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Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie
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Feb 09, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, best-beloved, reviewed-here

One thing about Crusie's novels: there's always something going on beneath the surface.

You might think this is just a story about a girl having to chose between two men. Her rock-solid live-in boyfriend, thoughtfulness incarnated, and boring as boiled eggs on the one side, and on the other, somebody she's always had a crush on. He was once married to her sister for a few disasterous weeks. The sister has moved on and is happily settled, but Quin still can't get past Nick. Who is something of a kinda-bad boy. He's a mechanic, a little rough around the edges, and one of her very best friends.

One day the live-in boyfriend does something that pushes Quin over the edge, and she moves out. Thus begins the I-want-you-back dance, while all Quin's attention is on Nick.

Taken like this, at face value, you'd probably laugh a lot reading this. But in fact this is a story about the mundane nature of spousal/partner abuse. How silly it seems when it starts (he's really crazy about you, just let him back in the house to talk), to stalking and worse. Quinn buys a house, and the ex loses what's left of his marbles. And the police don't believe her. Oh, no. Not the coach. He's such a Good Coach. He just Loves you So Much.

So the first time you read this, you'll laugh. If you read it again for the deeper story, you might well cry.

And also, there is some fantastic dialog in this novel. Some of the things Nick says to Quinn -- in one particular scene on the high school stage after everybody else has gone home -- gave me goosebumps.
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