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Crazy in Love
by Dandi Daley Mackall
Order:  USA  Can
Dutton, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

Every day Mary Jane Ettermeyer struggles with the voices in her head. She listens to Plain Jane who tells her to leave off the red lipstick and get home in time to make her curfew. She also listens to the throaty voice of M.J. who tells her to bag her job at The Twisted Pretzel in the mall and go after Jackson House, the guy she really wants, especially as he seems interested in her too. The problem is that Jackson is dating Star Simons, the top of the high school senior girl food chain. And although Star is dating behind Jackson's back, she could make Mary Jane's life miserable, and has promised to do just that.

Dandi Daley Mackall's Crazy in Love tells a teenaged tale of love and misery. As Mary Jane struggles to make everyone happy, she succeeds only in making herself miserable. Star begins to spread nasty rumors, attempting to ruin Mary Jane's reputation, and Mary Jane's phone begins ringing off the hook, much to her (and her parent's) dismay. Mary Jane waits for Jackson to step up to his girlfriend, but finally gets tired of waiting and being kissed behind Star's back. She decides she's better than that - and lets Jackson know just how she feels. Add to the situation Mary Jane's developmentally delayed sister who is also beginning to notice boys for the first time. Compound that with the Abstinence in Action pact Mary Jane made with two of her friends, stating that they wouldn't have sex until they were married, and things begin to get really complicated.

As always with author Dandi Daley Mackall - you can never tell exactly how things will work out, until they all do in the end. Mary Jane needs to decide which one of the voices she'll listen to in her head. But she also realizes everyone else has just as many conflicts going on as well, and the only thing you can predict is your own behavior.

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