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My New Crush Gave to Me
Contributor(s): Petroff, Shani
ISBN: 1250130328     ISBN-13: 9781250130327
Publisher: Swoon Reads
    OUR PRICE: $9.89  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: October 2017
Annotation: Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan rigs the school Secret Santa exchange to woo the boy of her dreams, a smart and popular star athlete who does not know she exists, while teaming up with her crush's annoying and spontaneous cousin, who counsels her on what her crush is looking for in a girlfriend. By the author of the Bedeviled series. Original. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Newspapers; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017007164
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.75" (1.00 lbs) 264 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 September #1)

In a Christmas romance that reads somewhat like a contemporary Cyrano de Bergerac, junior Charlotte "Charlie" Donovan has everything planned—except getting dumped. She's determined to find a new boyfriend before a friend's big post-Christmas birthday bash, and she has her sights on smart, popular, and athletic Teo Ortiz. After rigging the school newspaper's Secret Santa exchange, she tries to give Teo the perfect gifts, but getting close to him requires pulling strings and enlisting the help of his cousin J.D., whom she dismisses as irresponsible and annoying. Petroff cleverly plays on the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" during the Secret Santa gift-giving, though Charlotte's petty rivalry with a classmate can turn grating. Readers will easily recognize which Ortiz is right for Charlie; the most meaningful change in her life is the realization that not everything can be planned and controlled. Ages 13–up. Agent: Laura Dail, Laura Dail Literary. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 October)

Gr 8 Up—Charlotte Donovan, aka Charlie, knows what she wants for Christmas, and his name is Teo Ortiz. Teo is a star athlete and a member of the National Honor Society; he gets invited to every party and contributes to the school newspaper, of which Charlie just happens to be coeditor. He is exactly the kind of guy Charlie is looking for—but he barely knows she exists. Her plan is to rig the paper's Secret Santa exchange and win his heart with five perfect gifts. Problem is, she doesn't really know much about Teo, so she depends on the help of J.D., Teo's cousin. Charlie thinks that J.D. is the most annoying person on the planet because he is the exact opposite of her. But he knows what Teo wants, so she's stuck with him. This is a predictable, fluffy YA romantic comedy. Teens will be able to guess outcome of the plot within the first 10 pages. The characters are poorly developed and their dialogue is repetitive. VERDICT Not recommended.—Amy Caldera, Dripping Springs Middle School, TX

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