Crush Control

Crush Control

by Jennifer Jabaley

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ISBN-13: 9781101535226
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/09/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 404 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Jabaley grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and has been known to spend more time modeling sunglasses than seeing patients at her optometry practice. Jen lives in Blue Ridge, Georgia, with her husband and two small children.

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Crush Control 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
After reading Jennifer Jabaley's smashing and bittersweet Lipstick Apology, I was eager to read more by her. Therefor when Crush Control, her second YA novel, landed in my hands, I was eager to devour it one page at a time. Thankfully Crush Control was a great second novel, because not only was the premise fresh and enticing, but the characters were relatable and fun to read about it. Crush Control opens up just as nine-year-old Willow Grey is about to hypnotize her best friend Max to stay her best friend until the end of time. For some, this may be extreme, but for Willow, it is her only way to take control of the fact she will be moving to Las Vegas in a few days, and thankfully enough, it works. Max and her stay best friends throughout the years, talking every day on the phone, exchanging text messages, and just being there for each other, which makes the fact that a now seventeen-year-old Willow will be moving back to their hometown even more perfect. However, not everything is as perfect as Willow bargained, because as soon as she sees Max, she knows she wants to be more than just friends, while Max seems to think being friends is good enough. Willow knows she needs a plan to get the guy of her dreams, but will hypnotizing him be worth the risk? Only time and more pages can tell in this action packed novel! Willow was the type of character whom it is easy to be torn over, because while Willow was a sweet and nice girl at heart, her actions and manipulative side did not always show that. However, while this aspect made me take a while to warm up to her, it also made her all the more real so to say, because when it comes down Willow's dilemmas with mind control can easily be shown at as yet another way people, especially teens, seek control over their lives. Another aspect that made Willow down to earth, in my eyes, was her relationship with her mom. Very Gilmore Girl-ish, it was a very sweet and unique add to the story. I also loved the secondary characters introduced in this such as Georgia, the girl whose obsession with soap operas will never cease to make you laugh, and Mia, the cheerleader with a lot of heart. As mentioned before, the premise of Crush Control was very refreshing. I enjoyed the idea of seeing a teen deal with the advantages and disadvantages that come with mind control, and better yet, Jennifer Jabaley execution of the was nothing short of great. It was always fun to see all the twists, turns, and complications that came from it, especially when Willow grew as a character because of it. The area dealing with Willow and Max was also interesting, especially when you added Quinton to the mix, as I never knew exactly how everything was going to turn out. Jennifer's writing in this was also descent. She did a great job of developing the characters in an easy to relate to way, and I loved all the pop culture references. Light, breezy, and full of fun, Crush Control is yet another great addition to your summer reading list, as it's sure to have you rooting for Willow (if not all the characters) every step of the way. Grade: B+
JRlibrary on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Not very exciting; a girl who is friends with a boy when they are young hypnotizes him into remaining friends forever when she moves away, but then, when she moves back and rediscovers her best friend, she wants him to see her as more than just a "friend". A fluffy story that would be enjoyed by girly girls who don't demand much in a plot.
Angelscryhavoc on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Book Title: Crush ControlAuthor: Jennifer JabaleyPublished By: RazorbillGenre: Young AdultRecommended Age: 13+Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavocBlog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary CommunityRating: 4 RavensCute, That¿s the first word that comes to mind when I think about this book. The author has found a very unique and interesting way to put the turmoil of being the new girl but not really the new girl out in the open the stresses of the character and the desire to be something that she¿s not but what others think her to be. The need to be accepted and thought of more than she first might have been. It rushes through turmoil , trouble and a little bit of crazy in the end it ties up adorably and I was pleased with the ending just wish there was a little more story telling. That being said I¿ll give a little synopsis of the way I viewed the book. The story is set in Worthington , Georgia it¿s Willow¿s hometown , but when she was eight she and her mother had moved away to Las Vegas. Over the years she has stayed friends with her best friend Max back in Georgia and they have shared each others ups and downs always the best friends always the boy or girl the other could fall back on when things didn¿t seem to go their way. Willow shortly after one of her boyfriends comes to realize that she¿s in love with Max and waits for him¿ Finally the time has come to move back and she thinks things are going to all go her way.Max is more than excited when his best friend has moved back to town. Things start out fine spending time with each other and enjoy the other. But as he starts to feel more for Willow he sees things going a little more out of control or what he thinks are wrong. Rifts form but not for the reasons Willow expects. Max is in love with her but due to a little hypnosis when they were young Max is struggling when he wants more than friendship all he can think about is friendship. The question is will things work out or will they just get worse.A wonderful story by Jennifer Jabaley and I¿m looking forward for more to come.
theepicrat on LibraryThing 5 months ago
crush control is the perfect example of why I try to give authors a second shot of winning me over. I may not have been wowed by lipstick apology, but crush control definitely puts Jennifer Jabaley back on my TBR radar.THE GOOD BITS{Cute story concept} crush control reminds me of something, maybe as far as unique parents go. Whereas Elizabeth Scott goes with ex-playboy bunny, Jennifer Jabaley goes with a former Las Vegas hypnotist for Willow¿s mom. Bizarre as it sounds, it definitely works for the story! All these YA contemporary books that speak of ¿mind control¿ when the mean girls rule the school, but how interesting to introduce actual hypnosis into the high school dynamics!{Hypnotized or not hypnotized?} I think this was the main question of the story, and Willow had to determine if hypnosis was really the answer to her heart¿s desire. Does she have the heart to undo the hypnosis and put her feelings out there to be possibly rejected? Especially when she hypnotized Max to be her BFF before she left for Las Vegas and he now has a super-sweet girlfriend when Willow returns to Georgia. What a dilemma!THE BAD BITS{Cute, but not to the power of cuteness} I think crush control could have been taken up another notch to make it beyond the comprehension of cute. The drama potential was there, but it needed a little more fuel to really burn. For instance, I think Max¿s all-too-sugary girlfriend could have milked the jealousy factor and given Willow something more to untangle. It definitely would have given more reason for readers to dislike Max¿s girlfriend more ¿ or it could have really driven the sympathy card in her favor.THE OVERALLcrush control may not have rendered me into a babbly mess like Elizabath Scott tends to do, but I feel that it has the potential to ¿ and that gets me interested to see what Jennifer Jabaley brings to the table next!
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing 5 months ago
What would you do if you could hypnotize people and make them do whatever you want? Or think whatever you wanted them to think?Willow and her mother are experts at hypnotizing people and making a living out of it. They moved to Las Vegas to start a new life and even had their own show. Eventually they move back to their hometown in GA and attempt to start over again. This is good news for Willow since she is secretly in love with her best friend Max since childhood. Once they are back home, things aren't exactly what she thought they would be. Max has a girlfriend and now Willow has to split her time with him and his new girlfriend. Willow knows she should take a chance, but she completely doubts herself and even though the signs are in her face, she is still so blind.She makes friends with a couple of the popular students in school who turn to Willow for help. This includes Quinton, who needed her help with sleepwalking, only Willow took it a little to far. Not only did she help him, but she made him fall in love with her to make Max jealous. Things get really crazy and she learns the hard way that playing with a persons mind isn't always fun or helpful.I found Crush Control very funny, but at the same time predictable. Which wasn't a bad thing because the story went the way I was hoping. It's a fast read and interesting enough that you will read until the very end. I really liked Max and Willow and loved their friendship. Even though they were separated when Willow was nine years old, they kept in touch and remained very close. When they finally see each other again, it was like she never left.If you're looking for something light and fast paced, Crush Control is definitely the book you need to pick up.3.5 stars out of 5!
sithereandread on LibraryThing 5 months ago
CRUSH CONTROL, by Jennifer Jabaley, is an adorable book about love and the lengths you will go to hold onto it. Willow takes a dangerous step toward the unknown when she hypnotizes a popular boy to get her real crush to notice her. Chaos ensues and Willow needs to make things right again even if the consequences will not be in her favor. I had a lot of fun reading this book. I immediately loved Willow's 'voice' and I was interested to see what her relationship with Max would turn out to be. The first chapter shows their friendship as children and then Willow moves away to Las Vegas with her mother. Years later she returns and finds her Max has himself a girlfriend and she is stuck in the friend zone. What wouldn't I do for the talent to hypnotize, especially back in high school. Willow plays with fire and the stakes rise each time she performs a hypnotism to her new friends. I thought it was hilarious how Quinton acted when under a trace, Willow should have picked up on the warning bells a bit sooner then she let on. Jabaley created really awesome chemistry between Willow and Max. Knowing (almost) everything about a person is really a great basis for a relationship and I was anxious to see if these two could make it after everything was said and done. This is a nice and fun read that I think anyone will enjoy, because seriously who hasn't thought of how your life could change if you had the ability to control minds?
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I loved this book. I loved the story, I loved the characters and I loved the experience of reading it.After living in Vegas for most of her life, helping her mother with her Hip Hypnotist shows, Willow is uprooted and brought back the small Georgia town were she was born. Willow takes the move as a chance to redefine herself, to start over fresh. Somehow, "starting over fresh" turns into Willow pretending that she was the Hip Hypnotist back in Vegas, which, as you can imagine, does not turn out to well. Willow wants to make friends, she wants to make others happy, she wants her best friend since as long as she can remember, Max, to see her as more than a friend.... one decision leads her into a complicated web of hypnotisms. She starts to see the effects hypnotism can have on someone's life, but by then she is already knee deep in trouble.This story was really fun, and something different, for me at least. I don't know about you, but I've never read a YA book dealing with hypnotism, so it was a new concept to explore. The plot was really well structured, it moved along well and had me eagerly reading. A good plot is great, but the characters were amazing. I loved each and every one of them, as well as their relationships with each other. Of course I loved Willow and Max, but my favorite character was one of the new friends she makes. She is absolutely hilarious, once you read the book, you will know who I'm talking about. I love how she always made media references. The references would be so up to date that it made it seem like the story was happening this minute (which, I guess it will lose in a few more months). From Willow's venture into hypnotism, to complicated relationships, and Oompa, the Cher loving, hump-anything-that-moves terrier, this book is a fabulous, hilarious read. I would definitely recommend it - it is a great read for summer!
Kristi_TheBookFaery on LibraryThing 5 months ago
THE FAERYS VIEWMs. Jabaley wrote an entertaining and fun YA read for all ages! Willow Grey was ripped away from her best pal, Max when they were 9 years old but not before she 'made' him promise to always be her best friend forever!She returns at seventeen to find that Max has filled out and is completely "CRUSH" worthy! They've kept in touch almost daily since she left but seeing him in person has reinforced the feelings that have been growing in Willow's heart, a more than best friends feeling-the dry-mouth, weak knee'd and I want to kiss your whole face feeling. Needless to say, things don't work out quite the way Willow planned but since she watched her gorgeous and engaging mother hypnotize people for years, she figures the best way to get Max is---Get him jealous! She performs a hilarious hypnotist routine at a party and finds the perfect subject to make Max jealous only things don't exactly turn out the way Willow planned.Willow learns the hard way that love shouldn't be forced and when something is meant to be, it will be. I really liked the concept of this book, the storyline moves along at a nice pace and I whipped through it pretty quickly, never getting bored. There's much more to the book, Willow's relationship with her mother and grandparents along with other issues that I felt sent a great message. I'd recommend this book to friends and family. Ages 12+
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
  While moving to Las Vegas was bad for Willow Grey, leaving her best friend, Max was worse.  To make sure he always stays her best friend, she hypnotizes him, but at age nine, she's not sure it will work.  Now that she's seventeen, her mom decides that they should move back to Georgia. She's going back to her home town, which means her best friend too.    Willow realizes how much she admires Max and she wants to tell him.      This book is very well written and speaks directly to preteens and teens.  Thought provoking and exploring young love in a very sweet book.  Characters your child will relate to easily and get excited about, keeping them reading even more.      I found no issues with this one.      I give this book 5 cheers out of 5 because it's something I'm sure all teen girls can relate too. Reviewed by Holly Baron, age 12  ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Willow, I think her name was, was really relatable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was cute and funny but it dragged on a bit in some parts. I also found the ending very predictable.
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epicrat More than 1 year ago
crush control is the perfect example of why I try to give authors a second shot of winning me over. I may not have been wowed by lipstick apology, but crush control definitely puts Jennifer Jabaley back on my TBR radar. THE GOOD BITS {Cute story concept} crush control reminds me of something, maybe as far as unique parents go. Whereas Elizabeth Scott goes with ex-playboy bunny, Jennifer Jabaley goes with a former Las Vegas hypnotist for Willow’s mom. Bizarre as it sounds, it definitely works for the story! All these YA contemporary books that speak of “mind control” when the mean girls rule the school, but how interesting to introduce actual hypnosis into the high school dynamics! {Hypnotized or not hypnotized?} I think this was the main question of the story, and Willow had to determine if hypnosis was really the answer to her heart’s desire. Does she have the heart to undo the hypnosis and put her feelings out there to be possibly rejected? Especially when she hypnotized Max to be her BFF before she left for Las Vegas and he now has a super-sweet girlfriend when Willow returns to Georgia. What a dilemma! THE BAD BITS {Cute, but not to the power of cuteness} I think crush control could have been taken up another notch to make it beyond the comprehension of cute. The drama potential was there, but it needed a little more fuel to really burn. For instance, I think Max’s all-too-sugary girlfriend could have milked the jealousy factor and given Willow something more to untangle. It definitely would have given more reason for readers to dislike Max’s girlfriend more – or it could have really driven the sympathy card in her favor. THE OVERALL crush control may not have rendered me into a babbly mess like Elizabath Scott tends to do, but I feel that it has the potential to – and that gets me interested to see what Jennifer Jabaley brings to the table next!
Flybrariman More than 1 year ago
It's not terribly difficult to forsee the various disasters that MC Willow inflicts on herself and others, nor is it hard to see how things will eventually work themselves out. But there's lots of fun to be had along the way. Willow is a charming MC, who could benefit from a good shake now and then, but has a sweet, sensitve and kind heart, although it is fraught with bad judgment and poor impulse control. There are several great supporting characters as well - her quirkster friend, Georgia; her single mom struggling with her own issues of identity and parental acceptance; the surface perfect but vulnerable cheerleader; and of course two hunky boys for Willow to obssess over. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the way the author worked the themes of A Midsummer Night's Dream into the story. I love when authors introduce a book like that in a way that illuminates the action and also moves the plot forward - like Leaves of Grass in Paper Towns, or Pride and Prejudice in Between the Lines. This book also features a really great "meet cute" scene with one of the aforesaid boys on Willow's first day back in the small Georgia town they've returned to from Las Vegas. Believable emotions, if farfetched situations, and warmly portrayed lovable characters made this a pleasurable, quick read.
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Jessica-IReadtoRelax More than 1 year ago
I've always been both fascinated and terrified by hypnotism. It's supposed to have helped a lot of people with really serious issues (I'd love a subliminal message somedays that NO, I do not need to eat that cupcake...) but when I think about hypnotism, what usually jumps right into my head first is those shows where people end up making total fools of themselves and I just can't even imagine volunteering to participate in something like that! Imagine my delight when I started reading Crush Control and I realized that this book actually contains both of those exact types of hypnotism! Willow's mother has run a Vegas hypnotism show for nine years and so when they move back home to Georgia, Willow quickly gets talked into doing a "show" for the kids from school. This insta-hit (with the "funny" style hypnosis where people end up doing stupid things) leads to several of Willow's new friends to help them with various problems through hypnosis. One of Willow's new friends is Mia, the Queen Bee of their school. Captain of the Cheer Squad, Mia's expected to do more and more intricate stunts. When her fear of heights overwhelms her, she turns to Willow for help. Willow, though reluctant, helps Mia to push past her fears. Having figured out what Willow had done for Mia, Quinton, a very hot guy from school asks Willow for help with sleepwalking issues. Again, Mia's not really sure if she should try to help. Her mother was the real hypnotist, after all, and has only just moved into the realm of therapeutic hypnosis, but Willow caves and studies her mom's books to know what she's doing. Unable to help herself and totally frustrated with her unrequited feelings for her best friend, Max, Willow secretly hypnotizes Quinton to not only stop sleepwalking, but also become her boyfriend. Her uber-sensitive, caring, treat her like the goddess she is...boyfriend. Which, of course, totally backfires and leads to all kinds of high-jinks and worsening situations with Max, who not only doesn't like her relationship with Quinton, but also keeps telling her she shouldn't be doing any hypnosis. Willow's voice (often in internal dialogue mode) sparkles throughout this funny and touching book. Even as she is totally unsure of herself, she works to make things work, to sound at least reasonably intelligent, and to keep from hurting anyone's feelings. She was a character that I totally got. Her pining for Max felt so realistic...I can remember having a crush just like that when I was younger! The difficulties that Willow had with Quinton made me laugh out loud, even as I was cringing in embarrassment right alongside Willow. All girls want a little romance, but too much easily becomes smothering and poor, hypnotized Quinton went even a step beyond that to crazy! While dealing with her new friends at school, Willow is also dealing with trying to reconcile her family. When they moved to Vegas nine years before, it was because Willow's mother and grandmother had a huge fight. Now, Willow's grandfather has had a stroke and they've come home to be closer to their family, but her mother and grandmother still can't get along. Once again, I totally related to Willow's struggle to please every member of her family while still wanting everyone to just get along and accept one another. Touching and funny, poignant and thought-provoking, Jabaley's written a real winner. I can't wait now to go back and read her other novel, Lipstick Apology.
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