Saturday, November 05, 2011

Review: Crush Control by Jennifer Jabley

Title: Crush Control
Author: Jennifer Jabaley
Release Date: June 9, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Publisher

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.
Review: Crush Control is fun and cute read about love, friendship and hypnosis. This is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer Jabaley (Lipstick Apology, her debut) and I was eager to see how I would like it. The synopsis intrigued me and the cover was interesting.

Willow, our protagonist, moves back to her old town in Georgia after years of living in Las Vegas and hopes to pick up things were she left it last with her best friend Max. Willow wasn’t my favorite character and finds herself in a lot of awkward situations. I found it rather amusing and I was sad to see that it turned from amusing to ridiculous. Near the ending, I just wanted Willow to stop with all the hypnosis and get help from her mother.

As far as Willow was concerned, I really wished that she would get the point (hypnosis does not always work) and stop with it all. While I didn’t care as much for Willow, the other characters were interesting and had their own personalities. I liked Mia more than I liked Willow and she was actually a more complex character.

While I had my problems with this book, I enjoyed it as well. It was a quick, fun and cute read. It’s got a good meaning behind it and a lesson to be learned!

Overall: 3/5
Cover Comments: 4/5—I like how the hypnosis spiral is intertwined with the girl’s face but there is something about it that isn’t working with me.

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