"Crush Control" Review

"Crush Control"
by Jennifer Jabaley
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: June 9, 2011
Source: sent by publicist

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from goodreads.com:

Willow has spent most of her life as her mother's sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she's in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall madly, deeply, head over heels in love with her. But what started out as an innocent way to make her best friend, Max, jealous soon gets way out of hand, and Willow begins to wonder if the mind - and more importantly, the heart - is something you can really control.

My Review: 

This is what great YA fiction is all about! A cute romance, great family relationships, a story with a lot of heart, and a little supernatural twist.

Quinton was just too adorable as her hypnotized boyfriend. Never mind that she was using hypnosis to make him what she thought was her perfect boyfriend! It was too cute too see him take the smitten boyfriend to the extreme.

I liked the storyline with Willow's family a lot. It felt very real. Even though she, her mother, and her grandmother all clashed at times, you could tell there was a lot of love in their family.

I also liked that the "mean girl" cheerleader really wasn't that mean after all. Mia was a well-rounded character who actually added a lot to the story.

My only complaint about the book was that Willow and her best friend did get a little silly with all the remedies they used in order to un-hypnotize Quinton. Other than that, I couldn't find a fault with this book if I tried.

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Writing: 5/5

Bottom Line: This is the perfect 'anytime' read-a real page turner with a lot of heart. I can't wait to see what's next from this author.


  1. Sounds like an interesting story, and the cover is quite eye catching as well!

  2. I always like it when a YA book depicts family relationships as well and not just romance. Crush Control seems like a nice, fun read. I will check it out.

  3. Great review! This sounds like a fun & unique read! I’d seen it around, but didn’t actually know what it was about. Now I’ll have to check it out :)

  4. I am glad the mean girl is not mean at all cos I do hate mean girls in YA books

  5. This sounds like a really fun book. I'll have to look out for it.


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