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A Southern Charmed Novel
February 18, 2019
Blurb: Haley Howell has had a hopeless crush on her brother’s best friend, Jake Lexington, for as long as she can remember. Too bad to him, she’ll forever be off-limits. But with senior year and acceptance to a college outside their tiny southern town of Culler, South Carolina, comes new confidence. Haley’s ready to get Jake to notice her—whatever it takes.
No one in Culler notices the real Jake anymore—to them, he’s nothing more than the star football player or the kid with the family tragedy. When one mistake lands him in mandatory community service, he’s shocked to find his best friend’s little sister there, too. Jake’s looking for an escape; Haley’s looking for a chance. Together, they’ll find exactly what they need…if only they’re willing to cross that line and risk it all.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains underage drinking, language, and a drool-worthy football player who puts Tim Riggins to shame. It will make you cry, sigh, and yearn for your own Friday Night Lights.
Each book in the Southern Charmed series is STANDALONE:
* The Sweetheart Sham
* The Crush Collision
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
I liked The Crush Collision by Danielle Ellison, a YA romance from Entangled. All of the characters were well-drawn with no stereotypical mean girl or douche guy who is usually present in a high school romance.
Adding in Jake’s involvement with sick children because of his mandatory community service was a good touch because it allowed Jake to grow but also showed his sensitive, kind side that he doesn’t show when playing football or hanging out with the guys.
Haley was a sweet, wallflower of a girl who was only just beginning to show she had a backbone. I would have liked to see more of this throughout
The Crush Collision, not to mention that it would have been great to see that art came up as a passion for her and not as a second thought.
I am a sucker for girls having a crush on their brother’s best friend and am not let down, although a lot of “girl codes” and “guy codes” come up, which always leave me wondering why people just don’t communicate better.
The one difficulty I had with the novel was the underage drinking, especially Jake’s. It’s treated with such nonchalance that I had to double-check to see if 21 was the drinking age in South Carolina. No adult takes Jake aside or even mentions it until 86% of the way into the novel. 86% of the way! The reason why he has community service is because he came to school drunk and mouthed off to a teacher. This school has no counselors? No concerned teachers or principal? No parents of friends who wonder about his behavior? For this fact alone, I would not recommend this book for teenage readers who would get the impression that this is all “okay.” I get it; this behavior goes on, but its depiction, especially in a novel intended for young adults, should never be shrug-worthy.
If you’re a fan of YA romances, especially involving high school football, don’t mind the above described nonchalance of underage drinking, and love when an unrequited crush gets requited, The Crush Collision will be for you.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jake Lexington is asleep on my couch again. The sight of him there—one leg sprawled over the back and the other over the side, arms tucked across his eyes—takes me by surprise. Not him, I reckon. He’s here so much, it might as well be his couch. It’s the look of him, the way he has this power to make me blush without even being conscious. I can still feel his breath on my neck at the party. Stop it, Haley.
I avert my eyes as I rush past him toward the kitchen.
It’s better for everyone if I don’t look at him too long. Even when he’s asleep. Maybe especially when he’s asleep, because then there’s no risk of him noticing that I’m staring and I can look as long as I want. Looking too long makes me want him. Jake Lexington is off-limits.
I stop in the doorway and glance back. He shifts on the couch, a move that makes his long hair dangle in front of his face. He even sleep-sighs, and it makes me smile. He’s so cute laying there. I’d take a picture of him right now if it wouldn’t be considered ten kinds of creepy.
Lord, I’m hopeless.
About the Author:
Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.