Crush by Eve Ainsworth

crushGenre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 288
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Proof
Source: Scholastic
Rating: 5 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository

Love hurts … but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control… Eve Ainsworth’s gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive.


I received this book in exchange for a review but this did not affect my opinion at all.

I loved Eve Ainsworth’s debut novel, 7 Days, so obviously I’ve been incredibly excited for Crush for ages. When it finally arrived through my mailbox, I was very happy and I couldn’t wait to start it. Eve Ainsworth did not disappoint in her second novel.

Having already read the blurb, I knew that this book was going to be difficult to read and it was. At times, I really struggled to keep reading simply because it was hurting to me to read a novel like this. Eve’s fast pacing made it easier to keep going and it made the story easier to digest. If anyone else had written this novel, I would have struggled but Eve’s knowledge and understanding of the characters and the events made the novel easier to take in. The novel definitely has an important message that needs to be spread to everyone. I think this is a book that a lot of teenagers need to read, not even just teenagers. Everyone needs to read this book and know that these destructive relationships cannot happen.

The set of characters in this novel are all very diverse. Anna is a great representation of a young, vulnerable and lonely teenage girl and I loved that. Most authors try their best to make their female characters “strong” and confident to the point where it’s often unbelievable but I love the fact that Eve strays away from this as she attempts to show off a realistic teenage girl. Will is unlikable from the start, but this was her intention. The other characters were all great(especially Lyn, who is a character from 7 Days.)

Overall, Eve Ainsworth has proved that her debut novel was not a fluke and that she most definitely can write amazing novels that are gripping, raw and realistic. Eve Ainsworth’s USP is definitely how much she understands her audience.  I strongly recommend Crush to anyone and everyone.

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