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~Crazy For You~
by Jennifer Crusie
High School art teacher Quinn McKenzie, known for being reliable,
dependable, and responsible, is bored, bored, bored! But then
she adopts a pathetic little stray mutt and her entire world is turned
upside down. A simple "take it to the pound" from her
all-American coach boyfriend plunges her into the realization that
he's not the man for her. Whoever "her" is. She's not
really sure who she is anymore. In fact the only thing she
is sure of is that she wants that dog. And her sister's sexy
ex-husband. And a rundown old house all her own. But
that's it. Really.
Before she knows it, Quinn's decision to assert herself has rippled
through the small town and broken up several other relationships,
created some new ones, and driven the school's championship winning baseball team toward the
bottom of the league.
Can she and her town survive her epiphany--and her ex's increasing
What worked for me:
I thought Quinn was a terrific heroine, a nice gal who got caught up
in a weird situation.
True romantics will be glad to hear that there are lots of couples to root for in this story, their issues
being the sort that can be related to by most women. (I know I
certainly understood them.)
Some of the imagery in the story was just so vivid I felt like I was
really there. And the
humor is deliciously, wickedly, laugh out loud funny.
Size-wise Quinn was a
softly-rounded average. She thought she might have about ten
pounds to lose, but the men around her thought her lush curves wore
those ten "extra" pounds very well.
What didn't work for me:
There were a lot of characters to keep track of in this book and the
spends a fair amount of time in the shoes of each one. This makes
for deeper characters but the constant juggling of people might be
confusing to some readers.
"Crazy For You" has a great blend of sexual tension,
suspense, and humor. I think it's just bumped up into my #1
favorite Jenny Crusie novel slot.
Warning: This book has some steamy moments, coarse words, and mild
references to lesbianism within its
If you liked "Crazy For You" you might also enjoy
"Love at Large",
"Some Girls Do",
"Dating Dead Men",
"Heaven in Your Eyes", "Fast
"Welcome to Temptation",
"Faking It", "Switcheroo",
"Infernal Affairs", or
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