BFTA Review: Jennifer Crusie – Crazy For You

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Title: Crazy for You
Author: Jennifer Crusie
St. Martin’s paperbacks
Rating: 5/5
Read for: 2011 Chick-Lit Challenge

On Wednesday, Quinn McKenzie changes her life. On Thursday, she tries to get somebody to notice. On Thursday night, somebody does.

Quinn McKenzie has always lived what she calls a “beige” life. She’s dating the world’s nicest guy, she has a good job as a high school art teacher, she’s surrounded by family and friends who rely on her, and she’s bored to the point of insanity.
But when Quinn decides to change her life by adopting a stray dog over everyone’s objections, everything begins to spiral out of control. Now she’s coping with dog-napping, breaking and entering, seduction, sabotage, stalking, more secrets than she really wants to know, and two men who are suddenly crazy… for her. (goodreads.com)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I went into it expecting a light, fluffy read of a woman caught between two men, but what I got was a little darker than the other Crusie books I’ve read so far.
From the start, I didn’t like Bill. Especially when he keeps thinking about how he just slowly moved his things into Quinn’s place, and how he talked her into getting an apartment together. Not to mention the animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is one of the only things that I have a hard time with in books, and yet, I still enjoyed the novel enough to stay up way past my bedtime, reading.

Every now and then, I thought of Quinn as a push-over. She goes along with a lot of things just to keep from fighting about it, and I sometimes wondered just what it is that Quinn might think is worth fighting over. In comes Nick, the former brother-in-law who’s had the hots for her since she was a teenager. Quinn apparently likes him enough to repeatedly try to seduce him, and I was glad to see Quinn wasn’t such a push-over after all.

Add to that a crazy boss who is more concerned with the team winning regionals and then the championship (to solidify his position as school principal) than the drama unfolding between Quinn and Bill, The Coach. He even goes so far as to threaten Quinn’s teaching career with statutory rape, and ignores her safety in favor of trying to make Bill see reason and keep him focused on the team.

Of course, as with all Crusie books, things are set right at the end, and it’s happily-ever-after for everyone (or maybe not, but at least for Quinn and Nick it is). This was a quick, fluffy read that I really enjoyed.

Originally posted 25 January 2011.

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