Major Crush

Major Crush

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by Jennifer Echols

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Marching to the beat of a different drum...

Tired of the beauty-pagean circuit, Virginia Sauter tosses her tiara, pierces her nose, and auditions for the most unlikely of roles -- drum major of the high school marching band.

Virginia wins, but is forced to share the title with Drew, whose family has held the position for generations. Sure,


Marching to the beat of a different drum...

Tired of the beauty-pagean circuit, Virginia Sauter tosses her tiara, pierces her nose, and auditions for the most unlikely of roles -- drum major of the high school marching band.

Virginia wins, but is forced to share the title with Drew, whose family has held the position for generations. Sure, Drew is hot, but because of his superior attitude, he and Virginia are constantly arguing. That is, until they share more than just their half-time salute...

But as the drum major's heated competition turns to sizzling romance, explosive rumors threaten everything -- including the band's success. Love seemed to be a sure hit, but Virginia and Drew may be marching straight into disaster.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Amanda MacGregor
Much to her delight, 16-year-old Virginia wins a spot as drum major of her high school band, a position she has coveted. But it turns out not to be everything she had hoped. She has to be co-drum major with Drew, a boy she secretly has a crush on but spends most of her time arguing with. Nasty rumors about how Virginia won the election plague her. Some of her peers insist she slept with the band teacher, others say she won the whole election, but Drew was also given the position so people would feel less offended that a girl won. Instead of feeling powerful and proud to be the town's first-ever female drum major, she struggles to gain respect. The chasm between Drew and Virginia threatens to destroy the band, so their teacher counsels them to be honest with each other in an effort to work better together. They reveal more than just their feelings about band, but quickly find their romance at risk thanks to rumors both old and new. Major Crush is predictable and has a tendency to drag. Neither the writing nor the plot is particularly noteworthy. However, Echols still manages to create a surprisingly fun read that overcomes these negatives. Though it takes a while for readers to warm to the characters, Virginia and Drew's relationship is multifaceted enough to keep the story interesting. As the novel progresses, the storyline widens to encompass more serious issues with Virginia's parents, her best friend Allison, and Drew's home life. This is a good addition to any leisure reading collection. It won't challenge a reader much, but it will provide a few hours of light entertainment.
Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Virginia and Drew are both the drum majors but don't get along. Drew was drum major last year and doesn't need anyone to help him. Virginia wants to prove a girl can do the job. Mr. Rush, the new band director, says they must work together or they will be out of a job. First step is for Virginia to dress in a short skirt and high boots and for the two of them to do a "dip" together. Drew is willing, but Virginia is flippant and sarcastic. In fact, the way all the students and Mr. Rush talk to each other it's amazing they ever get along and resolve their issues. They swear, are insensitive, and treat each other with no respect. For example, Virginia is cruel to Walter, who is her lifelong friend and has a crush on her. The book is politically correct, however, with Alison, Virginia's best friend, being African American and winning the Miss Homecoming title, although one of the evil twins is runner-up and refuses to accept her title in the wake of a "Black." In the end, Alison feels accepted by the high school students, Drew and Virginia are dating each other, and the band wins the competition. All ends happily ever after.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Virginia Sauter throws in her tiara, pierces her nose, and quits the beauty-pageant circuit to try out to become drum major at her high school. Winning is bittersweet when she must share the title with Drew, whose family members have held the position for generations. Despite the fact that he is competitive and dating one of the Evil Twins, Tracey or Cacey (even he isn't sure which one), Virginia thinks that he is hot. To complicate matters further, the drum-major role isn't what she envisioned it to be and she begins to believe that she made a big mistake. The protagonist is also dealing with the aftermath of her father's extramarital affair; while her mother has forgiven him, Virginia cannot. However, the issues never get in the way of this entertaining story. The characters' voices are real, and situations are dealt with in a believable way. Readers looking for romance and a few laughs won't be disappointed.-Angela M. Boccuzzi-Reichert, Merton Williams Middle School, Hilton, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her at

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
If you're thinking that MAJOR CRUSH is another one of those "one time, at band camp" stories, then you're sorely mistaken! I have to say that this is one of the best, not to mention funniest, young adult romance stories I've read this year.

Sixteen-year-old Virginia Sauter has just gotten the job as co-drum major of the high school marching band. A position she just happens to share with her crush-of-a-lifetime, Drew Morrow. Having given up her life on the beauty pageant circle, fashionista Virginia has given way to manly band uniforms, orthopedic shoes, and a nose stud. She knows she's not the prettiest, or most popular, girl in school, and now that she's working closely with Drew--and if the first game of the season is any proof of the matter, failing miserably--she's at the center of jealous girlfriends and rude gossips.

It seems that Drew isn't enjoying working with Virginia, either. She knows he's not happy about their co-drum major status; after all, Drew's family has held the position--alone--for a long, long time. So when he's not harping at her about not arguing in public, or the fact that he won't stoop to her "juvenile" level, he's giving off signals that Virginia just can't interpret.

When it becomes obvious (sort of), that Drew just might be crushing on Virginia as hard as she is on him, things really start to get interesting. As the two drum majors struggle to work together and create a band that the school, and the band instructor, can be proud of, they'll have to deal with their attraction in a way that hopefully won't create major fireworks.

MAJOR CRUSH is a quick, fun read that anyone can enjoy. It's obvious that Ms. Echols herself loves the marching band, and even though I never got to experience any of those "one time, at band camp" stories myself, I truly enjoyed seeing it through Virginia and Drew's eyes. With well-devoloped characters, fresh dialogue, and a great cast of supporting characters, MAJOR CRUSH is one story you don't want to miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree-- Omg, this is one of the greatest band books ever written in the history of time!!! I loved it. My favorite part was the dip. I have to admit though I felt really really bad about Walter. And Virginia and her dad, it's so sad, I can't imagine. If you haven't read it or are doubting getting let me tell you something: YOU HAVEN'T READ ANYTHING LIKE THIS AND WILL REGRET FOREVER NOT READING IT.
TheNerdyJournalist More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe how long it took me to grab a copy of “Major Crush,” especially since Jennifer Echols is my favorite contemporary author and “Major Crush” was her first book. I stayed awake until 2 a.m. on a school night, trying to finish the book. Unfortunately, my fatigue won the battle against my desire to read, and I had a few chapters to read the next morning. I then proceeded to walk right into my math teacher the next morning because I was busy finishing the last pages. The moral of my story: don’t start a Jennifer Echols book when you know that you have important stuff to do the next day (i.e. school). As is expected in an Echols book, the main character is refreshingly frank, has a dry wit, and has some serious talent (in this case, Virginia is musically gifted). In other words, Virginia—just like most of Echols’s main characters—is badass. She knows how to hold her own against Drew and the raging… erm, witches… at her school. I’ve read some hilarious things in “Such a Rush,” “Dirty Little Secret,” etc., but this is definitely the funniest book I have read in a really long time. I had a pillow smothered against my mouth the entire time so I wouldn’t wake up my parents with my laughter. I’m not talking about little chuckles either. I’m talking all-out, loud, unladylike giggle-snorting. I was going to add some of my favorite funny moments from the book, but I changed my mind. Reading the quotes in a review just doesn’t have the same effect as stumbling upon them as you read. Besides, almost every other paragraph made me laugh, and I don’t want my review to be entirely quotes. As funny as the book is, it does have an actual plot, too. I really enjoyed watching—I use the term “watching” because goods books are like TV in my head—Drew and Virginia get to know each other and learn how to work together. Their entire relationship, from start to finish, is full of flirting, slyly inserted double entendres and that classic love-hate tension that Echols does so well. And, of course, all of that tension must lead to more ;) *swoon* They both have uneasy relationships with their parents and a tendency to hide their feelings. Virginia hides behind her edgy new style (complete with a nose ring), and Drew hides behind his “General Paton” Mr. Do-As-I-Say attitude. To their surprise, they start confiding in each other. Bonus points for passive aggressive use of SAT vocab: “Captious.” “Finding fault with every little thing.” I thumbed some more. “Vituperate.” “To find fault.” I skipped a whole section of pages to find one he hadn’t studied. “Excoriate.” “To denounce severely.” “You know all of these,” I said. “Invective.” “An insult.” “Bravado,” I said. “A pretentious display of courage. Do you mean me?” “Abjure,” I said. “Abjure” was like “abdicate.” Give up the throne. Give up the drum major position. Drew didn’t recite the definition, but he knew what I was getting at. “You wish,” he said. “I can’t believe I’m dying of scarlet fever and you’re using SA T words to argue with me.” “I’m not using SAT words to argue with you.” “You’ve got that whole book, and you just happen to vituperate and excoriate and throw invectives at me? And you say my girlfriend is evil?” Bottom Line Though “Major Crush” wasn’t quite as striking as Echols’s new, more serious novels, it is one her most addicting. It’s definitely her funniest. This is a really quick read with memorable characters (especially a certain quirky band director) and a cute, romantic storyline. The chemistry between Drew and Virginia is just perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago before i got the nook. I used to hate reading, i didn't understand why my best friend wasted her time on books when she could be watching tv or something. (Don't hold this against me, i was young and didn't know any better) Anyway, she handed this book to me and said, "Here, read this, if you still don't like it then i promise to never ask you to read a book again. Because if you don't like it, there is obviously no hope for you." I finished it in a day and a half! (Coming from a person who hated reading at the time) I honestly don't think i would be reading books if it weren't for my persistant best friend and Major Crush! I love this book!... incase that didn't already come across:p
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mosete More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was so funny, and i just couldn't put it down. One of the best books i have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems like an awesome book! And l only read the sample! #:)
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When you think you know whats goin 2 happen it doesnt. Soooo cool to guess what goin to hap
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This book was really good! The romance was addictive! It starts out a little slow but it's worth it!
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Mmonteiro33 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Echols is one of my favorite authors I love all her books. This was a cute story, but my least favorite. I liked Drew but I hated his temper. I don't think I will read this book again but I'm glad I read it once.
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