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~Crazy For You~

by Jennifer Crusie

Heroine: average/voluptuous


          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 mental instability?



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 reader 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 pages.

If you liked "Crazy For You" you might also enjoy "Love at Large", "Bet Me", "Some Girls Do" "Dating Dead Men", "Heaven in Your Eyes""Fast Women", "Name Dropping", "Welcome to Temptation", "Faking It", "Switcheroo", "Plum Girl", "Infernal Affairs", or "Princess Charming".

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