Review: Crazy For You by Jennifer Crusie
Tuesday January 8, 2013 at 12:00 am |

crazyforyou-jcPublisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Published: February 15, 2000
Copyright: 1999
Pages: 323
Form: Paperback
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On Wednesday, Quinn McKenzie changes her life. On Thursday, she tries to get somebody to notice. On Thursday night, somebody does.

Quinn McKenzie has always lived what she calls a “beige” life.  She’s 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 dog-napping, breaking and entering, seduction, sabotage, stalking, more secrets than she really wants to know, and two men who are suddenly crazy…for her.

My Thoughts:

Loved this book!  This is my second Crusie book.  I wasn’t too thrilled with the first one I read, but I’m so glad I decided to try her again because I fell for this book hard!  When Quinn and her very vanilla boyfriend Bill disagrees on keeping a rescue dog, Quinn realizes she’s been going along to get along and decides she wants more out of life.  Breaking up with Bill, she moves into her own place, and begins to see her best friend Nick, who also happens to be her ex brother-in-law, in a new and more interesting light.  But when Bill refuses to accept that she’s moved on, things get real dangerous for Quinn as Bill begins to sabotage her every effort to distance herself from him.

I love that Quinn is not content with being content and takes steps to change her life.  I also love that her decision prompts her friends and family to examine and question their own lives, and inspires them to also make changes and shake up their lives.

The characters in this book are so rich.  They are all colorful and entertaining, and made this book a joy to read.  Quinn is impulsive and inspiring while Bill is delusional and becomes increasingly unhinged the more Quinn refuses to come back.  Her parents are…interesting while her best friend just wants to be seen and appreciated by her husband again.  And Nick!  I adored me some Nick.  He’s dark and afraid of commitment, yet sincerely cherishes Quinn’s friendship.  He sincerely enjoys her company and is super protective of her.

Friends to lovers stories are my favorite as there is already a strong foundation built.  To me it makes for an interesting story as the characters transition from just friends to something much more.  Quinn’s and Nick’s journey is so entertaining and peppered with misunderstandings, hi-jinks, and witty dialogue.

The only issue I have is Ms. Crusie’s penchant for messiness.  She likes writing about friends and family sharing each others lovers and partners, etc.  While I’m sure these things happen, it’s still a little weird.

Overall I loved the book.  I was in the mood for a good chick lit story and this one did not disappoint.

 

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8 Responses to “Review: Crazy For You by Jennifer Crusie”

  1. Ex brother in law? Scandalous. And I LOVE the cover for some reason. It’s old school cute.

  2. Kat C says:

    I haven’t read much ChickLit, but I love how this book was published 13 years ago and is still so relatable and good. I find chicklit to be so timeless.

  3. Whoa, that does sound messy. It’s a nice surprise that you found this book more enjoyable than the first book you read by this author. I always wonder if a book I disliked speaks for the authors other works, too, so I’m glad to know that’s not always the case. Great review, Jade!

    • Jade says:

      Me too Jessica. Many times I’m not willing to give another try, but the good things said about this author seemed to outweigh the bad so I said WTH!

  4. Oh yes, yes, yes! I’m adding this to my list right now.

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