Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Crush: The Love Plan, by Angela Darling
The problem is Lauren hasn't even left for the beach and there is a wrench thrown into her plans. Lauren's mom thought it would be fun to invite Chrissy along on vacation to keep only child Lauren company. Lauren likes Chrissy alright, but she certainly isn't part of her plan. And the worst part of it is that Lauren sort of told everyone at school that she and Charlie are already an item.What will Chrissy think when she sees the truth?
Lauren need not worry about Chrissy. It turns out she is super understanding and supportive of Lauren's love plan.
Things start off great. The girls get along famously, and Charlie is indeed at the beach with his friend Frank. Lauren thinks this is just perfect because she can hang out with Charlie and Chrissy can hang with Frank. But Lauren soon learns not only that the best laid plans don't always work out, but that crushing on someone from afar, is indeed different from knowing a person face to face.
This is an easy breezy beach read that gets the desperate tone of first crushes just right. What I like is that Darling gives Chrissy and Lauren agency, and put it right out there that sometimes the boy with all the looks can be lacking in other areas. This is a squeaky clean romance that will have tweensters flipping the pages to find out who Lauren will choose.