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Crushing It

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Twelve-year-old Kat woos the boy next door on behalf of her best friend, and in the process realizes that true beauty—and true confidence—comes from the inside in this hilarious M!X novel from the author of Small Medium at Large.

Kat is already so over seventh grade. It doesn’t help that her best friend and cousin, Olivia, grew a foot over the summer and won a spot on the s
Paperback, 229 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Aladdin
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Jennifer Nielsen
Joanne Levy's writing always puts a smile on my face, and CRUSHING IT is some of her best writing to date. This is the kind of book to pick up on a day when you just want something fun to read, when you want to remember what it was like during those awkward years, or when you want to smile. I can't wait to see what Levy writes next. ...more
May 27, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, technically I haven't read it since I'm still writing it, but that wasn't an option. :)

Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

Crushing It takes Cyrano de Bergerac to the middle grade set. Levy cleverly retells the tale, and it’s pretty dang cute.

In case you can’t tell from this here blog, I read a lot. One result of that is that I’ve read a whole lot of variations of Cyrano, so for me this wasn’t the most original tale, and it’s not my favorite ship set up either. That said, I’m impressed with what Levy did with it.

The tale actually lends itself much better to the middle school age than to adults imo. Setting
Jen Petro-Roy
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, ebook, arc, 2016
Super adorable. A fantastic middle grade voice.
I don't remember why I put this on hold at the library, but it was very cute and I'm glad I read it. :) ...more
Brandy Painter
This is a fun, lighthearted romantic MG read. Yes. Romantic. MG readers often want those too and this is perfect for the age range. It is a retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, which the audience isn't going to know or care about, but I think it makes sense to retell this story in the context of middle school. Any one older should know better. My one big complaint with the book was how flat a character Olivia is. She is built on stereotypes and never goes much deeper than that. I really loved the dy ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kat has a cousin and best friend, Olivia, who has gotten tall and pretty in middle school. In comparison, Kat feels like a "warthog" with her glasses and braces, so when Olivia decides she "like likes" Kat's long time friend and neighbor, Tyler, Kat agrees to help fix the two up. This is difficult, since Olivia doesn't care about any of Tyler's interests (books, video games)-- she just thinks he's cute. Kat tries to tell Olivia all of Tyler's favorites, thr
Valerie McEnroe
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kid rating: 5 stars
Adult rating: 3 stars

Cute book about first romance. Kat and her cousin, Olivia, are best friends despite having little in common. Olivia is tall, beautiful, graceful and popular. Kat is plain (so she thinks), nerdy, artistic, and smart. Tyler has been Kat's best friend forever. Over the summer he turned good-looking and Kat is suddenly seeing her longtime friend in a different way. Olivia notices too and would like nothing more than to attend the fall dance with Tyler. Like Ka
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The end of the book moved me the most, that Tyler didn't care how she looked. What really matters to him was their common interests and how they could understand each others choices.
Not many people can look past the looks(not even me). Kat is lucky to know someone who cares about the mind of people than the appearences as Tyler is.
And the process of Kat helping Olivia with her crush showed that she was brave enough to hold back her feelings for someone she really cared about. The problem of many
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canlit-pub-2017
Crushing It is a Cyrano de Bergerac inspired modern day novel about Kat who is asked by her cousin Olivia to help get Tyler to ask her to the Fall Ball. Problem is, Tyler is her next door neighbour, her best friend and has absolutely nothing in common with Olivia. The storyline is fairly predictable but entertaining in the way that Kat goes about trying to hook up her two best friends while at the same time ignoring her own feelings. Kids will enjoy the contemporary language with texts and note- ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter’s review:

So much fun to read!!!! My mom read it to me and she put a lot of feeling in it. I really recommend it for you!

My review:
After a few chapters, my daughter asks, “Mommy, what is a boy band?” I am more than happy to explain and give some examples. Also, I get to see what is passing through her head in those moments. It’s fascinating.
You see friendships on the page, you read what a crush feels like on the page, IMO it gives kiddos words and ideas to describe what they might be
I'm really confused about this book so I'm not going to give it a rating yet.

If I had to, it would probably be about 3.5 stars...
First of all, I guess I'm kind of embarrassed to have read this book, but I did actually like it a little.
It wasn't bad, but not a jewel either.
It was pretty predictable and right from the third chapter I had already kind of read it in my head - because I knew what would happen at the end.

It was a fun and very, very short read ( I read it in one sitting or maybe even
Stacey Raymond
This is a feel good juvenile story. It was a plot that has been done over and over, but it was still ok. Nothing special, but I would say I liked it. It is probably more of a 2.5, but I'll give it 3 stars. ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So cute!

Aww I loved this sweet romance, Cyrano is one of my all time favorite one stories and I'm always in the the hunt for a good retelling, this one was cute and fun. Made my day.
Christina Boulard
Such a fun little book! A great way to help kids understand that they're amazing just the way they are. ❤️ ...more
Melissa McGuire
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Im well aware this book was for a younger audience and I usually love these kind of books. But throughout the book Olivia infuriated me. I was all about her and she didn't care about anyone else. ...more
Good book for the Middle School age range.
Grace Morton
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book!
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a super cute story.
Library Lady Terri
A good introduction to the romance genre for this age level.
Sep 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's good ngl. Kat has a pick me girl's mind but didn't we all at some point lol. Hey, at least she follows the girl code and can play video games, gotta salute to that🤌Also, the ending makes me want a boyfriend but at the same time I really don't find any dude to my liking😭🤍
Anyways, my only critique would be that the storyline isn't really that interesting to the point where you need a moment to "digest" what you just read or to move on after reading the whole book.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun and funny middle-school version of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Stephanie Faris
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Crushing It, we meet a 12-year-old girl dealing with new feelings about her male neighbor. Kat and Tyler have been friends for their entire lives, yet over the summer Tyler blossomed into a hottie. Her BFF has also undergone a summertime transformation and, worst of all, her BFF now has a crush on him. The story follows the basic Cyrano de Bergerac theme, but the fact that Kat has had existing relationships with the couple she's helping makes it even more complex. Anyone who has ever felt "le ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the books in The Aladdin Mix series. They are mature reads without the worry. Look for the colorful stripes down the outer edge of the paperback. The characters are best friends unique in every way, facing the world of school, dating, and social media. This book is about Kat helping her best cousin get together with the boy she really wants to be with. These novels are perfect for reluctant readers, and will appeal to girls ages’ nine to fourteen.
Jodi Fischer
A good read for middle school aged students or upper elementary. A fair recreation of Cyrano, but lacked the same impact. Thought the turnaround at the end was a bit cheap, but again it is a middle school read.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, arc
A sweet, fun read. I loved Kat's voice and watching her sort things out for herself. ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, fun read. Passes it on to my 7th grade daughter. Clean and appropriate for her age.
Kate Blair
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming, witty and bubbling with fun. Love Levy's humour, which drives this wonderful middle-school take on Cyrano de Bergerac ...more
Jennifer Mook-Sang
'crushing it' was fun and oh-so-funny! i thoroughly enjoyed this lighthearted read that had me LOLing all over the place and holding my breath to see what happened next! ...more
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute middle school novel about Kat and her cousin Olivia. Kat's best friend is her neighbor, Tyler. Olivia decides she wants him to ask her to the school dance and enlists Kat's help by duping him. It has consequences and a good message. Good read!!! I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways for a review. ...more
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Joanne Levy’s love of books began at a very early age. Being the youngest and the only female among four children, and the daughter to voracious readers, she was often left to her own devices and could frequently be found sitting in a quiet corner with her nose in a book.

A survivor of the corporate world, Joanne now works from home, supporting other authors and creating the friends she wishes she

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