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Crush by Ellen Conford
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GENRE: Fiction, romance. Serving Young Teens and 'Tweens (2007) sorted this fictional book under "Books Exploring Sexuality and Relationships."

SUMMARY: Crush consists of ten stories about a number of girls from Cutter's Forge High, the boys they like, and the boys that like them. The narrators of the stories vary, though the characters are all connected. So, while Amy Porter has her own tale to tell, she also plays a small role in one or two other stories. The main concern for most of the girls is the upcoming Valentine's Day dance, the Sweetheart Stomp. In one section, a number of girls send (mostly) anonymous Valentine's Day cards to a shy, clumsy boy named Robert, in an effort to give him a boost of self-confidence. The idea backfires, for Robert turns into a swaggering, arrogant jerk who assumes that every girl around now likes him. The book culminates at the night of the dance, where new romances have begun, and old ones have grown stronger.

EVALUATION: Though fluffy, it touches upon issues that many teenaged girls contend with, in the same language that they would use.

WHY I WOULD INCLUDE IT: Deals with romance in a tempered, light-hearted manner. Tween girls especially should enjoy it.

READER'S ANNOTATION: The Sweetheart Stomp dance is coming up at Cutter's Forge High, and many girls are wondering who will ask them, or dreaming about their big night with their boyfriend.

ITEMS WITH SIMILAR APPEAL:
• My Heartbeart by Garret Freymann-Weyr.
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