- File Size: 2240 KB
- Print Length: 198 pages
- Publisher: Hatco Publishing (July 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AOPWVBG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Crush Dilemma (Dear Aubrey Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
In an Oyster Shell - I always love a YA underdog book and this fits the bill, I really enjoyed this book.
Poppy. Here's a girl that is focused on grades and college. She isn't in the "it" crowd, but usually she doesn't mind that so much. When Poppy has the great idea of writing an anonymous advice column for her school she feels on top of the world. People are paying attention to what she says and putting her advice into practice. But then things start getting a bit messy. Poppy is caught up in the drama of relationships, secrets and heavy expectations. Yeah, things get messy alright!
I liked Poppy. She is book smart but not exactly always people smart. Her advice column was a way for her to express what she thought because in her real life she wasn't nearly as courageous. I loved watching Poppy grow in confidence as her secret life and thoughts started to mesh with her real life and she learned how to speak up.
This book was easy to settle in with and made me smile many times. It also tugged a bit at my heartstrings. This life can be so hard to navigate. People can be mean. It takes courage to stand up and let your voice be heard. It takes courage to stand against the mean people and the bullies. It is so important to surround yourself with good people and good friends and to be that for other people. That's the message I took away from this book.
Content: Some talk of teenagers "hooking up" and cheating on each other, teenage drinking. Nothing described in detail.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Daniel and Jake provided the swoon-worthy competition for Poppy's attention and heart. She's had a crush on Jake for like forever, but Daniel's the hot new guy at school. She ends up tutoring both boys and has opportunities to pursue possible relationships with either one. Poppy soon learns that there's more to consider than good looks and sometimes our idea of a person isn't the reality.
Beth was the perfect best friend and complement to Poppy's somewhat eccentric character. I loved their friendship and how they were able to work through their misunderstandings and frustrations knowing the value of their long friendship. So often feelings are hurt and friendships are ruined because people just don't communicate - I think the importance of communication came through as a huge theme in this story. If you're afraid to talk to someone then you're bound to misunderstand something and possibly lose a valued relationship.
There were also the "mean girls." No high school story would be complete without them, right? Trish truly takes the cake for this roll. For a supporting character, I felt that Amber's character growth and development was wonderful. High school can be tough, and people can and do change - sometimes even an "IT" girl.
Overall a super fun read that took me back to high school without causing me too much angst - the drama, cliques, competition, bullying, and misunderstandings were all there but it was written in such a fun, light-hearted way that I couldn't help but enjoy all the craziness.
FYI ~ clean read
Honest disclosure ~ I received a copy from the author