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Crazy in Love

Crazy in Love

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by Dandi Daley Mackall
     
 

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From a bestselling author comes a fun, flirty look at first love!

High school senior Mary Jane Ettermeyer has been the good girl for a long time. To date, she's proud to say she's been able to keep her pledge of abstinence (not that anyone has challenged it). But when the cutest guy in school starts flirting with her, she suddenly finds herself crazy in love.

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From a bestselling author comes a fun, flirty look at first love!

High school senior Mary Jane Ettermeyer has been the good girl for a long time. To date, she's proud to say she's been able to keep her pledge of abstinence (not that anyone has challenged it). But when the cutest guy in school starts flirting with her, she suddenly finds herself crazy in love. Even though her inner Plain Jane is telling her he can't possibly think she's cute, her inner Sexy M. J. is questioning her vow to keep herself pure until marriage. Not to mention that hot Jackson House shouldn't even be talking to her, because he already has a girlfriend! There are a ton of good reasons why she should never speak to Jackson again, except that every time she sees him, all of her resistance seems to melt away. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
High school senior Mary Jane has a bad case of "senioritis." Surely, she reasons, she is too grown up for direction or curfew from the "rents" (a.k.a. her parents). Her best friend has already left for college, so they have to rely on their cell phones for communication. As a senior, change is just over the horizon, yet Mary Jane naively hopes the glue that holds her group of friends together can survive graduation. Also, she is a staunch charter member of the AIA—Abstinence in Action—a group of gal pals who swear to abstain from serious sex until marriage. Into this volatile mix comes Jackson House, a six-foot tall senior with a killer smile who is a great kisser…. Wait, isn't he Star Simon's boyfriend? Is Mary Jane a boyfriend thief? What will everyone think? Suddenly, everything is at stake: parents' trust, relationships, reputation, grades, first love. How can anyone sort this all out? Mary Jane's story includes a couple of voices, today's version of the proverbial devil and angel on the shoulder. The Plain Jane voice is that of common sense, with a definite lack of self-esteem thrown in. MJ is the "why not?" voice, whispering that Star doesn't deserve Jackson, Mom doesn't know what she's talking about, and AIA was just childish ideals in the light of "Ohmygosh!, Jackson likes me, of all the girls at Atilla High!" Mackall's lively style makes this book a fun read. It also deals with the very real angst of a high school senior who must figure out issues of relationships, personal integrity, friendship, and love at a pivotal time in her life. What a great book to use as a discussion starter or to give to a teenager, so that she can realize she's not the onlyone out there going through this.
VOYA - Vikki Terrile
Mary Jane Ettermeyer is torn. Plain Jane, her good-girl inner voice, wants her to stay a parental favorite, follow the rules, and lose a few pounds. MJ, her red-lipstick-loving inner wild woman, wants her to do just the opposite. When Jackson House, the hottest guy in school, suddenly takes an interest in Mary Jane, despite his beautiful girlfriend, even two inner voices might not be enough. All the ingredients are here for a fun, frothy teen romance-a suburban mall and high school setting, gossiping girlfriends, the cool guy falling for the "plain Jane," and of course, the age-old inner conflict about going all the way. Unfortunately the author tries too hard to make the novel more than that. The characters are flat, stereotypically shallow, and self-absorbed. Mackall's use of slang, although current, often feels like an adult trying to sound like a teen. One of the most unsettling aspects of the novel is Mary Jane's older sister, Sandy, who attends a special school and plays Special Olympics basketball. Sandy is sweet and cute, but she feels more like a plot device than a character, there to prove that the other characters have depth because they love and accept her. Only the last few chapters feel real, which is unfortunate because had they come earlier, this okay novel might have been something memorable. Still younger teens who cannot get enough romance will be eager to give it a try.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up
Mary Jane, 17, is a good student, adores her mentally challenged older sister, and has a loving family. She also has a huge crush on Jackson House, Star Simons's sexy boyfriend. When Mary Jane and Jackson take her car to get more soda during a party, almost immediately her friends start ignoring her and other boys call for dates. It turns out that Star is spreading rumors that Mary Jane is easy. Then Jackson breaks up with Star, and Mary Jane's life is transformed. The two are together constantly, and Jackson really seems to love her. That's why she is so tempted when he tells her that, with his parents away, they can be alone together in his house the night after Thanksgiving. Even after buying sexy undies, though, Mary Jane realizes that she wants to wait until she finds someone who will spend his whole life with her, in marriage. Reluctantly, Jackson accepts her decision, and the novel ends with Mary Jane wondering whether they'll remain a couple. Despite her fear of losing him, she knows that she'll be OK eventually either way. Mackall hits the nail on the head with her poignant description of first love and sexual yearning. The protagonist is an average middle-class girl who struggles hard with her decision. Teens will relate to her and will be disappointed when the story ends.
—Susan RileyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142411575
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,063,353
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Dandi Daley Mackall is theauthor of numerous books for children, includingLarger-Than-Life Lara. She lives in West Salem, Ohio,with her husband and their three children.

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Crazy in Love 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
frogixx52 More than 1 year ago
MOST FABULOUS BOOK I HAVE READ IN A REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY LoNGTIME
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Can four minutes really change your life?

When Mary Jane leaves a party for four minutes with a boy to grab more soda, rumors start flying out of control. The boy in question is the school hottie, and boyfriend to Star, a very popular girl, not to mention Mary Jane's friend. She can't believe that people are talking about her and acting as though something major happened during that short time.

Now Star's bent on revenge and boys are phoning Mary Jane's house day and night asking for special privileges. As for the boy in question, Jackson admits wanting to date Mary Jane, but isn't sure if he can end it with Star.

Does Mary Jane have the gumption to straighten out the rumors?

How far will girls go for the right boy and is the cost worth it in the end? Devour this book along with A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL by Tanya Lee Stone and kick girl power up a notch.
Lashae Williams More than 1 year ago
It was a good book
DeWanata More than 1 year ago
when i first saw the cover it caught my attention. I started reading the book and I couldn't stop. I would not put the book down. The plot line kept me guesting. I loved the fact that the ending was happy and the main character got what she wanted. The book made me laugh happy and at some point i wanted to fight. "Crazy in Love" can really play with your emotions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This seems good from what I read so far. I didn't finish it but it sounds pretty exciting. We'll see how it ends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this book I can really relate as a teenager I will be stuggling with some of the same stuff as I fall in love with the man of my dreams. This book has given me more reasons to stay pure until marriage. I most definetly have told my friends about this book, which is my favorite book of all time. This book explains how relationships don't need sex to make them great you just need the right person. Thank you Dandi for writing an amazing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!! This book was amazing. It actually told a story on how to live through high school. such a good book. if i didnt drop it at school and lose it i would deffinatly read it again! i love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was reading CosmoGirl magazine when I saw this book on a page of 'books to read'. I thought it looked good, so I bought it. I just finished it, in less than two days, and i absolutely LOVED it!!!!!! It was sooo good and it shows high school life as it really is! i would def read it again!!! Any girl, or boy, should read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing definately top 10!!!!!! ;)
lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
It was an ok kinda book,it helped pass the time for me. I think it would be a great book for most teen girls though. It tells the story through Mary Jane Ettermeyer's eyes,who's a senoir in high school. She goes through hell at school when a nasty rumors are started by the jealous girlfriend(Star) of a guy(Jackson) Mary Jane happnes to like.She deals with two differeent voices in her head trying to give her totally different advice all the time. First there's Plain Jane,every parents dream and then there MJ every parents worst nighmare. Mary Jane finds first love and has to make desicions most girls make in high school.
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Can four minutes really change your life? When Mary Jane leaves a party for four minutes with a boy to grab more soda, rumors start flying out of control. The boy in question is the school hottie, and boyfriend to Star, a very popular girl, not to mention Mary Jane's friend. She can¿t believe that people are talking about her and acting as though something major happened during that short time. Now Star¿s bent on revenge and boys are phoning Mary Jane¿s house day and night asking for special privileges. As for the boy in question, Jackson admits wanting to date Mary Jane, but isn¿t sure if he can end it with Star. Does Mary Jane have the gumption to straighten out the rumors? How far will girls go for the right boy and is the cost worth it in the end? Devour this book along with A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL by Tanya Lee Stone and kick girl power up a notch. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel