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Crash Test Love

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  675 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
The last thing Henry Arlington wants is a girlfriend. He's just very, very good with girls—reading their body language, knowing what they want to hear, and more importantly: getting them into the backseat of his car. But all that changes when he meets Garrett Lennox at one of the many Sweet Sixteen parties he crashes.
Garrett thinks she's done with guys. She was dumped by
Paperback, 335 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lena ♫ ♪
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it
This book reminds me of a high school version of "How To Lose A Guy
In Ten Days." It's a cute, short read, but I didn't love it the way I thought I would.

The book is told through alternating POVs. First, there's Henry. He's a player and a womanizer. His favorite past time involves crashing parties, pretending he's someone else and hooking up with random girls. Then he meets Garrett.

Garrett is new to Long Island. She first meets Henry at a party, but it turns out he goes to the same high school
Amy Jacobs
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I have seen this book from other reviewers and noticed it getting low ratings all the way up to high ratings. This caught my attention and the summary sounded great, so I thought I would give it a go as well. After reading Crash Test Love, I have found my rating to be in the middle.

I wasn't a big fan of Henry. He was the typical player of the school and frankly, they deserve to get taught a lesson. Not only did he think he could get any girl he wanted, he usually did just that. I will say that h
Sep 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it

This book was epically awesome, the kinda young adult books I like EXPECT for the ending!! This whole book was so good and really funny too. I really liked Henry and his condos with his friends were hilar! I didn't really expect to like it so much but I knew I would get attached to Henry and would want nothing more than for him to be with Garrett. The J-Squad esp London I couldn't stand! Obviously. They're just like all the mean girls you get in movies a
Avon Bernabe
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it


How can Ted do that to me? I was rooting for a happy one. I mean, they love each other, right? SO what is it? What is wrong with Garrett? I was really upset and I kept on wondering if I lost a few pages of the book because that can't be the ending. Sure, some things were settled but the only thing I want didn't happen. It's so frustrating.

The story, the writing style of the author was good though. It may not be too different but still, it pre
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I’ve read this book which really grabbed my attention and after the end, I felt like crying. Don't get me wrong, it was a really enjoyable book, but...

I’ve seen some of the reviews afterwards which said that they couldn’t connect with Garrett, who was one of the two main characters. I couldn’t, either. I think she was a stupid and annoying. (contains spoilers)

What’s the book about? Well, there’s Henry - man-slut, typical shallow high school guy who loves to crash Sweet Sixteen parties. He doesn’
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Honestly, Garrett pissed me off, which ruined the novel. I HATE it when girls let "friends" shape who they are but the girl just blindly follows along, because it's all worth it to be cool, right? NOT. Garrett had potential to be a likable character at the veeeery end of the novel, like in the last chapter, but other than that I felt like she was a pathetic pushover who couldn't stand up for herself and say "no, I don't want to do this". She proved that by agreeing to date and dump Henry.

Henry I
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5

Crash Test Love was an amusing story about teens who deal with peer pressure and falling in love for the first time. Ted Michael's writing was fast-paced, entertaining and addictive. The story wasn't necessarily new but the author's interpretation was refreshing. Garrett, the female protagonist, was a gorgeous and intelligent teenager. She just moved to Long Island, New York from Chicago which labeled her the "new girl" at school. Coming into a new school with no friends was difficult
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Henry Arlington is a player. He and his best friends enjoy crashing Sweet Sixteen parties all around Long Island and picking up girls there. He never goes out with a girl again, once he dumps her. So he wasn't prepared for Garrett Lennox. Henry meets Garrett at one such party. She's so different from the other girls, and he breaks one of the rules he and his friends invented...he tells her his real name.

Imagine Henry's surprise when he returns to school onl
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An einem Tag durchgelesen und ich liebe es!<3
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
I don't want to say that I hated this book. I really didn't. There were powerful messages about love and loss in Crash Test Love. Still, I can't say that I always liked the way the author conveyed them. When I finished the book, there was no sense of closure. It was one of those endings that leaves you thinking someone ripped the last few pages out of the book. It simply couldn't end like that.

The story is told through Garret and Henry's alternating points of view. While I didn't love either Ga
Ines Diaz
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Crash Test Love was a very well explained story about teens who deal with love for the first time. Ted Michael's writing was fast-paced, entertained and addictive. The author's point of view was very refreshing.

Garrett was the new girl in town. She just moved to New York from Chicago which labeled her the "new girl" at school. With no friends at school it was difficult for her to felt into the new place. So she started hanging on with the J Squad (the popular girls from school who were also man
Michelle. D.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The connection between Garret and Henry is amazing and very well explained. I'm amazed that this book was written by a guy. This book was also really, very funny! The chats or events were hilarious! The J Squad is just really, annoying. I also find it funny how Nigel, Duke and Henry crash birthday parties. And I really hate Garrets boyfriend. How could he do that! And how could Amy(Garret's old best friend) do that! It totally caught me off gaurd. And I have to say the scene in Henry's bed was p ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-2011-release
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2 stars.

*country music playing in the background*

This book was way, way, way
was way too predictable
the boy was annoying
the girl was another Bella Swan
but I had to do homework
I had to do crappy homework
and I read it anyway.

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Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Liked the book, hate hate hated the ending!!!
Nov 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wedding Singers crossed with How to Lose a Guy in 10 of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist or E. Lockhart's books will enjoy
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I think I've actually fallen in love with Ted Michael a little bit because of this book! I think that this is one of the books I could end up reading more than once.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der erste Satz
Ich bin kein Typ für eine Beziehung.

Meine Erwartungen
Ich habe von der Geschichte erwartet, dass sie eine kitschige und vielleicht sogar vorhersehbare Liebesgeschichte ist und, dass sie auf jeden Fall ein Happy End hat, denn der Klappentext hat darauf schließen lassen. Ich habe erwartet, dass die Geschichte locker, leicht und einfach nur schön ist und mich glücklich macht. Ich dachte, dass das eine kurzweilige Geschichte ist, die mich nur eine kurze Zeit in meinen Gedanken begleite
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Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-school
The book starts with henry first, talking on how he is hooking up with someone just for the sake of it, and how he crashed in this party, with is friends along, just to get drunk and have fun (like they always, AND almost everyday they do). When he gets bored, turns to the party again and meets Garret, flawlessly, she catches his attention and doesn't give in easily like the rest of the girls. And instead of making her swoon of her feet, Henry find himself asking questions fast forward like a do ...more
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, ya
Ho deciso di iniziare a svuotare la cartella dei libri scaricati e dopo averci ripensato più e più volte la scelta è caduta su “Crash test love”. Non ricordavo minimante la trama e le prime righe mi hanno subito intrigato.

Garrett Lennox si è appena trasferita a Long Island da Chicago con i genitori per il suo senior year. L’ultimo anno di high school, in un nuovo istituto non è facile da affrontare finché la J Squad, il trio delle ragazze più popolari, decide di prenderla sotto la sua ala protet
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wer vor der Liebe wegrennt, bricht garantiert sein Herz

Beide haben gute Gründe: Henry dafür, dass er Mädchen lieber ins Bett kriegt, als sich zu verlieben. Und Garrett dafür, dass sie von Jungs am liebsten gar nichts mehr hören will. Als die it-Clique an der neuen Schule sie zu einer Wette herausfordert – sie soll Herzensbrecher-Henry eine Lektion erteilen –, willigt sie ein. Doch das, was zwischen ihnen an Funken sprüht, ist echt nicht mehr normal! Henry wehrt sich mit Händen und Füßen …
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

From the premise alone, this book seems like it's lighthearted but Michaels does a fantastic job mixing in emotion and drama without taking away from the fun overall nature. The split narrative gives perfect insight to both Henry and Garrett and builds a connection to both for the reader. Also notable is the way the reader will side with and root for both characters even when they are on opposing sides because of the great voice Michaels gives them.

Henry comes off as a cocky jerk and a heartbrea
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“I have never really understood why people call it falling in love but now, tonight, I do. Because when I drop Garrett off and watch her wave goodbye, I feel like I am furiously out of control and falling fast. But also I feel like I’m flying, like there is wind and air beneath me. I don’t think you can fall and fly at the same time, though; I don’t understand how it would work. It seems that eventually one will win out over the other, and I’m pretty sure it’s much easier to crash than it is to ...more
Carrie Felton
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
SO STUPID!!! its really deep and a great romance despite being written by a guy but the ENDING WAS TERRIBLE (view spoiler) its tragic the way it ended. It went EXACTLY the way I predicted except for th ...more
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Crash Test Love is a great read filled with romance, character growth, and humor as well as many other elements that I love in storytelling. I was originally very drawn to the premise (I'm a sucker for contemporary YA romance novels as well as alternating points of view between the two main characters) which although not the most original, is still captivating and intriguing in its own right. I know I've mentioned this before in a past review or two (bare with me if you've read it before) but fo ...more
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Ted Michael was born in 1984 and grew up in Roslyn Heights, New York. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School and is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
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