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Crazy in Love
ISBN: 9780142411575
Author: Mackall, Dandi Daley
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: May 2008
Retail: $6.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: With perception, honesty, and plenty of humor, the bestselling author of "Larger-Than-Life Lara" deftly explores that wild roller coaster of a ride called first love.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
First loves; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2008015571
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
Target Age Group: Age 12-14
Target Grade: Grade 7-9
Grade level: Grade 7-9
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Growing Up, High School, Middle School, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 112585
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
High school senior Mary Jane Ettermeyer has been struggling to be the good girl for a long time, and so far, she's been able to keep her pledge of abstinence. But when the cutest guy in school starts flirting with her, she suddenly finds herself crazy in love, even though a) Jackson House can?t possibly think she's cute, so this must be a joke and b) she's vowed to keep herself pure until marriage and c) he shouldn?t even be talking to her, because he already has a girlfriend

With perception, honesty, and plenty of humor, bestselling author Dandi Daley Mackall deftly explores that wild roller coaster of a ride called first love.

Contributor Bio(s):
Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of numerous books for children, including Larger-Than-Life Lara. She lives in West Salem, Ohio, with her husband and their three children.
Dandi Daley Mackall is theauthor of numerous books for children, includingLarger-Than-Life Lara. She lives in West Salem, Ohio,with her husband and their three children.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
When Mary Jane gets involved with Jackson, a definite hottie, her senior year starts looking up. But when Jackson's on-again/off-again girlfriend finds out, things turn nasty. Mary Jane's alter egos, Plain Jane and sexy M.J., are unsubtle plot devices intended to reflect the main character's sense of fragmentation. But readers may relate to Mary Jane's feelings, especially as she debates having sex. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)
High school senior Mary Jane has two voices in her head: Plain Jane puts her down and demands that she be a good girl, while M.J., "a voice that can only be described as sexy," encourages her to take what she wants. These two voices battle it out as Mary Jane develops a "monster-truck-sized crush" on Jackson, who happens to be dating the school's queen bee. When Mary Jane starts dating him, the voices' arguments center around whether she should have sex with Jackson-in violation of an abstinence promise she made with her friends years ago ("Abstinence in Action!"). Mary Jane has some smart insights about the dynamics of girl friendships ("To the casual observer, The Girls are one big happy family tree... But from the inside, The Girls are all too aware of the delicate system of interlocking branches, the swaying and creaking of those branches in the wind"), and she eventually draws a perceptive conclusion about her internal voices, realizing that everyone "feels like we're different people" sometimes. Even so, readers may be confused when the book suddenly shifts from a story about clique politics to one about first romance. Some characters, like the heroine's two friends who parallel her internal voices, or Mary Jane's always sweet mentally retarded sister, remain two-dimensional. In the end, Mary Jane's story never comes to life. Ages 13-up. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 February)
Gr 8 Up-Mary Jane, 17, is a good student, adores her mentally challenged older sister, and has a loving family. She also has a huge crush on Jackson House, Star Simons's sexy boyfriend. When Mary Jane and Jackson take her car to get more soda during a party, almost immediately her friends start ignoring her and other boys call for dates. It turns out that Star is spreading rumors that Mary Jane is easy. Then Jackson breaks up with Star, and Mary Jane's life is transformed. The two are together constantly, and Jackson really seems to love her. That's why she is so tempted when he tells her that, with his parents away, they can be alone together in his house the night after Thanksgiving. Even after buying sexy undies, though, Mary Jane realizes that she wants to wait until she finds someone who will spend his whole life with her, in marriage. Reluctantly, Jackson accepts her decision, and the novel ends with Mary Jane wondering whether they'll remain a couple. Despite her fear of losing him, she knows that she'll be OK eventually either way. Mackall hits the nail on the head with her poignant description of first love and sexual yearning. The protagonist is an average middle-class girl who struggles hard with her decision. Teens will relate to her and will be disappointed when the story ends.-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.