Crush (Awkward, #3)
Following the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE, Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment - CRUSH!Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl... But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?

Crush (Awkward, #3) Details

TitleCrush (Awkward, #3)
Author
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherJY
ISBN-139780316363235
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Contemporary

Crush (Awkward, #3) Review

  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I SO needed this as a palate cleanse after the last two horrific 1 star graphic novels I just read. This book is cute and sweet and everything I needed right now. I read the teaser handed out at ALA Annual 2018 and knew that I had to get my hands on the entire thing. I was right, it was so awesome! I didn't realize this was the third in a series, so now I have two other books to look forward to, yay!!This is a contemporary story from the POV of Jorge, a large middle schooler with two BFFs, Olivi I SO needed this as a palate cleanse after the last two horrific 1 star graphic novels I just read. This book is cute and sweet and everything I needed right now. I read the teaser handed out at ALA Annual 2018 and knew that I had to get my hands on the entire thing. I was right, it was so awesome! I didn't realize this was the third in a series, so now I have two other books to look forward to, yay!!This is a contemporary story from the POV of Jorge, a large middle schooler with two BFFs, Olivia and Russell. It is their story of how they dealt with middle school, classes, teachers, fellow students, gossip, crushes, etc. Jorge and Olivia were my favs, though the gym teacher was AWESOME. Russell was a bit of an idiot and I didn't like him, but he was true to a less self-assured pre-teen in middle school, so I can't hate on him. Just hate his initial behavior. He does grow and learn, so all is not lost. This book would be great for the middle school years and maybe a younger, precocious reader and upwards. Highly recommended. 5, shiny, love Jorge and Olivia, stars!My thanks to NetGalley and Yen Press/JY for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Having a crush is so hard, and is is doubly hard for Jorge, especially since the girl he has the crush on has a boyfriend.We "met" Jorge in earlier books in this series, but it is not necessary to read the other books, as each of them are self contained. Awkward and Brave build on each other, but you can pick any of the three books up and have a wonderful time seeing the drama that is middle school.There are the mean boys, rather than mean girls, in this story, which is a refreshing change. But Having a crush is so hard, and is is doubly hard for Jorge, especially since the girl he has the crush on has a boyfriend.We "met" Jorge in earlier books in this series, but it is not necessary to read the other books, as each of them are self contained. Awkward and Brave build on each other, but you can pick any of the three books up and have a wonderful time seeing the drama that is middle school.There are the mean boys, rather than mean girls, in this story, which is a refreshing change. But the mean boys really are just as bad as any mean girls, and the things they do to Jorge as a revenge are very mean spirited.The dialogue is fun. The feelings are very raw and real, and the characters are typical middle grade kids, who like to play video games, instead of studying, and who forget their homework, and other charms of going to school.Below are some sample panels of Jorge not knowing what to do or say when he is by his crush.Love this series, and can hardly wait for me to get a physical copy of this book, and then, hopefully await the next book in the series.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest reveiw.
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  • Skirmish
    January 1, 1970
    Book Reaction: https://nildivision.blogspot.com/2018...Rating: 5 Stars - absolutely perfect
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars ****I don't feel that I could ever give a negative rating to a graphic novel because I always think of how much work they must be to create. I also enjoy reading them so much because they're fast and easy reads. This graphic novel "Crush" is about middle school children so I do feel like I'm too old for it but I still related in a reminiscent way. Jorge is the main character and obviously has a crush on a girl. The story is about him dealing with his fear of talking to girls and also dea 4 Stars ****I don't feel that I could ever give a negative rating to a graphic novel because I always think of how much work they must be to create. I also enjoy reading them so much because they're fast and easy reads. This graphic novel "Crush" is about middle school children so I do feel like I'm too old for it but I still related in a reminiscent way. Jorge is the main character and obviously has a crush on a girl. The story is about him dealing with his fear of talking to girls and also dealing with middle school gossip and drama. Overall the characters were great and the story was cute and enjoyable. Special thanks to Netgalley and JY for allowing me an advance read copy in exchange for a honest review.
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  • Yasmeena
    January 1, 1970
    GUYS I WISHED IN Brave TO SEE JORGE MORENOW LOOK AT THIS ART
  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I haven’t read the author before, I liked it her style. It's a light reading, the illustrations are so cute and I loved Jorge.The characters are diverse, and THE FEMALE CHARACTERS!!!, all the girls are strong and independent. I liked the messages that are given in the story. It’s a graphic novel that I would recommend to teenagers.The only thing that I didn’t like was the issue with James at the end, that took away points from the story. Overall, an entertaining and recommended story Even though I haven’t read the author before, I liked it her style. It's a light reading, the illustrations are so cute and I loved Jorge.The characters are diverse, and THE FEMALE CHARACTERS!!!, all the girls are strong and independent. I liked the messages that are given in the story. It’s a graphic novel that I would recommend to teenagers.The only thing that I didn’t like was the issue with James at the end, that took away points from the story. Overall, an entertaining and recommended story.*Note: I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Emilie Emzbooksandco
    January 1, 1970
    This comic was so cute and perfect! The drawings were beautiful, the story way too cute, and I smiled way too much while reading it. Loved it and definitely going to read the previous ones!
  • Brierley
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a fan of Awkward and Brave, but Crush is now my favorite of the Berrybrook Middle School books! I adored this honest portrayal of crushing in middle school complete with awkwardness and flaws. Jorge is a reluctant crusher, which speaks to the fact that we can’t always control who we crush on. Chmakova’s illustrations accurately capture the myriad of emotions experienced by these relatable characters. Olivia, Garrett, and Jorge are quite a trio. Favorite quote from Olivia, “I mean, loyalty! L I’m a fan of Awkward and Brave, but Crush is now my favorite of the Berrybrook Middle School books! I adored this honest portrayal of crushing in middle school complete with awkwardness and flaws. Jorge is a reluctant crusher, which speaks to the fact that we can’t always control who we crush on. Chmakova’s illustrations accurately capture the myriad of emotions experienced by these relatable characters. Olivia, Garrett, and Jorge are quite a trio. Favorite quote from Olivia, “I mean, loyalty! Look it up! And get you some!” Love it.ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    January 1, 1970
    Cute preview for a comic based on middle-schoolers and their struggles. Jorge's a big kid. Big where they believe he's a fighter, but a girl he knows inspires a crush. Maybe he's a lover?
  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    O.K., I Get It NowThis is the third book in the "Berrybrook Middle School" series, after "Awkward" and "Brave". I wasn't familiar with those books, but looked at some of their reviews and blurbs before reading "Crush". The reviews are wildly favorable, (there are hundreds just on the Amazon site), and the fans are pretty intense. "Awkward" has over 19,000 ratings and almost 1,500 reviews on Goodreads, and I'm not sure I've ever seen a book with that many ratings that averaged over four stars. So O.K., I Get It NowThis is the third book in the "Berrybrook Middle School" series, after "Awkward" and "Brave". I wasn't familiar with those books, but looked at some of their reviews and blurbs before reading "Crush". The reviews are wildly favorable, (there are hundreds just on the Amazon site), and the fans are pretty intense. "Awkward" has over 19,000 ratings and almost 1,500 reviews on Goodreads, and I'm not sure I've ever seen a book with that many ratings that averaged over four stars. So, I was intrigued by this chance to read "Crush", even though a middle school story about crushes and dating didn't seem to promise all that much. Well, now I've read it and now I get it. This book was an unalloyed delight.So, what distinguishes this book? Well, first and foremost, the book is, from page to page and even from panel to panel, consistently authentic. There is not a single odd tone or false note, even though there are at least a dozen different developed characters and at least a half dozen running themes and sub-plots. None of it is phony or exaggerated or overcooked. Each kid feels real and the situations and their resolutions are realistic and relatable. Usually you expect at least one or two threads to wander off into the fictional underbrush, but everything here is tight and crisp and under control.On top of that the characters are remarkably appealing. Big, sweet, quiet Jorge is the central heroic character and he carries the story and all of its spinoffs with ease. The female leads are strong and independent and stand up quite well on their own. Everyone else feels real, (teachers feel like the teachers I remember), and even passing and cameo characters are convincing. It was a stroke of genius to have not mean girls, but mean boys, as the villains and showing us frat boy peer pressure is a refreshing and instructive change of pace.The book has a subtle generosity and good humor that is reflected in the artwork, storytelling, the characters and the dialogue. While there is drama and conflict, there is a fundamental sense of decency and fairness underlying all of the action. I'm all for realistic middle grade fiction, but sometimes a lighter touch is effective. You know that old line to the effect that tragedy begins well but ends badly and comedy begins with a complication but ends well? This is a comedy.In this vein, it seems to me that the only unrealistic aspect of the book is, in a way, another of its strengths. Everything turns out just right, with each character ending up exactly where he or she deserves to be and with or without exactly what he or she deserves. Would that the world worked that way, but for a middle grade social novel I have no objection to happy, or at least deserved, endings. The other thing going on is that I had to keep reminding myself that these were middleschoolers. Everyone is way too consistently aware, insightful and articulate for that to be the case, but again, having young characters who are wiser than expected is not something I'd complain about.The upshot is that this was often amusing, frequently touching, and consistently appealing. An excellent find.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from NetgalleyJorge struggles with his role in the school. He is an athlete, but doesn't much care for the way the other members of his team act. He has a huge crush on Jazmine, and asks her to the big athletic ball, but struggles with how to talk to her on a daily basis. There's lots of boy/girl drama at school, with people breaking up and getting back together, and Jorge doesn't want to be part of that. He enjoys working with the newspaper on the sports beat, and has a good friend in Liv E ARC from NetgalleyJorge struggles with his role in the school. He is an athlete, but doesn't much care for the way the other members of his team act. He has a huge crush on Jazmine, and asks her to the big athletic ball, but struggles with how to talk to her on a daily basis. There's lots of boy/girl drama at school, with people breaking up and getting back together, and Jorge doesn't want to be part of that. He enjoys working with the newspaper on the sports beat, and has a good friend in Liv, who helps him understand a bit about Jazmine. There are lots of current social topics discussed in this book. Coach Rashad delivers perhaps the first "body autonomy" speech in middle grade literature-- students are warned that no one is allowed to touch them without their permission, and that a teacher should be contacted if someone does. Of course, some of the boys think this is funny, but they are swiftly put in their place. There is also some cyber bullying, when Garrett doesn't log out of Jorge's account before getting involved in group chat and says mean things about Jazmine. The dance goes well, and Jorge and Jazmine continue their tenuous romance. Strengths: This is definitely a much higher quality graphic novel series than many. The stories are substantial, the characters well developed, and the drawing very pleasant. The understanding of middle school social interactions and volatile romance is good. Jorge is a quiet, athletic character who struggles socially, and we don't have too many characters like that in middle grade literature. Weaknesses: This is a bit on the preachy side on several topics, but students won't care. What I really think: Definitely purchasing, and with any luck someone will lose the copy when it gets too worn out. Hope that a replacement will be available. Graphic novels frequently fall apart or are lost by students, and often can't be replaced!
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    SO MUCH LOVESo much drama and figuring out friendships and romantic feelings and personal morality and body autonomy and casual diversity. Jorge is such a great character and I love him.
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I love, love, LOVE this middle grade graphic novel series. I was so excited to get a DRC, especially when I found out that Crush follows Jorge, one of my favorite side characters from Brave.These books have SO many things going for them. The artwork is amazing (and adorable), the cast of characters are the most diverse I have seen in middle grade fiction, and the range of topics covered: crushes (and the drama that ensues) Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I love, love, LOVE this middle grade graphic novel series. I was so excited to get a DRC, especially when I found out that Crush follows Jorge, one of my favorite side characters from Brave.These books have SO many things going for them. The artwork is amazing (and adorable), the cast of characters are the most diverse I have seen in middle grade fiction, and the range of topics covered: crushes (and the drama that ensues), social media (and the drama that ensues), bullying, what it means to be a friend, judging others on their appearance, etc. I also love that this one includes a section regarding body autonomy. Everything is just so SPOT ON for middle school. I recommend them to everyone--whether you're a fan of graphic novels or not.
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  • Cynthia Parkhill
    January 1, 1970
    The character of Jorge lends a protective presence to the hallways of Berrybrook Middle School; I met him in Brave, patroling the halls and persuading bullies to leave their targets alone. In Crush, the latest by Svetlana Chmakova, Jorge takes center stage and we learn the wisdom from Jorge's father that Jorge takes to heart: "Strength is a resource. If you have a lot and someone doesn't, you gotta share yours." But Jorge's calm presence is ruffled by a schoolmate, Jazmine. (I got to read an exc The character of Jorge lends a protective presence to the hallways of Berrybrook Middle School; I met him in Brave, patroling the halls and persuading bullies to leave their targets alone. In Crush, the latest by Svetlana Chmakova, Jorge takes center stage and we learn the wisdom from Jorge's father that Jorge takes to heart: "Strength is a resource. If you have a lot and someone doesn't, you gotta share yours." But Jorge's calm presence is ruffled by a schoolmate, Jazmine. (I got to read an excerpt in a special publication for Free Comic Book Day, and look forward to enjoying the full story this fall.)
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  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from publisher/Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.As I said in my review for the previous book, I was hoping this one would be about Jorge, and look! Look! It is! Yay!!! fangirlsJorge is so adorable, how he is trying to be all like: Oh nobody got time for all that dating stuff and blabla. We are on a mission to stop bullying and the like. Then he spots Jazmine and gets totally flustered! Adorable!!!!!! And that is how it goes every time he sees her, or if she talks to I received this book from publisher/Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.As I said in my review for the previous book, I was hoping this one would be about Jorge, and look! Look! It is! Yay!!! fangirlsJorge is so adorable, how he is trying to be all like: Oh nobody got time for all that dating stuff and blabla. We are on a mission to stop bullying and the like. Then he spots Jazmine and gets totally flustered! Adorable!!!!!! And that is how it goes every time he sees her, or if she talks to him. He just goes into the zone (which reminded me of scenes of manga/anime with swoony romance), and I just loved it. Of course, I was quickly (very quickly, like after one scene of that) rooting for Jorge and her to get together, or at least give Jorge the chance to confess. Go Jorge! Sadly, we find out that Jazmine has a boyfriend! SHOCK! Poor Jorge, he finally had worked up the courage to talk to Jazmine, and then finds out she is taken!Haha: “Do I… like Jazmine?” Yes, sir, you do. And quite a lot given the way your acting. Face the music, and welcome to love!And so, the story continues, we see Jorge navigate the treacherous ways of school, and still falling madly in love with Jazmine (he is noticing her everywhere).Ahhhhhhh, adorable! He just asked her! YAYYYYYYY! Well, OK, to the ball, but it is a start! YAYYYYYY! Finally dating! I don’t consider that a spoiler, come on, it was obvious. Even with the whole boyfriend at first, I just knew that they would end up together. Eep! I just love how well they fitted together, and I was delighted to see the little things they did to spend time together.Plus, good job Jorge, for acting normal when your girlfriend cuts her hair. Given how tons of other people reacted, which I found really stupid, but then again, I know from personal experience how people act when girls have short hair. :|Of course, he is not alone in this book. We also have Garrett and Liv. I do have to be honest and say that I didn’t like how they bickered quite a few times during the book. But thankfully they also show enough times that they are the best of friends. They were quite fun together, bantering.Liv was a pretty OK character, she has her heart in the right place, though she should be a bit tactful about things (like eating lunch with your current boyfriend while your ex is at the same table… is not what you want to do). But she does have an amazing superpower of getting people to join or do things, which is pretty nice!We also see that she has some troubles with her current boyfriend. Of course, we only see her side of the story, so who knows what Marcus’ story is, but still I wanted, just like Jorge, to destroy Liv. Hello, a relationship works from two sides. You can’t just expect her to go with you to stuff, but then find her needy when she wants you and her to go the ball.Garrett, a new addition to the school, in his previous school he was quarterback, but here? He can’t even play much as there is already a star player who gets all the play time. I didn’t get why he was so hot about James, I just thought that dude was a skeezeball. But I guess he wanted to be in the group, and people do silly things to be in a group.Zeke? Jazmine’s boyfriend? Sorry, but what? I liked him at times, but it is true what Jorge said, he does seem to have 2 sides to himself. We see one of that in the corridor (when Jorge saves him), and then later at the party (what a crappy move, you don’t do that to your girlfriend). Thankfully, Jazmine isn’t happy either, and it seems that some stuff happened before. I was glad to see him out of the picture.James? Please just fall off a cliff and disappear. What a disgusting piece of insert lots of expletives Especially nearing the ending when he did that to Jorge.I hated that everyone just believed that Jorge would do those things. Really? Guys? Like, you know this dude, you know how hard he tries to make sure everyone is happy and not being bullied. You saw him with Jazmine, you saw him with other girls. And then you just believe that? Not thinking about how technology isn’t always to be trusted. Anyone can pretend to be someone. Anyone can hack if they really want it. But I guess, kids are just dumb in that way. :{The whodunnit? Aka the one who was posting as Jorge, well, I was quite shocked. What a dick move.The ending made me smile so so much! It was just the best way to end this book. A bit of drama, but also happiness and love.I loved the extra info at the ending, especially how the cover was picked. I am happy that they picked the cover that is now in use. That one just fits the best with this story. How Jorge only sees her, even though his friends are there, even though there is chaos. So sweet!All in all, I am hoping we get a new graphic novel, featuring another character. Maybe Brooke? Or Nic? And I would highly, very highly, recommend this one!Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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  • Ally Camble
    January 1, 1970
    Crush is adorable! Jorge is the strong, quiet type. He is also kind and good and always standing up for the little guy along with his hyper but trusty best friend, Liv. He is so big his classmates are afraid of him, which helps him keep order, and much more mature than them, which is why he has to keep order. At least, he’s mature in some ways. There is one way he’s still so young: he’s never liked a girl before. And he does not know what to do with it. The crush; not the girl, though he doesn’t Crush is adorable! Jorge is the strong, quiet type. He is also kind and good and always standing up for the little guy along with his hyper but trusty best friend, Liv. He is so big his classmates are afraid of him, which helps him keep order, and much more mature than them, which is why he has to keep order. At least, he’s mature in some ways. There is one way he’s still so young: he’s never liked a girl before. And he does not know what to do with it. The crush; not the girl, though he doesn’t really know what to do with her either. He forgets how to speak around her, gets frustrated when he realizes his feelings, and is constantly running off when his confusion becomes too much. His is not a giddy crush. Even when Jazmine agrees to go out with him, Jorge has to think hard about what to do next. Oh yeah! Maybe get her phone number! Apart from Jorge’s delightful confusion and first love, Crush has great messages about consent, bullying, friendship, and even feminism mixed in to the overall story. When another girl realizes her boyfriend only liked her for her looks, she drops him like a hot potato. Jazmine breaks up with her previous boyfriend because he treats her badly. Liv is a constant advocate for respect among all her friends, though she doesn’t mind hurting people a little bit to get her point across. Chmakova’s beautiful art also shows an implicit acceptance of diversity in Jorge’s middle school.Crush is the 3rd in the series Awkward, and as far as these three go, Chmakova always writes uplifting stories that encourage respect and kindness to everyone. She also looks at issues from a different angle from other books I’ve read. My students love the first two. I’m sure they’ll devour the third one as well. A copy of this book was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an eARC through NetGalley. It is time to return to Berrybrook Middle School, where things are just as cute and complicated as always. Everyone around Jorge seems to be pairing off, but he isn’t about that romantic life. His two best friends are going through their own growing pains. Liv is having trouble with her new boyfriend and Garrett is desperate to infiltrate the popular guy’s sports clique. Jorge soon finds that he actually does like a girl at school, Jasmine, if only h I received this as an eARC through NetGalley. It is time to return to Berrybrook Middle School, where things are just as cute and complicated as always. Everyone around Jorge seems to be pairing off, but he isn’t about that romantic life. His two best friends are going through their own growing pains. Liv is having trouble with her new boyfriend and Garrett is desperate to infiltrate the popular guy’s sports clique. Jorge soon finds that he actually does like a girl at school, Jasmine, if only he could gain the confidence to talk to her. Serious tensions begin to evolve around these characters when Garrett’s new friends bully/torment their peers. This graphic novel does not disappoint. The art and story are on point. The plot is realistic and relevant to today’s teens. I love the manga stylings of Chmakova. I love her diverse cast of characters and her socially conscious narratives, which support the growth of young girls. I know this one isn’t technically out yet, I know that the author just had a baby, but GAAHHH I want more!!
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book MobileCrush by Svetlana Chmakova was a gem of a middle grade graphic novel. This is actually the third of a series, but the first I read. I got a sneak peek thanks once again to my pals at NetGalley. I loved this one y'all. This one revolves around Jorge who is navigating the mess that middle school can be. As he goes through his days, he realizes that he has his first crush. The feelings he experiences in this were too real. Even all these years lat More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book MobileCrush by Svetlana Chmakova was a gem of a middle grade graphic novel. This is actually the third of a series, but the first I read. I got a sneak peek thanks once again to my pals at NetGalley. I loved this one y'all. This one revolves around Jorge who is navigating the mess that middle school can be. As he goes through his days, he realizes that he has his first crush. The feelings he experiences in this were too real. Even all these years later, I still totally identified with what Jorge was going through. Jorge, along with his friends, are also navigating changing friendships and the quest for popularity. This story was too real - in a good way. It perfectly captured the feels of middle school. There is that want to fit in, that want to find love, and that want to just figure out who you are. This was just one of those stories that put a smile on my face.
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  • Rachel McKitterick
    January 1, 1970
    *thank you to Netgalley and Yen Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*3 stars.This is book 3 in the series and I can easily see the appeal for it. Its aimed for Middle Grade readers but older readers will also find enjoyment in it. Its a sweet, cute story of Jorge who develops a crush for a girl, and shows what its like to have romantic feelings for somebody. I think it is really well done because it is around middle grade age that these feelings start to develop so to g *thank you to Netgalley and Yen Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*3 stars.This is book 3 in the series and I can easily see the appeal for it. Its aimed for Middle Grade readers but older readers will also find enjoyment in it. Its a sweet, cute story of Jorge who develops a crush for a girl, and shows what its like to have romantic feelings for somebody. I think it is really well done because it is around middle grade age that these feelings start to develop so to get an inside look at what to roughly expect, is going to grab these kids attention. The illustrations are just as important as the story in my perspective and while there is nothing really wonderful about these, the colours seem a little too bland for me but, they are still rather good. They fit the story and that's what's more important. Would I recommend this to middle grade readers? Yes.
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  • Cheriee Weichel
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewDon't tell anyone, but my middle school self has a huge crush on Jorge. I can't help it. He's sweet, honest and exceptionally kind. He’s an athlete but not into toxic jock culture. Alas Jorge already has a crush on someone else. Seriously, this book captures the essence of the tumultuous time of adolescence. It's all completely believable. I love how earnest Jorge and Olivia are about making their school a safe place. Sure there I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewDon't tell anyone, but my middle school self has a huge crush on Jorge. I can't help it. He's sweet, honest and exceptionally kind. He’s an athlete but not into toxic jock culture. Alas Jorge already has a crush on someone else. Seriously, this book captures the essence of the tumultuous time of adolescence. It's all completely believable. I love how earnest Jorge and Olivia are about making their school a safe place. Sure there are the usual insecure, nasty jerks, one of whom is near to them. but ultimately these are great kids with good teachers. Now I have to go back and read Brave, the second in this series. I am loving this high caliber graphic series. If you haven't read them yet, I encourage you to find and read Awkward, the first one. You too will be hooked..
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  • Elizabeth Seibel
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to Net Galley for an advanced copy of this book to review.*This was my first venture into graphic novels and it did not disappoint. I am more of a fan of the traditional novel because I like full blown sentences, but I will review this for what it is: a graphic novel. As a 6th grade teacher this is the perfect book for my classroom. My students loved the first two books in the series and this one will be another hit. I enjoyed seeing middle school through the eyes of the tenderhearted Jo *Thanks to Net Galley for an advanced copy of this book to review.*This was my first venture into graphic novels and it did not disappoint. I am more of a fan of the traditional novel because I like full blown sentences, but I will review this for what it is: a graphic novel. As a 6th grade teacher this is the perfect book for my classroom. My students loved the first two books in the series and this one will be another hit. I enjoyed seeing middle school through the eyes of the tenderhearted Jorge as he struggled with his feelings and relationships. I thought the events were realistic and things my students can relate to. The conflicts in the story were handled well and the lessons learned are plentiful throughout. It is a quick read and full of humor and it is definitely heartwarming.
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  • Jenni Frencham
    January 1, 1970
    Chmakova, Svetlana. Crush. JY, 2018.Following up where Awkward and Brave left off, Crush follows Jorge, a quiet guy who is known as the sheriff in school because he uses his size to help others. He has a crush on a friend but doesn't know how to tell her. Will he be able to ask her out to the school dance? And how will his other friends react?There's a lot to like in this continuation of the series: tons of diversity in the student body and staff at the school, good life lessons, plenty of teen Chmakova, Svetlana. Crush. JY, 2018.Following up where Awkward and Brave left off, Crush follows Jorge, a quiet guy who is known as the sheriff in school because he uses his size to help others. He has a crush on a friend but doesn't know how to tell her. Will he be able to ask her out to the school dance? And how will his other friends react?There's a lot to like in this continuation of the series: tons of diversity in the student body and staff at the school, good life lessons, plenty of teen drama. The brightly colored illustrations match the overall happy and hopeful tone of the story. This book is sure to be popular with graphic novel fans. Recommended.Recommended for: teens and tweensRed Flags: noneOverall Rating: 5/5 starsI received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purpose of review.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    A pleasantly lunky giant with a heart of gold finds himself with unexplainable passions for a drama student at his middle grade school. I'd guess the thinking of the modern schoolgoer is conveyed here. To the adult mind some of the late drama was forcibly put on the page just to give a shred of doubt where none was existing – it was fairly obvious they'd get over the hurdle and end up together, after all – and some of it was very much edutainment about respect and "don't touch, don't even look, A pleasantly lunky giant with a heart of gold finds himself with unexplainable passions for a drama student at his middle grade school. I'd guess the thinking of the modern schoolgoer is conveyed here. To the adult mind some of the late drama was forcibly put on the page just to give a shred of doubt where none was existing – it was fairly obvious they'd get over the hurdle and end up together, after all – and some of it was very much edutainment about respect and "don't touch, don't even look, don't judge people like that because people have done it for millennia but it's wrong now, OK?!" and all that malarkey. But on the whole it's a worthwhile, pleasant read.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky to have the opportunity to read this book early. This was an accurate, entertaining and humorous read. I can see the appeal to middle school kids because it has an innocence to the crushes. The characters were diverse and believable. I found myself smiling the most when reading Olivia's dialogue. I also enjoyed the extras at the back of the book that include rough sketches and explanations of how the illustrations come to be in the book. That was awesome to see. This book is definite I was lucky to have the opportunity to read this book early. This was an accurate, entertaining and humorous read. I can see the appeal to middle school kids because it has an innocence to the crushes. The characters were diverse and believable. I found myself smiling the most when reading Olivia's dialogue. I also enjoyed the extras at the back of the book that include rough sketches and explanations of how the illustrations come to be in the book. That was awesome to see. This book is definitely going to be added to my juvenile graphic novel collection at my library. It was an enjoyable read and I recommend it!
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  • Calyssa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of this in exchange for an honest review.****Svetlana Chmakova's Berrybrook Middle School series is one delight after another. Taking topics that are familiar to middle school students and relatable to readers of all ages, Chmakova weaves together her signature art and storytelling style to create a wonderful middle grade story in "Crush." The best part of "Crush" - and all the Berrybrook Middle School stories - is that the cast of characters are reflective of real lif I received an advance copy of this in exchange for an honest review.****Svetlana Chmakova's Berrybrook Middle School series is one delight after another. Taking topics that are familiar to middle school students and relatable to readers of all ages, Chmakova weaves together her signature art and storytelling style to create a wonderful middle grade story in "Crush." The best part of "Crush" - and all the Berrybrook Middle School stories - is that the cast of characters are reflective of real life. When speaking with a young reader about this series, he said "I like Chmakova's stories because there are lots of different skin colours and characters. It really looks like my school."
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Read an e-arc on Netgalley.This continues the Awkward series, being the third after Brave, but one does not need to read them in order.Middle school is an epic pool of gossip.Jorge is a big gentle boy with a moral compass, and two best friends (life of the party Olivia and follow-the-crowd Garret). Jorge has a crush on Jazmine, but when she breaks up with her boyfriend, Jorge is initially too shy to even talk to her.They do begin to text, until a screenshot of a mean group chat goes around schoo Read an e-arc on Netgalley.This continues the Awkward series, being the third after Brave, but one does not need to read them in order.Middle school is an epic pool of gossip.Jorge is a big gentle boy with a moral compass, and two best friends (life of the party Olivia and follow-the-crowd Garret). Jorge has a crush on Jazmine, but when she breaks up with her boyfriend, Jorge is initially too shy to even talk to her.They do begin to text, until a screenshot of a mean group chat goes around school, which implicates Jorge. He finds out who was logged in as him, but can't decide to rat him out or not.This story has a mean boy rather than the usual mean girl.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. It's middle school so of course nothing, and no one, is perfect. We follow Jorge, who at the beginning of the book doesn't understand why everyone around him is suddenly coupling up. That is until he realizes the reason he can't talk when Jazmine is around is because he has a crush on her. Jorge is a very likable character, who is surrounded by other likable and not so likable characters. I think a lot of tweens will be able to relate to this book. It made me laugh, I absolutely loved this book. It's middle school so of course nothing, and no one, is perfect. We follow Jorge, who at the beginning of the book doesn't understand why everyone around him is suddenly coupling up. That is until he realizes the reason he can't talk when Jazmine is around is because he has a crush on her. Jorge is a very likable character, who is surrounded by other likable and not so likable characters. I think a lot of tweens will be able to relate to this book. It made me laugh, which is also good! You don't have to read Awkward or Brave before reading this book but both are also really good!
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Svetlana Chmakova has made a cute, inclusive, and most importantly, heartfelt graphic novel that I will be glad to talk up in the library. While Jorge was a clear champion of the people and a relatable protagonist, Chmakova still made sure that every character was fully fleshed out with clear motivations and personalities. I thought Awkward and Brave were good, but Crush has become my favorite of the three. With realistic middle & high school situations and teachable moments that Once again, Svetlana Chmakova has made a cute, inclusive, and most importantly, heartfelt graphic novel that I will be glad to talk up in the library. While Jorge was a clear champion of the people and a relatable protagonist, Chmakova still made sure that every character was fully fleshed out with clear motivations and personalities. I thought Awkward and Brave were good, but Crush has become my favorite of the three. With realistic middle & high school situations and teachable moments that weren't didactic, this was a winner.
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  • Kiri
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.THIS IS THE CUTEST DANG THING I'VE READ IN A WHILE. Seriously, I'm in love with this graphic novel. I think it's the best one in the series yet! I love Jorge! (He's my favorite character!) I love how independent and strong the girls are in this book! I also love how the the various dilemmas and problems in this book were resolved in the end. I cannot wait to buy this when it Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.THIS IS THE CUTEST DANG THING I'VE READ IN A WHILE. Seriously, I'm in love with this graphic novel. I think it's the best one in the series yet! I love Jorge! (He's my favorite character!) I love how independent and strong the girls are in this book! I also love how the the various dilemmas and problems in this book were resolved in the end. I cannot wait to buy this when it comes out!
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  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley. It was a nice change to read a book about middle school crushes from a male point of view. I have always suspected that there are many middle school boys who are overlooked and have so much that they would like to share, and emotions that they never express. This did remind me a lot of my experiences as a teacher; I just felt like it went on a bit too long.
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