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Crazy For You

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  17,073 ratings  ·  608 reviews
Quinn McKenzie has always lived what she calls a "beige" life. She's dating the world's nicest guy, she has a good job as a high school art teacher, she's surrounded by family and friends who rely on her, and she's bored to the point of insanity. But when Quinn decides to change her life by adopting a stray dog over everyone's objections, everything begins to spiral out of ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 11th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published March 1st 1999)
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Nope nopity nope! This one just did not make me crazy for it!

When reading the blurb (which incidentally I never do and did it for this first time here), I thought it was interesting. Also after having heard about Jennifer Crusie and her books from a friend, I thought I should simply go ahead and read this one, especially as it was loved by a good friend of mine. However, despite the book starting off well, it was all downhill after that, without any point of redemption!

So let's get on with what
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is like a well worn jumper that you pull on to keep you warm as the early winter chill starts to bite. I love it. I have it sitting permanently in my bedside cupboard, ready to drag out if I need a little pick me up. Its premise is simple but smart. Quinn, thirty-six, leaves her boyfriend, Bill and starts to lead a new, more spontaneous life which includes among other things, a (very) hot affair with Nick, her used to be brother-in-law now best friend. The only problem is that Bill sti ...more
Tiffany PSquared
**Audiobook Review**

This one is so difficult for me to review! It did, in fact, make me a little crazy while listening to it. I've read/listened to a lot of Crusie lately, and I don't think that this is one that will stick in my mind for any time - at least I hope not.

What I liked:
-Scant little. But let's be clear, I did not HATE this book. It was Crusie's usual humor and pacing. If you like her stuff, then don't skip this one on my account.
-The love story was there, the awkward circumstanc
What the ---- was that? The blurb and the cover may be the most misleading ever.! Reading this book is like going to watch and ending up with . It's the Rachel Dolezal of books, it identifies with Rom-Com.

Quinn has been living with Bill the Dudley Do-Right, Viking looking, successful football coach. She finds a dog she wants to keep, he say no. She moves out. Nick (her ex BIL, best friend and secret crush) helps her. From here on out it continues in the cutesy light-hearted contemporary rom-com
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This story was . . . problematic. Nick was too much of a loner jerkwad to be attractive as love interest and Quinn a bit too stubbornly stupid to be sympathetic as main character. The secondary characters elevated the story somewhat as they were more sympathetic and attractive than either Nick or Quinn—saving this from two-star territory, but only just.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A yikes of a contemporary romance. The gender politics of this book made my head spin Linda Blair in Exorcist style. The fact that the comedic tone of the writing turned stalking into an almost joke didn't help. It's just... wow. ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, jennifer-crusie
This was one of Crusie shorter books, and honestly it was funny but it was also really disturbing at the same time. Quinn is the main character and she is tired of being the sister who is always calm and collected and nice to everyone. She always ignores what she really wants because she thinks people need to see her as being the responsible one in her family. When she decides to adopt a dog from the pound and takes it back home her live in boyfriend Bill tells her she can't have the dog. Quinn ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trashy-romance
1.5 stars

I usually affiliate Crusie with silly yet fun contemporary trashy romance novels, where I quite like the characters and like reading what they go through before the usual conclusion. While this one started off like one, it quickly devolved into something that wasn't really fun to read.

Everyone's angry and short-tempered, which is annoying in itself, but then there's the ladies of the books (with the exception of Edie) whom are just so unreasonable and rather high maintenance. I felt sor
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What a fun and crazy, twisted book. I'm sure Quinn wasn't expecting all the craziness when she decided that she needed a change in her life because her current one wasn't working out. What I can see is how a good person can't see things until a little dog opens doors but also the people around you make you believe that you have the best life when they don't really see what's going on. I enjoyed this crazy book. ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Kind of nice. Ok. I couldn't get into the characters that much.

It was about a school teacher, Quinn, her family and friends. It was about relationships that weren't going well, some were breaking up. Some got back together later. Nothing really excited me. Even after seeing her end up with Nick, which was a happy ending, I felt as if too many details were missing. The story wasn't as fulfilling as I would have liked.

Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: three. Setting current day, sm
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this JC book to be very chaotic, but still I liked it. There's a lot going on with different characters that come full circle. Typical JC. Complicated, funny, romantic, sexy and quirky....all that I love about her :) ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
It feels like an outdated brand of feminism: women want more than their relationship/marriage and become unhinged; men are portrayed as clueless because they are content. All of this is somehow ok because it is not as bad as having a psycho stalker.
The story of Quinn, a woman fed up with the bland life she'd been living, who decides it's time for some changes.

It starts with a dog that she rescues and wants to keep, which leads to her breaking up with her boyfriend who'd been railroading over her while she let him, and the changes have a ripple effect on her closest friends and family.

Free from the constraints she'd put on herself for years, she realizes she has the hots for Nick, her best friend who was married to her sister once upon a ti
Diane Peterson
I am a huge Jennifer Cruise fan. I love her humor and her characters. I love that certain elements are usually present -- dog(s), a cute older house, heroine often a teacher. Crazy for You was a good book that had all of these elements. The heroine, Quinn McKenzie, was a high school art teacher that was involved with the coach. Adopting an abandoned dog causes Quinn to reevaluate her life and split up with Bill, the coach. Thus began a series of events that were funny, poignant, and disturbing. ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great way to spend a six hour drive home from Ottawa. This started out fluffy and funny and ended up in some dark places. But being Jennifer Crusie it had a happy ending. Sadly for a lot of women with stalkers that isn’t the case.
Rosina Lippi
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 k
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been a while since I read this book, and I couldn't really remember why. I bought it in the first place for the same reason I look at other chick lit books - there's a dog in it. Other than that, there's no other reason to like it until you read it. It certainly wouldn't pass the Bechdel test, but to be fair, none of the men talk about anything but women, either. And the premise is pretty tired. A woman is in a rut, and she decides to make some changes. Madness ensues.

It is the execution
Apr 01, 2008 rated it liked it
This is the first Jennifer Crusie novel I've tried, after hearing from numerous people on LiveJournal that she's worth reading--and, well, adhering to the LJ canon has rarely steered me wrong so far. I did like it. It was cute and had just the right level of fluff, and I really liked the dialogue, which was often witty and fun. The hero and heroine, Nick and Quinn, weren't made overly stupid for authorial reasons, though towards the end of the book, I was just urging them to go get busy already, ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Well, having read Getting Rid of Bradley, I was disappointed in this novel from Crusie. I believe this one came out first but no matter, it is almost the exact same plot. Boring girl leaves boring guy. She loves dog(s) and needs a change by way of a haircut. Meets a dark, rebel-type bad boy with a heart of gold who eventually falls in love with said character despite being a bachelor-till-I-die type. He saves her from mysteries threats from ex boyfriend. She has a close call with death/abuse. Al ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance, dog
Crusie is one of my favorite authors, so I always enjoy re-reading her books. This is a great one for alphabet challenges on character names as you have a female Q - Quinn and a male Z - Nick Ziegler. Quinn decides to get out of her rut and go after what she wants for a change.

What I enjoyed:
* The characters. Crusie always writes interesting characters.
* Katie, the dog.
* There are four romantic stories taking place and all are interesting.

What could have been better:
* Bill was unrealistic. (view
Aug 18, 2009 rated it liked it
This could have been a great book if Bill was not insane and if Quinn and Nick had a better friendship. I'll start with Bill. It was completely melodramatic and too insane to read when Bill became... insane. Yes, he starts off being annoying, planning out Quinn's life with him, but he becomes progressively insufferable. It might have helped jumpstart Quinn and Nick's relationship, but it was definitely detracting. At least to me. Quinn and Nick were supposed to be best friends. How exactly does ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This light and funny romantic comedy is about a beloved and successful high school coach's descent into madness and hurting little puppies. Sigh. Jennifer Crusies' great writing skills are very much here: It kept me turning the pages although I had to start skipping a bit because it did get repetitive towards the end. I felt that there was really only enough material for a category romance, but I think she had to stretch it out because the serious nature of the content didn't fit the usual templ ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-own, sweet-romance

I had a great time reading this :)
4.5 would be more accurate.
I loved it! It was funny and (surprisingly) steamy!
It has an appropriate title, really.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Cruise never rarely disappoints! This story was near perfect. It was party fiction with 5 POV's. I'm not a fan of party fiction, and initially I thought I'd be putting this back on the shelf. But she had me before the end of the first chapter!

Once upon a time, there was a mutt, and before the happily ever after this mutt would change everything and then put it back together again. Katie, the mutt, sneaks into Quinn's life and puts a wrecking ball in her seemingly perfect relationship wi
May 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
I guess I'm addicted.

I mean, there's really no excuse for the number of Jennifer Crusie novels I've devoured if I didn't really like them, at least a little bit. I recognize that the plotlines are transparent, the characters are a bit silly, and the sex scenes are strangely reminiscent of each other. But they're perfect to casually pick up, read a bit in the workroom, read a bit on the reference desk, and read before going to bed. I never feel like I'm missing a pivotal moment despite not devot
I just did not care for this book, and I usually like books by Jennifer Crusie. The main character, Quinn, is a mess; her ex-boyfriend Bill is a stalker; her best friend Darla just doesn't now what she wants other than she wants her husband to "change." That about sums up this book.

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable story to read. Definitely interesting with some very crazy characters thinking they're kind of stuck in the same old daily boring routine wanting to feel basically wanted again and mix things up a bit. Then you get some who just can't handle change clearly at all ...more
Aug 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Just terrible. No wonder it was in the bargain bin.
Kristin Marie
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
"Crazy for You" by Jennifer Crusie is by far my favorite of her novels (The ones I have read, anyway).

I love that all of her novels feature a very unique dog. The humans were equally good. The cast of characters was fairly small and that allowed for great development and dynamics throughout. The protagonist Quinn was well rounded and all of her decisions were easily followed no matter who was in the scenes with her.

Without giving anything away, there were some excellent pieces of drama through
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
total beach read that I read in September... extended the summer!
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Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.

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“She glared at him. “Who the fuck do you think you are?”

“I think I’m the fuck you want,” Nick said, and when she swung on him, he ducked under her arm and caught her to him, taking her mouth with his so completely that she stopped swinging to enjoy the heat and shudder he kissed into her, so relieved to finally have his arms around her.”
“But I’m not calm. It’s all a lie.” Quinn held Katie closer, breathing faster. “It’s just that when everybody else is screaming, somebody has to be mature and unemotional, so I have these brain-dead moments where I don’t react the way any sane human being would. I stay completely calm and ignore my feelings and compromise and make everything work again. And I’m not going to do that anymore. From now on, I’m going to be Zoe. Screw calm. Somebody else is going to have to do mature because I’m going to be selfish and get what I want.” 7 likes
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