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Crush: 26 Real-Life Tales of First Love Paperback – May 24, 2011

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From the cringe-inducing crush to the heartbreak of unrequited love, this buoyant, nostalgic anthology features 26 authors chronicling their experiences with that certain tugging of the heart and its impact on their lives. --Booklist starred review

This fun, sometimes racy anthology collects 26 first-person tales of naive romance. There's something here for everyone who's ever fallen desperately, foolishly in love. --Publishers Weekly

It's full of hope, pain, ugly truth, and great beauty, sometimes all at once. Twenty-six wonderful writers bring all they are to the proceedings, and by the end, you'll be wishing for Volume II. --Adriana Trigiani

Funny, bittersweet and true. I can't imagine anyone reading this collection and not finding something in it to love. --Lynn Weingarten

With humor and courage, these twenty-six writers remind us of the infinite numbers of ways love can make us feel so alive yet so vulnerable. --Diana Joseph

About the Author

Andrea N. Richesin is the editor of The May Queen (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006) which was excerpted and praised in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Bust, Daily Candy and Babble. As a follow-up to Because I Love Her,

she is editing a forthcoming father-daughter anthology (Harlequin, May, 2010). She has worked for Thomson Publishing in London, Red Herring and Edutopia magazines, and McCann- Erickson in San Francisco. Visit her at nickirichesin.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892334
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,503,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this was a really cute book. I really enjoyed all the different types of first loves, from mere crushes on celebrities to full out romances. Heterosexual, gay, fantasy, it was all in there.

Some of the short stories made me laugh, some made me sigh with nostalgia, and some were those that I couldn't relate to personally but I enjoyed reading it all the same.

I guess what struck me the most is just how normal having a crush is. When you're a teenager you don't realize that everyone is going through the same thing as you. I really enjoyed that the authors put their hearts out on the line by writing about such an emotional experience (for a teenager or young adult anyway).

If you're looking for some nostalgia in your life, or simply love to read love stories, then definitely give this a read!

I received this book from Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.
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I love that feeling of first love and first crushes & this book has taken me back to every single one of mine. Was it Matt Alves? Or was it Brian Ragonese? No. It must've been Jordan Phelps. Aaah... My first, true love. Who was yours? This fabulous anthology will make you remember. I was lucky enough to catch Andrea Richesin & one of her book's authors, Daria Snadowsky, doing a (fantastic!) reading at my local bookstore & I was instantly hooked. I'm a fan of Andrea Richesin's anthologies & I've gotten something out of each one of them, but this one is my favorite right now. The words of these authors have said what I've wanted to so many times about so many different emotions while falling very hard in love &/or lust. Thank you to all 26 of the authors for letting me glimpse inside their lives & for making me see & feel more in my own. There were a few "Sorry, Mom" revelations in one of the essays. If I wrote a story of my favorite crush, I suppose I would have to apologize to my mom, too. This'll be one you'll want to read, share with a friend & read again.
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Essay collections can go either way for me. Sometimes I love the fact that I am reading short bursts of nonfiction, enriching my mind without really giving too much effort (sounds terrible, but it's kind of true), but sometimes I feel the collection drags on without much purpose and I end up being bored. Thankfully, Crush was of the first variety for me. I loved getting a peek into these authors' first crush stories and hung onto just about every word written here.

What I most loved about Crush is that Richesin got some really big-name authors to contribute to the collection. This was great for two reasons. First of all, it gives the reader a little peek inside a favorite author's mind and life, and second of all, it makes for some very well-written essays.

I definitely recommend picking up Crush - it is sweet, funny, and reminded me what it felt like to have that first crush. I think it will have the same effect on you!
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This is one of those anthologies you grab and go with, absorbing each new essay with a grin and sometimes a tear. Ann Hood, Jacquline Mitchard, and 24 other bestselling authors talk about their first crush and what it means to fall in love, often with shocking results. First rate fare for people who love, or once loved -- and want to love again.
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