The Crushes

The Crushes

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by Pamela Wells
     
 

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Raven behaves as if it's okay for her to be applying the code to just anyone, but (not surprisingly), she finds it works best when directed at her kinda-sorta actual boyfriend, whether she's ready to commit to him or not. Alexia needs all the help she can get, because Ben is her first love and she's in way over her head. Sydney's back with longtime boyfriend Drew… See more details below

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Raven behaves as if it's okay for her to be applying the code to just anyone, but (not surprisingly), she finds it works best when directed at her kinda-sorta actual boyfriend, whether she's ready to commit to him or not. Alexia needs all the help she can get, because Ben is her first love and she's in way over her head. Sydney's back with longtime boyfriend Drew after a brief-but-terrible breakup, and this time she's determined not to mess things up with him. And Kelly is by herself, not dating anyone at all. Though there is someone she has her eye on.

Someone she shouldn't even be looking at, and definitely not someone to use the Crush Code on. Too bad he's taken. For now.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rachel Wadham
Having mended and formed new relationships with boyfriends according to the rules of their made-up breakup code in The Heartbreakers (Scholastic, 2007/VOYA February 2008), the four friends return in this sequel with new problems. Alexia, Raven, and Sydney are working hard to please their boyfriends while facing the challenges of physical and emotional distance. In addition, Alexia is deciding the right time to have sex. In their midst, Kelly is without a boyfriend, but when an attractive guy catches her attention, the friends consult the crush code of thirty-eight rules designed to help Kelly get her man and assist the others in keeping theirs. When they apply the code, their romantic relationships and their own friendship change dramatically as they make important decisions and move into the future. Teen girls who face their own romantic challenges will find connections here, but beyond that tie this novel has little to recommend it. The characters lack commitment, realism, and emotional depth. Many of the emotional issues they face are not completely resolved so there is no thematic discovery. The contrived, impractical, and childish rules provide no real structure or wisdom to the story. The narrative description constantly emphasizes mundane and unnecessary details that only serve to distract the reader. The plot is clichEd, and constant shifts between character viewpoints makes it confusing. The successful conclusion gives fans of the first something to enjoy, but anyone else looking for a serious read would do well to look elsewhere. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10

It's summer vacation and Kelly, Sydney, Alexia, and Raven are back in this frothy teen soap opera. Kelly doesn't have a boyfriend so the girls write the 35-rule Crush Code to help her get one. Meanwhile, photographer Sydney's back together with Drew, but madly crushing on Quin, who volunteers in the local hospital's pediatric ICU. Raven and Horace are still a couple, and still making beautiful music together, but when Horace goes out of town for a month, Raven falls for Blake, a semi-famous skateboarder. Alexia and Ben's love would be perfect, except that he pressures her into doing something she's not ready for. Before long, Drew falls in love with Kelly, and Sydney and Kelly's friendship is strained. Finally the girls get together to put the crush rules to rest, and everything is tied up into a neat package. Teens will enjoy this story, with its focus on romance and friendship, but lack of skill in the telling makes it pale in comparison to Ann Brashares's "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series (Delacorte).-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID

Kirkus Reviews
Four best friends who failed to learn from their mistakes are back for a summer of boys, breakups and text messaging. In this sequel to The Heartbreakers (2007), Alexia, Raven and Sydney are all convinced their relationships are pretty good. Using their dating expertise, they come up with a list of rules for their single friend Kelly on how to properly entice a crush. Kelly needs to do as her friends say and not as they do, however, because despite their stable relationships with their stomach-butterflies-inducing boyfriends, they're developing stomach-butterfly-inducing crushes on new boys. The Crush Code (a list of rules for crushes) puts a strain on the friendship and enhances the drama that is the microcosm of high-school relationships. Add in a little family turmoil and the end result is fun yet ultimately uninspiring, with indistinct characters and vanilla dialogue. Those who love to love will enjoy the never-ending supply of physically perfect boys and might sympathize with the girls, whose friendship almost comes to a halt over a boy. More critical romance readers will have trouble distinguishing between characters and keeping the story lines straight. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439026932
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.42(h) x 1.16(d)
Lexile:
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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