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(Berrybrook Middle School #3)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  5,966 ratings  ·  745 reviews
Following the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE, Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment - CRUSH!

Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by JY
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“If you can’t use your sports skills to win and have to resort to verbal abuse and insults on my field, GET OFF MY FIELD!”

Middle school is hard. Being a new teenager is hard. But this is easy. An easy-to-read, easy-to-understand graphic novel that covers a lot of issues. Boys, girls, non-binary (one mention); extroverts and shy kids; sports jocks and bookish nerds; big guys and little kids; popular kids and loners; pale, medium, dark kids; blondes, brunettes, redheads, headscarf.

And names f
Francina Simone
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breaking my no star rule for this one:

I absolutely loved this one just like I LOVED the other two (all following deprecate characters and this are standalone novels).

I whizzed through it and I blushed and felt all the cute feels!!

This really feels an awful lot like a middle grade Degrassi!!! The best parts of Degrassi, but for middle school kids so it not not reach the boiling point or go THERE....haha but it definitely hits the spot!
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is third in a series that is only very lightly related. None of them rely on any of the others so they can easily be read in any order. I do highly recommend reading them all, in whatever order you choose.

Chmakova knocked this one out of the park, too. Which is no surprise. Again, the characters fairly leap off the page and the story is so well-told that it takes you back to those middle school years and the rapid-fire changes and drama and pain and joy inherent in them. As with any great s
Having a crush is so hard, and is is doubly hard for Jorge, especially since the girl he has the crush on has a boyfriend.

We "met" Jorge in earlier books in this series, but it is not necessary to read the other books, as each of them are self contained. Awkward and Brave build on each other, but you can pick any of the three books up and have a wonderful time seeing the drama that is middle school.

There are the mean boys, rather than mean girls, in this story, which is a refreshing change. But
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I just re-read my review of Awkward and many of the same sentiments abound with this, the third in the series. The artwork is outstanding, the charming story is relatable, and had my eleven-year-old not swiped this from me before I read it, I’d have known she would love it.
This is middle school done well. Everything is accounted for: cliques, athletics, clubs, the obligatory school dance, bullies, shy kids, kids longing to be in the it crowd, loyal friends, bad decisions, gossip, drama, and of
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I SO needed this as a palate cleanse after the last two horrific 1 star graphic novels I just read.

This book is cute and sweet and everything I needed right now. I read the teaser handed out at ALA Annual 2018 and knew that I had to get my hands on the entire thing. I was right, it was so awesome! I didn't realize this was the third in a series, so now I have two other books to look forward to, yay!!

This is a contemporary story from the POV of Jorge, a large middle schooler with two BFFs, Olivi
Melissa McShane
I ordered this months ago and then forgot about it until I got the notice that it had shipped. Though I love all of Svetlana Chmakova's work, my interest pales beside that of my daughter, whose mild reading disability translates to her being more comfortable with audiobooks and graphic novels. So I left it on her computer and texted her at work to say she had a surprise...and her reaction was gratifying.

This series is brilliant in how it captures the middle school experience. When I read Awkward
I love this series and want to gift it to every kid I know starting/in middle school. /end review

No but seriously. I love the story lines, the artwork is SUPERB. I just really love Chmakova's illustrations and the way each panel just goes with each other. She says so much without saying a word (case in the point the cover in which everyone is faded out except Jorge staring at his crush. How true to life is that?!?!?!). I still think Brave is my favorite of this series so far (I just love Jensen
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite in the series so far. I heart Jorge!
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely can’t look at my previous review without cringing HARD, so I deleted it.

But this was so, SO cute. Imma need to reread this normally, but Svetlana Chmakova, yet again, does not disappoint. ❤️


Whenever I go to some store where there’s books, mostly Target, I pick this up. I’m currently at page 186 and it’s SO CUTE





Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This series is SO great. The books deal with so many issues that kids face without feeling forced or preachy. The characters model good responses even in the face of some bad people and situations. And so much normalized inclusivity! Crush also specifically tackles bodily autonomy and agency, online bullying, and even smacks down some "nice guy" nonsense. And the stories are always cohesive and keep your interest, which isn't too common with a lot of novels about middle school experiences. MORE ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Why EVERYONE needs to read this series:

1. It's non-sequential, with each book following a different character. There's no need to read them in order—pick up any book and start there!

2. Each main character is super relatable as they battle the hell hole that is middle school. Each of the three deal with something completely different, but the stories are all tangentially tied together with the idea of finding your people and doing what is right—not necessarily what the popular kids are doing.

3. T
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-comics
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Rating: 5 Stars - absolutely perfect
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This middle school book was about a typical crush that a boy has on a girl. Jorge is a rather large boy that everyone likes. He tries to help others and keep peace in the school. He doesn’t particularly want to have a girlfriend but there is one girl that he seems to really like. He never knows what to say to Jazmine,but he finally gets up the courage to ask her to a dance. Easy to read.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jorge is such a good male role model. Both masculine and a feminist, strong and respectful... Props to Svetlana Chmakova.
Now, this; THIS was what I came here for! (Or read it for? Anyways...)

This was amazing! Jorge has always been a stalwart force. He knows he's taller than most of the other kids his age, so rather than using it to intimidate others to do things for him, he'd rather intimidate bullies, and stop them in their tracks. He finds himself drawn to a girl in the drama club, who he's never had the chance to speak to before, but luckily happened to be friends with Liv, one of three friends in his group of
Bethany Pratt
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a very cute and good book, seeing the main character, a tough-looking guy, actually be very soft and has major feelings for a certain girl in his school. No matter how hard he tries, he can never quite form words around this girl. This book definitely captures what it is like to be in a young teenager in middle school and this book always kept me wanting to read more, making me not want to put it down. I would definitely recommend this if you like love stories and graphic nove ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars This story involves more than just a "crush", but is about friendships in general while in middle school.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I seriously love this series! Awkward, Brave and now Crush are great graphic novels about kids in middle school and their real life struggles.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much :o if there is a fourth book i can't wait :D
Taylor Ramirez
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Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars ****

I don't feel that I could ever give a negative rating to a graphic novel because I always think of how much work they must be to create. I also enjoy reading them so much because they're fast and easy reads.
This graphic novel "Crush" is about middle school children so I do feel like I'm too old for it but I still related in a reminiscent way. Jorge is the main character and obviously has a crush on a girl. The story is about him dealing with his fear of talking to girls and also dea
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really adored this. Jorge is a great character, one I think a lot of kids will identify with. Once again Chmakova makes all the tumult and chaos of middle school into a narrative that is real, funny and super emotional.
The parts about consent and body autonomy are A+ and exactly how we should be talking to kids about these issues in middle school.
But the parts of Jorge being an awkward and confused middle schooler while staying true to himself are A+++++++
Highly, highly recommend.
Robin Stevens
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Svetlana Chmakova's graphic novels are so charming, heartfelt and realistic - she really brings middle school to life. I love this series, and Crush is just as delightful as her others! (8+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite quote was the 4th panel on page 86:
"I mean, loyalty! Look it up! And GET you some!"
This is out of context, but just read the book and see for yourself!
Don't forget to look for Mr. Raccoon! :D
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was very heartwarming and adorable. You would have never expected a big guy like Jorge to be such a softie around his crush. I especially like the part in the book where all 3 girls got a haircut. This book was very cute.
I loved Jorge in Brave and so glad he got his own book. I smiled so much while reading this one. I love this series :)
Debbie Barr
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really enjoy this graphic novel series, and I think this one is my favorite! It brought back sooooo many memories from middle school--I felt my crushes with all my heart and soul! And Jorge is such a sweetheart, I loved seeing things from his point of view.
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Svetlana Chmakova (Russian: Светлана Шмакова) (born 1979 in Russia) is a comic creator. She is best known for Dramacon, an original English-language (OEL) manga spanning three volumes and published in North America by Tokyopop. Her other work includes the 2-page The Adventures of CG for CosmoGIRL! magazine and the webcomic Chasing Rainbows for Girlamatic. Though born in Russia, she immigrated to C ...more

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