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Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love    by Gary Paulsen order for
by Gary Paulsen
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Random House, 2013 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Spencer is sure he's the most romantic guy anyone would ever want to meet. He could prove it if he only had a girlfriend. And the girlfriend Kevin wants is Tina Zabinski, the most beautiful girl in school. Maybe in the world.

Before he can convince Tina that he'd be an excellent boyfriend, a new guy moves in on her. Cash Divine has a more direct track because he's new in school and Tina is assigned to show him around.

Somehow Kevin must convince Tina to go out with him. To help his chances he decides to make a scientific study of how loves works. His first study subjects are his parents. Later he sets up a blind date for a neighbor and for his brother's hockey teammates with a group of female figure skaters.

This book is a companion to Liar, Liar and Flat Broke which also feature Kevin Spencer. He's older now but his take on life is still hilarious.

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