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When the group dynamic among Jorge's friends starts to shift, he must learn to balance what his friends expect of him and what he really wants.
Publisher: New York, NY : JY, 2018
Edition: First JY edition
ISBN: 9780316363235
Branch Call Number: Fiction Chmakova CHILD
Characteristics: 234 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm


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May 11, 2019

such an AMAZING book. When ever i get a turn to read it, i read it over, and over and over.

JessicaGma May 07, 2019

This is a perfect graphic novel and did not make me want to stab my eyes as many middle grade tales do. Chmakova is a genius at telling tales but also attaching in good messaging about bodily autonomy, bullying, and finding your true friends. I can't wait for more.

forbesrachel Apr 22, 2019

Growing up can be awkward, it can require you to stand up to bullies, and it is also a time of many firsts, including first love. Crush continues to build on the themes of adolescence that Chmakova has conveyed so well in her previous two graphic novels, only this time focusing on the theme of crushes. In his school, Jorge has become a sort of defender. He has a strong moral centre which pushes him to act, and to treat others respectfully. In reality, Jorge prefers to keep his distance from everyone but his two best friends, so he is quite unprepared when he suddenly finds himself thinking of this girl Jazmine. Chmakova looks at various types of relationships, as well as how the outcomes can differ when people treat each other differently. Romantic interactions are kept at the sweet level, and only focus on the emotional and social aspects. The story is fairly true to the ups and downs of such relationships. As usual, the characters are a diverse cast which eschew the normal stereotypes, and through their experiences, they naturally teach important life lessons, such as: respect for oneself and others, what it means to be a good friend, and finding a good balance. The art and writing is as superb as the first two graphic novels as well, making this another must read for the middle grade audience.

DCLkids Mar 01, 2019

A Great Books for Great Kids pick. Jorge, Garrett and Olivia have always been best friends, but this year things are changing. This graphic novel about a boy’s first crush will appeal to 6th-8th graders.

JCLHebahA Feb 12, 2019

I've become a fan of Svetlana Chmakova. In many ways, middle-grade slice-of-life graphic novels are cut from similar cloth, but I really enjoy her art style, casual diversity of characters, and her very obvious empathy for all the awkwardness of adolescence. First crushes are weird new ground, and she captures that well, as well as the gossip mill of middle school making things that much more complicated. Bonus points for dealing with consent and bodily autonomy as well.

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Dec 26, 2018

It's a pretty simple light-hearted "shy-beginner-romance" book. There's a small side plot regarding friend drama and stuff so it's not all revolving romantic development. The romance is faint and more like "falling in like". Not exactly my taste as I prefer more spice and stir, but some might find it pleasing. Art is simple and dainty, it's cool.

Dec 21, 2018

Berrybrook Middle School is back with a graphic novel starring Jorge Ruiz. This series continues to be outstanding in the issues that are introduced. In this installment, Jorge deal with a crush and a false accusation. You can't help but root for him as he works to maintain a positive presence in the midst of his classmates. Love the artwork, problem-solving and characters themselves. A high quality series.

Dec 08, 2018

This was a great book! I really like how there's always drama scattered throughout the book and how there's definitely some conflict near the end. It makes a book look wonderful. If you haven't already, you should definitely read this book! It is awesome. By the way, who has noticed that so far, the titles of this series have gone in alphabetical order (Awkward, Brave, Crush)? Just an observation! *wink*

OPL_KrisC Oct 18, 2018

Another great addition to the Awkward series by Svetlana Chmakova. Kids can definitely relate to a lot of the issues that the main character Jorge has to deal with in this graphic novel.


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Oct 01, 2018

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