Crash Test Love Reviewed By Amy Lignor of
Amy Lignor

Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles.  She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books.  She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben

By Amy Lignor
Published on June 18, 2010
Author: Ted Michael
ISBN:  978-0-385-73580-3

I would say that this book is horrible because the characters show absolutely no emotion, heart, loyalty, or conscious of any kind.  But THAT’S what makes a great writer! 


Author: Ted Michael
Boy, it’s been a long time since everyone got into such an uproar over Judy Blume’s book “Forever.”  Back then, it was considered too racy to even place into the YA section of the local library.  That seems almost comical now when you realize that the YA’s of today are far more suggestive than anything Ms. Blume ever wrote.
In this book, we meet up with the guy that no girl can stand.  He is a senior in high school named Henry who loves sleeping with girls.  Frankly, in his eyes, they are good for one thing and one thing only – and that’s not washing his car.  He and his two moronic friends – Duke and Nigel – make it a point to crash Sweet Sixteen parties; make up fake names to pass themselves off as someone “better” (and also to make sure that no girl can ever find them again once they’ve used her and disappeared); and, spend the rest of their time trying to find a way to drink while swapping sick jokes about each other’s ‘mama.’  Henry is a handsome player who has upset many a girl and, from the very first page, readers will absolutely despise this guy. 
Now, at one Sweet Sixteen party the boys’ crash, Henry slams into a girl by the name of Garrett and his emotions begin to haunt him like there’s no tomorrow.  This is the one.  This is the girl he could give his whole ridiculous bachelorhood up for in a second and a half, and that reality scares him to death.  When he runs into her at school – in HIS school – the fear practically paralyzes him.
Garrett is a young woman who is just starting this snooty school.  Her father and mother have moved from Chicago so that her father can head up the film department at Columbia.  So, whether Garrett likes it or not, she’s been thrust into a world where she has no friends and, unfortunately, has been spotted by “The J Squad.”  The J Squad is made up of those girls.  We all had them in high school.  They’re the girls who are the hottest, coolest, and most popular in the whole school – and certainly the meanest.  They adhere themselves to Garrett and tell her that if she can get Henry (the school lothario) to ask her out on a date and then dump him flat in front of the cameras that will be filming at the next Sweet Sixteen party in town, than Garrett can become one of them.  Now, Garrett likes Henry, but he’s been snubbing her since she started school – so she accepts the challenge and throws herself into getting Henry to become her boyfriend so she can humiliate him.
I would say that this book is horrible because the characters show absolutely no emotion, heart, loyalty, or conscious of any kind.  But THAT’S what makes a great writer!  The writer had me feeling all kinds of unflattering emotions for these little…well…people, and I wanted nothing more than to find them and wipe them out for being nasty.  But…while telling the story the author also gave the characters reasons – real reasons why they were acting as they were, and then everything came into perspective.  You know who else was very good at that?  John Hughes – the master of teenage storytelling.  My congratulations definitely go out to the author and I will look forward to his next book.

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