying to read this for a while and finally cleared enough time to get to it. It was totally worth the wait. I haven't read anything about hypnosis before and this was a pretty cool look at it. All Willow wants when her mom decides they should move back to there old home town is to reinvent herself, she wants to be in the spotlight instead of backstage. Willow happened to spend quite a bit of time backstage at her mothers Vegas hypnosis show. When her crazy dog sparks a meeting with t ...more
At the age of nine, Willow moved to Las vegas with her mom, a hipnotist, and leaving her childhood best friend - Max. Willow had a secret crush on Max since eight grade when Max told her that she was incredible. Now at seventeen, Willow back to her hometown and reunite with Max. Unfortunately, Max already has a girlfriend. To get Max jealous, she hypnotized Quinton - the hottest guy in football team - to fall head over heels in love with her. But when it turns out messy (Quinton started to feel ...more
Jennah Scott
Jul 14, 2011 Jennah Scott rated it liked it
When I saw the description of CRUSH CONTROL I immediately wanted to read it. Not only did I love the idea of using hypnotism, but it sounded like a happy, fun loving, beach read. Jennifer Jabaley didn't disappoint.

Willow is a great character, she's hoping now that she and her mom are back in Georgia she can start over and have the life she's been dreaming of the last few years. Don't we all! As expected nothing goes the way she wants. But Willow isn't my favorite character. I actually like her f
Feb 06, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
3.5 Stars - This was a cute, fun read, and I thought Jabaley kept me entertained with a heart-warming story. I really found myself liking pretty much all of the characters in the book.

Having said that, I also think that was kind of the problem. I mean, the book was a bit cliche and predictable, but I had expected that. What I hadn't expected was how everything worked out so perfectly and what should have been a total disaster was so easily solved. Normally when a main character makes some stupid
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