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

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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 tells her he can’t possibly think she’s cute, while 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. . . .

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440630743
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
572,925
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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