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Crush is a humorous middlegrade novel by Gary Paulsen, and the companion to Liar, Liar and Flat Broke.

For maximum reading pleasure, I’d recommend reading Liar, Liar and Flat Broke before Crush – that way you’ll have all the background on these amusing books!

Usually fourteen-year-old Kevin Spencer has a superb gift of gab – that is, until Tina Zabinski, the Most Beautiful Girl in the World, is within eyesight. In that case he’s a frozen, mute, dumb, clumsy involuntarily foolish facsimile of himself.

But he knows that they are Destined to be together – if he can ever speak two words to her without tripping.

When a new guy arrives at school and begins spending time with Tina, Kevin knows he needs to speed up the process of actually asking her out on a date. But before he does that, Kevin decides that he needs to take a scientific, observational approach to the ways of men and women’s romantic lives.

Kevin wants to be an expert before he attempts anything. He’s determined to figure out the formula that will cause Tina to realize his perfect-boyfriend material.

So, with the aplomb that only Kevin has, he begins to set up experiments, like a good researcher.

Only problem? His experimentations involve people. People that don’t actually know they’re being used as test subjects…

Oh, Kevin.

I thoroughly enjoyed both Liar, Liar and Flat Broke as Kevin is just one of those memorable, stand-out characters. So, are all the secondary characters in fact! Gary Paulsen really does know how to divert us – and with a shockingly small amount of pages!

Crush features our laugh-out-loud character in yet another light-hearted, fun novel. Hilarious dialogue and one-of-a-kind characters populate the slim story, which is a snapping plot full of clueless shenanigans and schemes. This is a truly desperate Kevin in need of romantic assistance – looking in all the wrong places!

While Kevin makes a good-natured mess of things, I’m entertained. Plain and simple. Crush is a delightful change of pace, a chance to read something very quickly with a smile on your face nearly 100% of the time.

I know that, for me, among life, work, and the tiredness that former brings – a book like Crush can be a breath of fresh air. Join the fun and read Crush!


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