Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Crushing It

Publish March 31, 2017

Crushing It, Joanne Levy’s latest novel, is a reimagining of Cyrano de Bergerac for a younger, modern audience. Geeky, awkward Kat is struggling to adjust to starting junior high, while her gorgeous best friend and cousin, Olivia, has quickly become one of the most popular girls in seventh grade. When Olivia confesses that she has a crush on Tyler, Kat’s neighbour and long-time video gaming buddy, Kat ignores her own feelings for him and agrees to play matchmaker. But as Kat makes lists of Tyler’s favourite things for Olivia and coaches her cousin when she’s talking with Tyler, she realizes that maybe tricking Tyler into liking Olivia is not going to end well for anyone.

A light-hearted read, Crushing It captures the awkward intensity of middle school romance. Tween readers will identify with bespectacled, braces-wearing Kat, who truly believes that no boy would choose a girl like her over her beautiful, blonde cousin, while older readers may cringe at the way Olivia guilts Kat into helping her charm Tyler. Tyler’s own emphasis on the importance of personality and common interests in a romantic relationship is extremely mature for his age and helps to make him a highly desirable love interest. Witty and sweet, Levy’s Crushing It gently reminds readers that being true to yourself is the best foundation for all relationships.

Crushing It

Joanne Levy
Simon and Schuster Canada
ISBN 13: 978-1-4814-6474-1

Roseanne Gauthier
Roseanne Gauthier

Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Public Library Service, and is PEI's 2017 award-winning 'Champion of Reading'. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.

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