Crush Control

Crush Control

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by Jennifer Jabaley
     
 

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Willow has spent most of her life as her mother's sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she's in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to… See more details below

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Willow has spent most of her life as her mother's sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she's in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall madly, deeply, head over heels in love with her. But what started out as an innocent way to make her best friend, Max, jealous soon gets way out of hand, and Willow begins to wonder if the mind - and more importantly, the heart - is something you can really control.

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VOYA - Dianna Geers
Willow's mom was a performance hypnotist in Las Vegas from the time Willow was nine until she was seventeen. Willow spent many late nights helping her mom on stage. Wanting to create a more stable environment for Willow, her mom moves both of them back to their small hometown in Georgia. Willow is devastated to find that her best friend, Max, has moved on with his love life during her absence. Even though Willow is not experienced, she reluctantly agrees to perform hypnotism on a few of her new friends from school. While she is at it, she works on a plan to make Max so jealous that he will fall in love with her. Willow soon finds out that controlling someone's mind does not always work as planned. In fact, behaviors of others begin to go completely out of control. How many of the problems are due to her hypnotism? And how can she undo her actions? Using hypnotism as a fun twist to traditional chick lit, Jabaley has created a quick read and a likable protagonist in Willow Grey. Readers who enjoy chick lit will also like reading Crush Control. They will hope for Willow's success, cringe while predicting the outcomes of her sometimes impulsive decisions, and laugh wondering what else could go wrong? Reviewer: Dianna Geers
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Willow Grey spends most of her teen life hiding in her mom's shadow as a performer in a Vegas show, where she hypnotizes audience members. Willow's mom chose to live in Vegas to avoid her own parents' disproval of what she does for a living. This move, when she was nine years old, meant that Willow left behind her best friend, Max, and now she cannot wait to reunite that friendship as her mom decides to move back where her grandparents live. The tension between Willow's Mom and her grandma still exists, with Willow caught in the middle. On top of that, Willow tries too hard to make new friends when she realizes Max has moved on with a girlfriend. She uses hypnotism to help her gain a new love interest and to become the most popular girl in school, even after she was told not to do this by her mom. Will Willow fix her situation or make it worse? Even though predictable, using hypnotism gives it a unique twist to normal teen books that deals in dysfunctional relationships. The characters shine thru as individuals with growing problems from the most popular to the least popular which opens this book up to a variety of audiences. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—Willow Grey, 17, is elated when her single mother, who was a popular, sexy "Hip Hypnotist in Vegas," decides to focus her skills in a more conventional way and move the duo back to their small hometown in Georgia. Willow can't wait to see her BFF Max again and to try to reestablish a relationship with her conventional and judgmental grandmother and ill grandfather. While Willow is thrilled that Max is just as wonderful, and even more handsome, than she remembered, she is not so elated when sweet, pretty Minnie steps into his arms and plants a big kiss on his lips. It doesn't take long before Willow realizes that what she feels for Max is much more than friendship, and she considers that maybe a little jealousy will make him look at her differently. At a party, Willow demonstrates the hypnosis techniques that she's watched her mother use, and she decides to make the hottest guy in school treat her like a goddess. Her session with Quinton, though, makes him unbearably needy and clingy. Even worse, her hypnotic suggestions to a classmate result in serious injury. Mom not only saves the situation, but also takes a big step in gaining respect in the eyes of her formerly disapproving parents. While the fluffy plot premise is predictable, readers will empathize with Willow's realistic desire to fit in at a new school and her seemingly unrequited love situation. Like Jabaley's Lipstick Apology (Penguin, 2009), Crush Control demonstrates the axiom that love means accepting and appreciating friends and family as they are.—Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101535226
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/09/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,174,144
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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