Review: Crazy for you – Jennifer Crusie

  • Title: Crazy For You
  • Author: Jennifer Crusie
  • Genre: Romance/Chick Lit
  • Why: Found a pile of books at work.
  • Rating: 4 Stars

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

Quinn McKenzie is 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 dognapping, breaking and entering, seduction, sabotage, stalking, more secrets than she really wants to know, and two men who are suddenly crazy . . . for her.

Review: Well this was a rather pleasant surprise! I’ve become a bit wary of the stack of books I found at my workplace, since a number of them have been decidedly underwhelming, but this one was a lot more entertaining than I was expecting it to be.

The heroine of the book is Quinn McKenzie, a thirty-something teacher in a smallish American town, who has a reputation for being eminently sensible, as opposed to her rather flighty sister. Quinn lives together with her boyfriend Bill, the baseball coach and all-round perfect guy whom everyone loves. Then one day something happens which makes Quinn realise that she doesn’t actually love Bill, and staying with him has simply been the easiest option. But Quinn’s had enough of easy, so she leaves Bill and finds a place of her own to live in. The problem is that Bill simply will not accept that things are over, and to complicate matters, Quinn discovers that she’s got the hots for her long-term best friend, who is rather commitment-phobic.

I found this book an absolute breeze to read, with an easy writing style and a characterisation that always made sense to me. Quinn’s motivation throughout the book is sound, and the only thing I could fault her for was not taking things as seriously as they were, later in the book. I can’t elaborate without giving away spoilers.

Quinn’s best friend Nick is a man who runs as soon as things get personal, and who’ll do anything to avoid being involved in messy relationship stuff, even if it’s not his own relationship. This could make him a complete dick, but I found him quite likeable despite his commitment phobia, even if it was in a kind of exasperating way. You know, ‘God, he’s such a bloke!’

Bill started off as your average bland Mr Perfect, then got progressively creepier. You can wonder how realistic his development is, but that didn’t make it any less creepy, and I thought it worked well.

And in the background you have your average group of average people, all with their own problems and quirks, sometimes providing funny moments and sometimes giving you a good target to hate.

In all a very solid read, entertaining and often gripping, and a very pleasant surprise.

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