Crush

Crush

Following the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE, Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment - CRUSH!Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his...

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Title:Crush
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Crush Reviews

  • Josephine

    I love this series so much :o if there is a fourth book i can't wait :D

  • Jen

    I SO needed this as a palate cleanse after the last two horrific 1 star graphic novels I just read.

    This book is cute and sweet and everything I needed right now. I read the teaser handed out at ALA Annual 2018 and knew that I had to get my hands on the entire thing. I was right, it was so awesome! I didn't realize this was the third in a series, so now I have two other books to look forward to, yay!!

    This is a contemporary story from the POV of Jorge, a large middle schooler with two BFFs, Olivi

    I SO needed this as a palate cleanse after the last two horrific 1 star graphic novels I just read.

    This book is cute and sweet and everything I needed right now. I read the teaser handed out at ALA Annual 2018 and knew that I had to get my hands on the entire thing. I was right, it was so awesome! I didn't realize this was the third in a series, so now I have two other books to look forward to, yay!!

    This is a contemporary story from the POV of Jorge, a large middle schooler with two BFFs, Olivia and Russell. It is their story of how they dealt with middle school, classes, teachers, fellow students, gossip, crushes, etc.

    Jorge and Olivia were my favs, though the gym teacher was AWESOME. Russell was a bit of an idiot and I didn't like him, but he was true to a less self-assured pre-teen in middle school, so I can't hate on him. Just hate his initial behavior. He does grow and learn, so all is not lost.

    This book would be great for the middle school years and maybe a younger, precocious reader and upwards. Highly recommended. 5, shiny, love Jorge and Olivia, stars!

    My thanks to NetGalley and Yen Press/JY for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  • Skirmish

    Book Reaction:

    Rating: 5 Stars - absolutely perfect

  • Jacob Proffitt

    Chmakova knocked this one out of the park, too. Which is no surprise. Again, the characters fairly leap off the page and the story is so well-told that it takes you back to those middle school years and the rapid-fire changes and drama and pain and joy inherent in them. As with any great s

    Chmakova knocked this one out of the park, too. Which is no surprise. Again, the characters fairly leap off the page and the story is so well-told that it takes you back to those middle school years and the rapid-fire changes and drama and pain and joy inherent in them. As with any great storyteller, she does so in a way that evokes that age with sympathy and honesty. I really enjoyed the layers to this story and seeing Jorge struggle with being a good person even in the face of bad events. I liked his quiet calm that masked his occasional panic and I liked his willingness to find the best in others when he could.

    And I think I'll leave it with that. As the title implies, the story is largely about Jorge's crush on a girl. And Chmakova does such a fine job with that as the lead while exploring other aspects of friendship as well. And again, her art just blows me away with its evocative fine detail adding that extra meaning to a story already well-told.

  • Melissa McShane

    I ordered this months ago and then forgot about it until I got the notice that it had shipped. Though I love all of Svetlana Chmakova's work, my interest pales beside that of my daughter, whose mild reading disability translates to her being more comfortable with audiobooks and graphic novels. So I left it on her computer and texted her at work to say she had a surprise...and her reaction was gratifying.

    This series is brilliant in how it captures the middle school experience. When I read

    I ordered this months ago and then forgot about it until I got the notice that it had shipped. Though I love all of Svetlana Chmakova's work, my interest pales beside that of my daughter, whose mild reading disability translates to her being more comfortable with audiobooks and graphic novels. So I left it on her computer and texted her at work to say she had a surprise...and her reaction was gratifying.

    This series is brilliant in how it captures the middle school experience. When I read

    , I initially thought the attitudes and relationships were too mature for middle schoolers. And then I started remembering my own middle school experience. I'd blocked it out for being a traumatic period of confusion, growing awareness of boys, being bullied, and basically not knowing who I was or what I wanted to be. And Chmakova gets that.

    In

    , the story is about Jorge's crush on Jazmine, but it goes so much further than that into issues of body autonomy and going along with the crowd and the horrors of gossip. And all of it is done in a way that avoids being a lecture--which would kill the story dead. It's also a story about friendship and forgiveness. Jorge is eminently lovable, not just for being big and conscious of using his size to protect others, but because he has a clear grasp of right and wrong and never fails to act accordingly. If this

    a didactic story, I'd say he's the perfect role model, but it's not, and Jorge is simply the person he is...who happens to be someone any kid struggling to find his place in the world might look up to.

    I continue to look forward to more volumes in this delightful series.

  • Laura

    Having a crush is so hard, and is is doubly hard for Jorge, especially since the girl he has the crush on has a boyfriend.

    We "met" Jorge in earlier books in this series, but it is not necessary to read the other books, as each of them are self contained. Awkward and Brave build on each other, but you can pick any of the three books up and have a wonderful time seeing the drama that is middle school.

    There are the mean boys, rather than mean girls, in this story, which is a refreshing change. But

    Having a crush is so hard, and is is doubly hard for Jorge, especially since the girl he has the crush on has a boyfriend.

    We "met" Jorge in earlier books in this series, but it is not necessary to read the other books, as each of them are self contained. Awkward and Brave build on each other, but you can pick any of the three books up and have a wonderful time seeing the drama that is middle school.

    There are the mean boys, rather than mean girls, in this story, which is a refreshing change. But the mean boys really are just as bad as any mean girls, and the things they do to Jorge as a revenge are very mean spirited.

    The dialogue is fun. The feelings are very raw and real, and the characters are typical middle grade kids, who like to play video games, instead of studying, and who forget their homework, and other charms of going to school.

    Below are some sample panels of Jorge not knowing what to do or say when he is by his crush.

    Love this series, and can hardly wait for me to get a physical copy of this book, and then, hopefully await the next book in the series.

    Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest reveiw.

  • Amy

    4 Stars ****

    I don't feel that I could ever give a negative rating to a graphic novel because I always think of how much work they must be to create. I also enjoy reading them so much because they're fast and easy reads.

    This graphic novel "Crush" is about middle school children so I do feel like I'm too old for it but I still related in a reminiscent way. Jorge is the main character and obviously has a crush on a girl. The story is about him dealing with his fear of talking to girls and also dea

    4 Stars ****

    I don't feel that I could ever give a negative rating to a graphic novel because I always think of how much work they must be to create. I also enjoy reading them so much because they're fast and easy reads.

    This graphic novel "Crush" is about middle school children so I do feel like I'm too old for it but I still related in a reminiscent way. Jorge is the main character and obviously has a crush on a girl. The story is about him dealing with his fear of talking to girls and also dealing with middle school gossip and drama. Overall the characters were great and the story was cute and enjoyable.

    Special thanks to Netgalley and JY for allowing me an advance read copy in exchange for a honest review.

  • steph

    I love this series and want to gift it to every kid I know starting/in middle school. /end review

    No but seriously. I love the story lines, the artwork is SUPERB. I just really love Chmakova's illustrations and the way each panel just goes with each other. She says so much without saying a word (case in the point the cover in which everyone is faded out except Jorge staring at his crush. How true to life is that?!?!?!). I still think Brave is my favorite of this series so far (I just love Jensen

    I love this series and want to gift it to every kid I know starting/in middle school. /end review

    No but seriously. I love the story lines, the artwork is SUPERB. I just really love Chmakova's illustrations and the way each panel just goes with each other. She says so much without saying a word (case in the point the cover in which everyone is faded out except Jorge staring at his crush. How true to life is that?!?!?!). I still think Brave is my favorite of this series so far (I just love Jensen and his storyline!) but I really liked this one as well. Jorge is a quiet guy, one who doesn't say much but he really has a strong sense of self and strong foundation for what is right and what isn't which is hard to have in middle school. His friendship with Olivia and Garret was probably my favorite part of this, it is done so well!

    This is a standalone novel, you see some of the characters from the previous books in the background of the panels but since Jorge and his friends hang out with a totally different group than the others this is a book that can be picked up and read without reading any of the previous books. They all simply go to the same (big) Middle School but they don't all know each other. And I liked that. Also it makes recommending this series to the kids that come to the library so much easier since they don't have to start at book 1.

  • Yasmeena

    I WISHED IN

    TO SEE JORGE MORE

    NOW LOOK AT THIS ART

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