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Major Crush

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  5,778 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Tired of the beauty-pageant circuit, Virginia Sauter tosses her tiara, pierces her nose, and auditions for the most unlikely of roles — drum major of the high school marching band.
Virginia wins, but is forced to share the title with Drew, whose family has held the position for generations. Sure, Drew is hot, but because of his superior attitude, he and Virginia are constan
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Simon Pulse
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Nasty Lady MJ
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Fucking No One
Fuck this shit. I mean it. I am not going to deal with a book like this it's sexist, demeaning, gets multiple facts about marching band wrong. And you now, no, no fuck no. Obviously I won't write a full review here since the GoodReads Censor Police will probably delete it since it's not going to be a favorable review and they'll probably view that against the spirit of GoodReads since I am going to address the writer's inability to write about decent human beings.

Fuck this shit. It m
Jennifer Wardrip
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If you're thinking that MAJOR CRUSH is another one of those "one time, at band camp" stories, then you're sorely mistaken! I have to say that this is one of the best, not to mention funniest, young adult romance stories I've read this year.

Sixteen-year-old Virginia Sauter has just gotten the job as co-drum major of the high school marching band. A position she just happens to share with her crush-of-a-lifetime, Drew Morrow. Having given up her life on the beau
Virginia abruptly leaves behind her fashionable life of beauty pageants and makeup, to join the marching band. When she is voted as band leader alongside her crush Drew, the pressure is on. Not only is she her schools first female band leader, she is falling harder for Drew who is already taken.

This book was meh. It is the first Jennifer Echols book that I have not given 5 stars. I was looking forward to going back to her beginnings, but it was a miss. I'm happy she improved from here.
The char
Susan's Reviews
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was Jennifer Echols' debut novel, and I was very much impressed!
Virginia wanted to be the Drum Major for her school's band. Drew's family have a long history of serving as Drum Major's. The competition and animosity is fierce. I loved the story. Virginia is feisty and confident. Loved the crazy teacher and his various antics. Drew took a while to grow on me, but Echols likes to create fallible characters who require a bit of time to figure themselves out. I applaud this type of character gr
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is me reading a Jennifer Echols book:

She's Ms. Chareth Cutestory. I'm waiting for her to just go ahead and title her next book "Awwwwwwww" because that's all you do as a reader.

The protagonists in this book are co-drum majors Virginia Sauter and Drew Morrow. Having just read The Boys Next Door, Virginia and Drew didn't quite measure up in the "Eeeeee!" department to Lori McGillicuddy and Adam Vader, but there were plenty of satisfying cute moments. The scene stealer in this book was new ba
Laurence R.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it

That was such a lovely read and it definitely lifted my spirits! Once more, Jennifer Echols proves how good she is at writing short and sweet romance novels.

If you're in a bit of a down, pick up this book, or a book similar to this one. It'll cheer you uo and make you feel all giddy and happy again. I finished this novel grinning like a fool, happy with life in general and full of hopes and expectations (I'll deal with those later).

Love stories between enemies is not the kind of books I re
Sara ♥
July 15-16, 2017

Apparently I have a thing about this book and summer!! 4x now! This book is SUPER DUPER CUTE! It had withstood the test of time (for me, anyway) for all of 8 years now! Ha! I'm gonna have to read some more of this series to see if the rest still do it for me! :)

August 14, 2012

So stinking cute! Loved it again!

August 21-22, 2010

I've read this book a few times, but I can't get over how freaking adorable it is!!! Squeeee!!! :) Jennifer Echols rocks my socks!

So this book, for those of
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Major Crush has been on my needs-review shelf for ages, so I thought that I should finally get around to reviewing it. Major Crush was nice; I love Jennifer Echols and her books (all of them), so really it was no surprise that I loved Major Crush too. Major Crush was a sweet book that was a really quick read for me (I finished it in like 4 hours), and as always I liked the writing, the plot, and the characters. And to me it’s easily a re-readable book.

So the writing, for those of you that haven’
Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†
Ah~ ... Where do I start with this amazingly written book? *___*

Omg... It was funny - REALLY FUNNY!!! I love love LOOOOOOOVE the main characters; Sauter, Drew and Sauter's bff (Allison I think?). They are so funny - ESPEICALLY Sauter. She is just amazing and I love everything she does. Shes hardcore but has this timidness about her. She has a sharp tongue and an Idgaf what you think personality but still manages to be at a loss of words when it comes to Drew and become self conscious at times...
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Major Crush is an incredibly cute, quick read. This book has all the elements of a great romantic comedy. Though the romance is the main point of this book, there are many other things going on in the book that combine to make a great read.

The romance was so cute and fun to read about in this book. Virginia is crushing hard on her co drum major, Drew, who resents her for making him share his leadership. It's funny how girls always want what they can't have in romance books. Not only does Drew d
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here.

In Jennifer Echols' website, Going Too Far falls under the label of "romantic drama" while Major Crush falls under "romantic comedy". I would definitely agree with the comedy part because this book made me laugh out loud a couple of times. I haven't read a lot of teen romance books with band members in them and it was interesting to know that there's a lot going on in a school band. In a small town where the school band is a big thing, the most popular guy in school is the
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an extremely cute romantic comedy story. It's about a girl who becomes co-drum major of her high school marching band. She has a crush on her co-drum major, but the two of them don't get along. In order to help their band win, they have to get over their issues and learn to like each other. It's just a light-hearted, fun story that has a few great one-liners throughout. If you like a teen romance, you'll probably enjoy this one. ...more
~Perry~ Soul Taker!!!!

Major Crush is so cute and adorable, just like the name implies someone has a major crush on someone but their feelings never reached me, didn't warm my heart. This won't fall in to my "Ehh what the..." department but it did cheer me up so I won't say I didn't like it. I was grinning like an idiot whole time because it was damn fun, so I recommend to read this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a cheesy-romantic-comedy light novel.
I cannot believe how long it took me to grab a copy of “Major Crush,” especially since Jennifer Echols is my favorite contemporary author and “Major Crush” was her first book.

I stayed awake until 2 a.m. on a school night, trying to finish the book. Unfortunately, my fatigue won the battle against my desire to read, and I had a few chapters to read the next morning. I then proceeded to walk right into my math teacher the next morning because I was busy finishing the last pages.

The moral of my sto
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Comedy Romance Lovers
Recommended to Kassy by: Myself
Shelves: reviewed-books
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Jan 10, 2012 marked it as re-read
Shelves: favorites, romance
( NOTE: This review was written in 2012 and may not accurately reflect how I read now. Still, this is a life-long favorite, so I tried to preserve what I could.)

This book is the one that made me fall in love with romantic comedies, and it was the first of all the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies that I ever read. (If you haven’t heard of them, they’re just a line of stand-alone Rom-Coms written by a variety of authors about all kinds of fun subjects, tropes, and scenarios. They’re fun, quick rea
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Honestly, somewhere inside, my inner-nerd rejoiced at such a book. How much more do I love Jennifer Echols for placing these characters within a marching band. Embarassing confession? I always wanted to be in band. It seemed like such fun. Playing music, as a group... Never have I wanted that more since reading Major Crush. Drew and Virginia are utterly adorable and as the story progresses things really start to hot up between the two of them. There's a scene in the back of the bus that reminds ...more
Stephanie A.
You know how bookstores rip the cover off unsold paperbacks before they throw them away? This is one book where that practice actually would have improved its value. Whoever designed this book apparently went out of their way to make it look like a cheap, cheesy romance novel, and not necessarily one marketed for teens - I never would have read it if 2 different people hadn't pushed me toward it.

A photographic cover might have helped me take it more seriously, because I caught some interesting
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 stars

So this book was really funny.
Everyone had this way of being dramatic, and the conversations where Mr. Rush was involved all seemed to make me want to simultaneously laugh and bang my head into a wall.

I know nothing of band, drum majors, trombones, or band directors.
So if the author played on stereotypes, well, I couldn't tell.

This short book was about drum major Virginia and her fellow drum major, Drew. Drew was the lone drum major of their band the year before; this year, Virginia
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Major Crush is a very light-hearted comedy, and a perfect feel good read. Virginia was a very strong female lead, which I absolutely loved, and she wasn’t afraid to do what she wanted. There was definitely chemistry between Drew and Virginia from the beginning; they would argue a lot but you could practically cut the tension with a knife :P. I really liked Drew as well as he was actually quite a developed character, and not just some boring sappy love interest with good looks and no personality. ...more
(ツ) Hache
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Eeeerrrrr!! I kinda wished I hadn't read this. I began to really hate the main character Virginia, hated that name to. Sure she was funny but I just hated how she was too into drew
He had his hand on her waist. Ugh, that was supposed to be my waist!

And then she had the nerve to use her best guy friend Walter who had a 'major crush' on her and use him to make drew jealous. So she desperately gets Walter to kiss her.
...I could be nice and just enjoy it while we were in public, and then expl
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
How did I not know Jen Echols wrote a book about marching band?! Actually, I need to look for more books about marching band... And speech/debate teams.

This was my read (in one night--I finished at 2am) when I was distraught over the Trail Blazers being eliminated in the first round of the Playoffs, at the sixth game--AGAIN. It was just the thing, because it, like the other Jen Echols books I've read, had me grinning like a fool.

I can't peg why her books rock so much, but they just put a goofy
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, romance, contemporary
Loved it!

In fact, since I finished it a few days ago I've been re-reading a few key moments over and over again. *winks*

Virginia is a sweet high school junior trying to be more than just a pretty face. Her crush Drew is both dreamy and a jerk, but leaning more towards dreamy (and once I learned about his life I understood the jerk moments). Their friends are great side characters who aren't just taking up space but were interesting and dealing with real life problems that made my heart hurt. And
Michele C.
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, e-books
I didn't like this book as much as Jennifer Echols' other books. It felt like the book started off with a lot of missing backstory that I kept waiting to get filled in on, but never did. It took most of the book for me to warm up to the characters and I never fully understood why they were attracted to each other in the first place. Though by the end, I admit, I was rooting for them. But I do love Jennifer Echols' writing style and I guess this is her first book so it's nice to see how she's gro ...more
Apr 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: april-2012
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, romance, own-it
OK, lets be totally honest this would never happen in a real life situation.'s totally cute! I like this little romance novels for tweens. They can be so funny and its just heart warming. ...more
Sprinkled with cute guys, glittery batons, tractors and missing band shoes, Major Crush is an adorable YA novel which is easy to read and love :)
This one reeks of cutesy love band practice.
Virginia is one heck of a girl. She has a nose ring, is a drum major, stands her ground and is a great friend.
Drew is a great guy. Responsible, authoritative, intelligent, witty and uh cute. Very cute.
Sometimes I can't believe I read this genre with such enthusiasm. But this is just so heart warming. It all ends well, it's super romantic and these kids work on trust and communication! Maybe not all things point towards a healthy relationship but atle
Brianna Nelson
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng-471
Major Crush is an adorable little book with a lot of heart. Virginia Sauter has just been made co-captain of the marching band with Drew Morrow, who comes from a long line of marching band captains. Needless to say, they don't get along well at the beginning, both believing they should be sole captain. Through the help of their band director they start communicating with each other, but will it be enough to save the already fractured band? This story deals with elements of friendship, poverty, s ...more
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more

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