New Graphic Novel Review: Crush by Svetlana Chmakova

Hiya everyone, it’s Sarah!

I have been impatiently waiting for this new book in the Berrybrook Middle School series. I screamed for joy when I got an eARC through Netgalley and fangirled with all of my Chmakova-fan friends. If you want to read my thoughts on Brave, the previous book in the series, you can check out my blog post.

It is time to return to Berrybrook Middle School, where things are just as cute and complicated as always. Everyone around Jorge seems to be pairing off, but he isn’t about that romantic life. His two best friends are going through their own growing pains. Liv is having trouble with her new boyfriend and Garrett is desperate to infiltrate the popular guy’s sports clique. Jorge soon finds that he actually does like a girl at school, Jasmine, if only he could gain the confidence to talk to her. Serious tensions begin to evolve around these characters when Garrett’s new friends bully/torment their peers.

This graphic novel does not disappoint. The art and story are on point. The plot is realistic and relevant to today’s teens. I love the manga stylings of Chmakova. I love her diverse cast of characters and her socially conscious narratives, which support the growth of young girls. I know this one isn’t technically out yet, I know that the author just had a baby, but GAAHHH I want more!!


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