Crush is Svetlana Chmakova’s third graphic novel set at Berrybrook Middle School. I was very excited about the opportunity to read this book because my oldest daughter is in the sixth grade, and she loves graphic novels. For several years, she read graphic novels almost exclusively. She has always been a voracious reader, so this meant that we always had a lot of graphic novels in the house. She has recently branched out and found some novels that she really likes, but she still loves graphic novels.

Since she is an expert in the genre, I thought that it would be nice if she could share her thoughts on Crush:

So, I just want to say that I LOVE Svetlana Chmakova’s books, and that I was so exited when I heard there was a third book!

What I like about Svetlana’s books is that she takes a supporting character from a previous book and makes a book about them! This book is about a character from Brave, Jorge. He loves sports and will help anyone who is in trouble! At the beginning of the story, we get an intro to Jorge’s best friends, Liv and Garret and we are also introduced to the football team and this worsethanajerk quarterback who is a honor roll student, but he acts like a total worsethanajerk. But Jorge has a crush, Jazmine, who’s part of the drama club. (She has a boyfriend though. But he acts like a TOTAL jerk to Jorge.) Eventually, Jazmine and her boyfriend break up, which gives Jorge a chance to jump in and become Jazmine’s boyfriend. You’ll have to read the book to find out if it works out for them or not.

I really liked this book and was waiting for another graphic novel about the students of Berrybrook Middle School! If you haven’t read Awkward or Brave, you need to read them before reading!!! Svetlana draws and writes AMAZING YA graphic novels that I have become a big fan of! (Svetlana, if you’re reading this, congrats on the baby!)

Clearly, this is an enthusiastic recommendation for Crush. She is already looking forward to the next book the series, and I’m sure that she will be re-reading the other Berrybrook titles until then!

We voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.




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