Sunday, 19 June 2016


TITLE: Crush
AUTHOR: Eve Ainsworth
PUBLISHER:  Scholastic Fiction
RATING:  5/5



Love hurts... but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum's sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He's handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He's also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends and her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna's world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control... Eve Ainsworth's gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive.

'Crush' tells the story of Anna- who is struggling at home. Her Mum has left, and she doesn't get on with her Dad and Brother: she is almost forced to be a mother figure replacement. But when the school heartthrob, (Will), crosses paths with Anna, she doesn't understand why he is giving her so much attention. Shouldn't he be spending time with a better girl?

As Anna and Will's relationship blossoms, everything couldn't be more perfect. Finally, Anna has someone who puts her at the centre of their world. But as time goes on, things start to change. Will starts to control Anna in all aspects, making her world close in: but can't even control his own obsession.   

It is books exactly like this one that all teenagers need to read- it takes an issue that isn't really spoken about a lot, then turns it on it's head, deeply exploring it. A lot of people dismiss teenage relationships, saying they aren't serious: but this book shows that they can be serious, but also toxic and abusive.

The plot was perfect for me, it wasn't predictable: it was fast, gritty and heart rending. Eve Ainsworth writes with such realism, that even though the readers can see Will's controlling aspect of his personality- Anna can't see it. This is portrayed exactly right, she was blind to anything that wasn't perfect. 

I didn't particularly like Will, as I can imagine what I would feel like if I had a boyfriend like him, making me sympathetic for Anna. But, we get to see the roots of why he acts like he does towards Anna- through diary entries, which was a nice touch, splitting the chapters nicely. He isn't perfect: some people have imperfections that can be traced back to their lifestyle. I loved Dan, who is Anna's friend in their band, I would have loved to hear more from him.

This book was faultless: with fluid writing, strong characters and such a powerful plot, that will spark conversations between teenage readers- bringing the issue of destructive force of teenage relationships to the forefront of YA.


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