Boy Crazy

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Overview

How to Date Like a Guy:

1. Flirt constantly.

2. Keep your options open.

3. Don't get attached.

Cassie and her two best friends, Greta and Keagan, are so over boyfriends. But just because the girls are anti-boyfriend doesn't mean they're anti-boy. So they make a pact for the summer: They'll each kiss ten different guys before school starts—no commitments, no drama, just fun. ...

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Overview

How to Date Like a Guy:

1. Flirt constantly.

2. Keep your options open.

3. Don't get attached.

Cassie and her two best friends, Greta and Keagan, are so over boyfriends. But just because the girls are anti-boyfriend doesn't mean they're anti-boy. So they make a pact for the summer: They'll each kiss ten different guys before school starts—no commitments, no drama, just fun. Sounds easy enough. Then Cassie meets the perfect guy (nine boys too soon), and the pact starts to seem like a terrible idea. Not to mention Boy Number One turns out to be her best friend's ex. Ugh—Cassie's summer just went from carefree to complicated faster than she can say "heartbreaker."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061253850
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 617,705
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hailey Abbott grew up in Southern California, where she split her time between creative writing and creative beaching. She is the author of Getting Lost with Boys, The Secrets of Boys, The Perfect Boy, Waking Up to Boys, The Forbidden Boy, and The Other Boy well as the Summer Boys books and The Bridesmaid. Hailey now lives in New York City.

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Boy Crazy

Chapter One

"I declare this a ten-boy summer!"

Greta Crocker's voice rang through the bedroom, distracting Cassie Morgan from the late afternoon view of the Hollywood Hills, complete with Hollywood sign. The vista over her parents' backyard and across her posh Hancock Park neighborhood reminded her that she was finally back where she belonged. Home—where Siskiyou Academy gossip, especially the Cassie-specific item involving Daniel Fletcher and her broken heart, couldn't touch her. Or shouldn't, anyway.

Enough about Daniel. Cassie fiercely tried to shake off thoughts of him as he'd shaken her off because he "needed his space." Not that she was still bitter about it. It's summer. No ex-boyfriends or boarding school drama allowed. She'd left all that back in her Northern California dorm on the last day of finals.

She turned her back on the view—and on her downer thoughts—to face her best friends, Greta and Keagan.

"What do ten boys have to do with our reunion summer?" Cassie made a face at her oldest friend. The Crockers had moved in next door when the girls were both four. Greta was stretched out across Cassie's four-poster bed as if it were her own—as if it had been moments rather than months since she and Cassie had laid eyes on each other. She was dressed to lounge in low-slung blue L.A.M.B. sweatpants and a clingy green Amy Tangerine T-shirt, which made her pale skin glow. Greta's strawberry-blond curls fanned out behind her as she sat up, narrowing her hazel eyes at Cassie.

"It's time to take our game to the next level before senior year starts," Greta said firmly."Hence, ten boys."

Cassie had forgotten about Greta's bossy streak. The girls' families usually traveled during school breaks, so they hadn't actually hung out beyond very occasional coffee dates in years. E-mails and random phone calls just weren't the same as face time. But even after three years apart, they were slipping easily back into old middle school patterns.

"I was thinking more like the no-boys level," Cassie suggested, leaning back against the windowsill and smiling. "I'm ready to declare myself a boy-free zone after this last year. At least for a little while."

"Agreed." Keagan Ellison wrinkled her perfect little nose and looked up from the thick blue carpet. Cassie's second-oldest friend, whose family had moved onto the block when the girls were all six years old, had been checking out the iTunes library on Cassie's silver MacBook. She lay on her stomach, kicking her long, tanned legs up behind her. Cassie's father would have a heart attack if she tried to wear anything as short as Keagan's tiny white jean cutoffs. She loved that Keagan dared.

"I'm still recovering from the Zachary Malone disaster," Keagan said, absently pulling one of the strings on her black Ed Hardy hoodie. She shuddered dramatically, making her high, pale blond ponytail bounce. "Ugh."

Cassie had forgotten the full impact of Keagan's natural, blue-eyed prettiness, which screamed California girl. She ran a hand through her own darker, sandier blond mess, which she wore in a long, shaggy pixie cut. Never in a million years could she have managed to get her hair looking as smooth as Keagan's. She thought about the hated freckles that spread across her cheeks and defeated any makeup she slathered over them. She accepted with a sigh that Greta was the fashionista and Keagan the SoCal dream girl. Cassie would always look more athletic and tomboyish than her friends. Luckily, up at Siskiyou, most of the students dressed more Cassie than Keagan.

"Zachary Malone is a loser, not a disaster," Greta said, rolling her eyes. "He had asshat written all over him from day one." She looked at Cassie. "I met him once at a party. It was enough. He was vile."

"Yeah, but he's also hot." Keagan shrugged, as if she couldn't help herself. "Like, Wentworth Miller hot."

"Wentworth Miller hot is not the kind of hot you just get over, Greta," Cassie offered in Keagan's defense. "That's the kind of hot that requires a recovery program. Maybe even an intervention."

"I beg you," Greta said with a groan. "Don't encourage her!"

"What about you, Cassie?" Keagan asked, after sticking her tongue out at Greta. "How did your heart get broken? Vicious other woman?"

Cassie bit her tongue, feeling oddly hesitant. The three of them had been best friends before Cassie had gone off to boarding school, but their busy lives had intervened since then. Greta had had theater camps and drama club trips, and though she left long, rambling voice mails at random times, she never actually answered her phone. Keagan had joined the swim team at her school and was always traveling for meets—and even if she'd been around, she was terrible at keeping in touch. This was Cassie's first summer in Los Angeles since she'd left for Siskiyou Academy right before the ninth grade.

Cassie knew that Greta and Keagan saw slightly more of each other, since they still lived so close, but they went to high schools across the city from each other. They all e-mailed regularly, of course, and kept up on Facebook and stuff, but that was mostly commenting on pictures or status updates.

So how could she explain the agony and ecstasy that was Daniel Fletcher? He wasn't Wentworth Miller hot. He was . . . Daniel. He was kind of the guy equivalent of Mount Shasta, the snowcapped mountain that dominated the horizon at Siskiyou. Cassie hadn't e-mailed much about him because she didn't how to explain him. It was easier to talk to her school friends, who understood the Daniel phenomenon. He just loomed over all the other guys at Siskiyou, and Cassie had been in love with him since freshman orientation. All that wild, curly dark hair and eyes to rival the dark green woods that surrounded the school. That swagger and easy intelligence. His lazy, devastating smile. Daniel.

Boy Crazy. Copyright © by Hailey Abbott. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Cassie just got home from boarding school where her ex-boyfriend broke her heart. She's not ready to dive into summer.

    But her two best friends she hasn't seen in forever have a plan. They're going to spend the summer dating boys - and NOT get tied down. Each of them must kiss ten boys during the summer.

    Cassie has the perfect summer job, giving biking tours on an island, but she and her friends go out at night to relax. Gretta and Keagan start off just fine and Cassie gets into the plan - until she meets one particular boy.

    At first she tests him, but soon he breaks down her barriers and she agrees to go on a date with him. Despite the warning from her friends, Cassie soon finds herself tied down.

    Now she's ditching her friends to be with her secret boyfriend, and her summer's gone from carefree to stressful. Can she bring her two worlds together as one or will she have to choose between them?

    I loved this book. It's a great summer romance that makes you feel the sun and is filled with drama, boys, and having a good time.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Boy Crazy

    Title: Boy Crazy
    Author: Hailey Abbott
    Genre: YA fiction
    Publishing Information: 304 pages; April 28th, 2009 by Harper Teen
    Series: Stand alone

    Where I got it: E-book from the library

    One sentence: For their first summer reunited, Cassie and her best friends Greta and Keagan decide to switch things up and leave commitments at the door as they dare each other to kiss ten different boys by the end of the summer; the only problem? Cassie may have met the perfect guy way too soon.

    Themes: Romance, summer, bet, boys, high school

    Main character: 2.5/5
    It wasn't that Cassie was a completely unlikable main character; on the contrary, I enjoyed her point of view immensely. I simply wished Abbott had given me more background on her, or at least developed Cassie into a multi-layered character. For what the novel was, Cassie was a very relatable character who represented a wide cross-section: a girl who liked to have fun, but was a little intimidated by the ten boys proposition.

    Secondary characters: 2/5
    Keagan and Greta similarly seemed very one-sided: both seem to conform to a certain stereotypes whether it was the control-freak or the flirty girl. I think the novel would have taken on that higher level if the characters had been more developed. Trey seemed slightly more complex, but insincere at times and just lacking a general likeability.

    Writing style: 3/5
    While the writing style wasn't especially mature, it was easy to read and the pacing was fast enough to keep my attention, but not so fast that I was completely lost. The dialogue was down-to-earth and realistic, and made it an enjoyable style.

    Plot: 3/5
    A cute but overdone premise. I enjoyed the twists and turns, but there was really nothing I hadn't seen before. Some of the background info was lost and more was needed to complete the story and make some things logical.

    Ending: 4/5
    Different than I expected. The entirety of the book had been very predictable, so the ending was surprisingly innovative and mature.

    Best scene: The scene at the club

    Positives: Relatable main character, sufficient writing style and plot, ending

    Negatives: Nothing spectacular or special, boring and unlikeable secondary characters

    First Line: "I declare this a ten-boy summer!"

    Cover: Cute; definitely fits with the beachy-read look.

    Verdict: A fun, if predictable, summer beach read; light-hearted and carefree.

    Rating: 5.8 / 10

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    amazing

    i loved it it was juicy with intresting events once again i love it

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    Boy Crazy = LOVE

    I loved this book. It was sincerely an excellent read for teens. I think those who read this will kind of learn more about yourself than you have ever known before. Good for those who enjoy the teens romance books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    The best book ever!!!!!!!

    I read this book and it was really good i love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Boy crazy

    It was soooooooo amazing!!!!! I wanna read it over and over

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    goood

    goood soo far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    very good

    i loved the book it was soooooooo good i read it like 3 times more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2010

    Great Book for Teen's

    Being a teen, I found this book to be very real. Everything from the 3 best friends to the results of keeping stuff from them. I am very happy that everything works out for the 3 girls and Trey

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    WONDERFUL!

    OMG THIS WAS A REALLLY GOOD BOOK!
    I TOALLY FELL 4 TREY HE LIKE EEVERY GIRL DREAM !
    CASSIE IS SUCH A GREAT COOL FUNNY PERSON IN THE BOOK
    I LOVE THE BOOOK!
    BUY THIS BOOK IF UR A GIRL WHO EVER HAD A SUMMER FLING !

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Great Beach Read

    Cassie just got home from boarding school where her ex-boyfriend broke her heart. She's not ready to dive into summer. But her two best friends she hasn't seen in forever have a plan. They're going to spend the summer dating boys - and NOT get tied down. Each of them must kiss 10 boys during the summer. Cassie has the perfect summer job giving biking tours on an island, but she and her friends go out at night to relax. Gretta and Keagan start off just fine and Cassie gets into the plan - until she meets one particular boy. At first she tests him no, but soon he breaks down her barriers and she agrees to go on a date with him. Despite the warning from her friend, Cassie soon finds herself tied down. Now she's ditching her friends to be with her secret boyfriend and her summer's gone from carefree to stressful. Can she bring her two worlds together as one or will she have to choose?

    I loved this book. It's great summer romance that makes you feel the sun and filled with drama, boys, and having a good time.

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