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The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  602 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
In a new comedy from the best-selling author of CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN, two popular girls vie to out-green each other to snare a boy.

Fashion-crazy Sicilee is a poster child for over-consumption. Her archrival, Maya, wears arty vintage clothes but hasn't a clue what's in the food she eats. So when drop-dead gorgeous new student Cody Lightfoot sets out to sprea
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Candlewick Press (first published December 7th 2010)
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first of all, what the heck. why is the rating so low? 3.18, hmmm. I think it deserves way better. and I would've thought this had more recognition, too. this is way better than other overrated popular chick-lit YA. give this a try guys? :)

second, we're all mad when it's comes to love. its relatable. way relatable. wow. aren't I deep person. I'm about as deep as a puddle. yes. I've had my share of crazy dealings (it's called infatuation. don't worry, it didn't get me anywhere.)

third, this was
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: green-books
At first glance, the cover of this book might fool you into taking it lightly. Then again, the more I look at it, the more I see some of the symbolism and the connections to the book's theme of empowerment and becoming environmentally conscious. To tell the truth, I ended up liking this one more than I had expected to. The premise behind the story is that three girls, all quite different, have a crush on the new boy at their high school in Clifton Springs. While two of them, Maya and Sicilee, ha ...more
Aneeqa (ReadMatic.Book.Blog)
The Crazy Things Girls Do For Love....
Come to think of it is actually true... This happens to everyone, every girl. I'll be honest with you even me. I do it all the time. Trying to be someone we are not just to get some guy-we think we are totally in love with- to notice us and to prove how much we are destined to be together!!!

Three different girls from very different clicks strive their way to get this one gorgeous new boy in school. The most popular and the most coolest girl in school, Sicile
Luke Reynolds
Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I've been wanting to read this book for a while, mostly because I was really surprised by Dyan Sheldon's 2013 (2015 in the US) novel The Truth About My Success. Unlike Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, which had a first person narrator and the lowest stakes made way too high by said narrator, TTAMS had an omniscient third person narrator that allowed us to peep into multiple heads and pull together an absolutely hilarious and wry take on The Prince and the Pa
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Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it

Thanks to Netgalley and Candlewick Press for sending me this ebook to review!

The Crazy Things Girls Do For Love by Dyan Sheldon is a light, easy read, which is also sharp, funny, and witty! It shouldn't take you more than two days to finish it, because as I said, it is very light. (But unfortunately I've been so overwhelmed by uni work, so it took me 6 days.) If you're looking for something hilarious and enjoyable and easy to read, this book is for you!

The story st
Ms. Yingling
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Sicilee, Maya and Waneeda all have their own distinct personality quirks, but when new boy Cody Lightfoot comes to town, they are all so smitten that they join an environmental group run by the geeky Clemens in order to get near Cody. Sicilee is the poster child for overconsumption (he wants her parents to enlarge her walk in closet because it's not big enough for all of her clothes) and thinks that vegan is show for vegetarian. Maya is a little more environmentally inclined, but still more inte ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it
When new student Cody Lightfoot shows up at school the girls are all a twitter. He's the hottest thing to grace the school's hallways and they all want a chance to be with him. When it turns out Cody is an environmentalist and joins the "loser" Environmental Club, the girls join with him and begin trying to out-green and out-vegan each other in the hopes of winning his heart.

The author, Dyan Sheldon, wrote this book in the present tense, which really puts the author right in the action. I though
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like the way it ended, but it was sort of stupid.
Darryl Brent
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sheldon is one of the great satirists of our age and this book is no exception. It takes a look at what happens when eco-awareness comes to three very different high school girls who all have a crush on the new boy. Her takes on human nature are often laugh-out-loud funny. I particularly appreciated taking forever to shop because the girl has to check the ingredient list on every product. By the end of the story you can appreciate some aspect of every character and it has a great ending.
The mess
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Really cheesy and difficult you get into at first, but it eventually sucked me in. Plus, I love the going green message at the end. And the part about just because he's cute doesn't mean he's all that great.
Nola Byrum
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen
One of the most boring books I have ever read. Could barely get through it. Nobody read it. It is a waste of time, trust me.
Appropriate for 12+ but nobody should read it
Najwa Warraich
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was just a great book to read. It was easy and educational at the same time. I loved all the characters and the development that they went through. 4.5/5 stars.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-young-adult
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Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
If I had to describe THE CRAZY THINGS GIRLS DO FOR LOVE in just one word, I can't help but choose CUTE as my primary definer. I mean, really, it was just SO cute! And, okay, fun and adorable too.

Basically, this is the story of three girls from three different cliques who all go nuts over the same guy. Sicilee is the popular fashionista, Maya is the quirky artsy gal, and Waneeda is pretty much the social outcast. When attractive, charismatic Cody moves to town, all three girls instantly think he'
Katie Fitzgerald
Sicilee Kewe is popular, shallow, and self-centered. Maya Baraberra is hip, social-conscious, and Sicilee's biggest rival. Waneeda Huddlesfield is lazy, bored, and sluggish. These three girls all attend Clifton Springs High School, but they have nothing in common except that each of them wouldn't be caught dead joining the Environmental Club. And who can blame them? The president of the club is Clemens Reis, who is known for his weird impassioned speeches about saving some centuries-old trees, a ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I remember reading Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (after watching the movie) in the fifth or sixth grade, and I absolutely loved it. I was so excited when my request on NetGalley was approved for this book, and then started reading it around a month ago. I loved it! It was quirky, cute, and one of my "fluffy" type books– the kind I can read any day, in any mood.

Sicilee, Maya and (even though she's not mentioned in the blurb, whi
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary

This is a terrible cover. There's nothing good about it. The only reason I bought it was because it was on the 3 for $10 shelf. It got lucky.

Initial Thoughts

I thought this was going to be a cutesy romance book about a bunch of teenagers. That's what the summary made me believe and that's what the cover looked like. I didn't like the characters at the start because they're all really annoying and they're all trying to impress the new guy. The book took and unexpected turn though.

My New BFF
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
What do you call a guilt-trip that makes you feel inspired, not guilty?

No, really, do you have any ideas? Because I'm struggling a bit with how to classify this book. Less preachy than Fat Cat, but still clearly and definitely on-point about its green (sorry, Green) theme all the way. Yet it isn't... unpleasant about it.

First, do not expect to get sucked in anywhere near the first half of the book. I was putting off studying for a final, which is honestly the only reason I didn't put this down
Kayli Hansen
Oct 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: eng-420

This was absolutely one of the worst books I have ever read. I expected a sappy teen romance with plenty of catty fight scenes between the three girls, but did not expect the climax to be all of them realizing how much they hated the object of their affections while simultaneously hugging a tree. This book was simply a poorly concealed attempt to convert teenage girls to environmentalism and the vegan lifestyle. The storyline follows Waneeda, Sicily, and Maya, three very different girls w
This is a light read about the lengths to which several high school girls Maya, Sicilee, and Waneeda) will go to attract the attention of a new classmate who is cool and good looking (Cody). When Cody decides that the Environmental Club is his ticket to instant popularity, the almost defunct club finds itself reenergized with many new members and a few new ideas. In their efforts to impress Cody, these girls find themselves putting real effort into learning about environmental issues, and even b ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012, ya
When new cute boy Cody arrives at school and joins the loser Environmental Club, girls at Clifton Springs High suddenly become more eco-conscious. Sicilee brings the movers and shakers with her while Maya wonders how to join the club without alienating the cool crowd. And then there is Waneeda, a social outcast who'd rather stay in the background. I appreciate the environmental story line and did laugh at some of the capers the girls came up with to draw attention to themselves; hormones are cer ...more
Noelia Barbero
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Hay libros que deben ser leídos sólo en su idioma original, para entender mejor los chistes, las frases, e incluso, los pensamientos. Crazy Things Girls Do For Love es un de ellos. Aunque me costó engancharme, es una muy divertida historia de lo que tres chicas muy diferentes hacen para conseguir la atención del chico que les gusta. Tengo que admitir, compré el libro porque me sentí identificada con el título. Creo que cada persona que esta o estuvo enamorada va a sentirse identificada por lo me ...more
Danielle Mudd
I usually am not a judger of books but as I started reading this book, I began to not like it more and more because its not the kind of book that I take to very well because I don't find that kind of story line like able. I mean come on having a story line about girls going crazy over a boy that's obnoxious coming from a girl. I'm not feminist but I just rather read books that have a great story to them and make you think long and hard about what you have just read once you're done. Books that m ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-work
Very funny book! The fact that there was no central character took a little getting used to but it worked. I was very environmentally minded as a teenager and now having read this I realize how different it is being an environmental minded teen today than it was 15 years ago. Back then it was required to go vegan to be green. Dyan Sheldon does a great job writing teen characters and this book is another example of that. I listened to this book on audio and found myself laughing in my car at nume ...more
Sarah Szymanski
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: middle school girls
This book started out terribly. I think it should have taken place in a middle school, because the girls did not act anything like a typical high school girl would act, in my opinion anyway.
I didn't like how the girls completely changed themselves for one boy (save Waneeda, I suppose she wasn't as bad). In the end, I started to admire them a bit more, especially Sicilee, who I hated in the beginning, for what they were doing, but in general, I didn't like the book two much, aside from the last f
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. As well as having a great plot and being very realistic it taught me a lot about global warming and being green. I have definitely thought more about what I'm doing as a consumer. I think this book is a great read for teens like me to make us more aware, doing this through a fictional book is great because you don't lose interest and it encourages you to learn more about the origins of our products in a lighthearted way. A f ...more
I loved the premise, and the plot of this YA chick lit book was well-handled but oh! that dialogue full of cliches - it was enough to choke a horse ;-) Teens just wouldn't speak like that and I get that the author maybe was trying to lighten things up -maybe concerned about coming across preachy about "going green" but there were sooo many cliches it was distracting including the very outdated exclamations (eg."Sweet Mother of Mary!" and "Gott in Himmel") Still if you can overlook that, a light, ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought it was just all about this really cheesy girl/s that is so in love that she stopped wearing makeup etc. It was not.

*SPOILER ALERT* It was more about the environment and the passion of three girls to outstand each other on the environment - with actually acting like a vegetarian- to impress this verycharismatic guy. Their aim, however - without realizing it - eventually began to be genuine.

And yes, none of them got the guy.

And yes, one of them begun to fall in love with her bestfri
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Sep 19, 2011 marked it as dnf
Shelves: own
Sadly I only made it through 80 pages of this book. The writing style was making me crazy, there was nothing happening and two of the main characters were so vapid and annoying I just couldn't put myself through any more torture. I'm not one to give up on a book as you can tell look at my reading record. Good or bad I usually finish but I just could't with this one. The fact that it took me two days to read 80 pages spoke volumes to me.maybe one day I'll go back, but not likely. Onward and upwar ...more
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Dyan Sheldon is the author of many novels for young adult readers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN, which was made into a major motion picture. American by birth, she lives in North London.
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“Sicilee and Maya are both convinced that once they catch Cody Lightfoot’s attention they are as good as on their first date with him, if not actually engaged.” 0 likes
“Any other boy would be flattered. Pleased with himself. Any other boy would go straight to the seat she’d saved for him every day, not just when there’s nowhere else to sit. Any other boy would lean close to compare notes. Borrow a pen. Compliment her. Tease her to find out if she has a steady boyfriend. Beg her for a date.” 0 likes
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