ARC REVIEW: Crush by Eve Ainsworth

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Title: Crush
Author: Eve Ainsworth
Publisher: Scholastic
Status: Published, available in paperback


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.


Wow. So I read this in a single sitting.
I don't usually read books concerned with issues such as this, but since I read and enjoyed Eve's debut, 7 Days, I was willing to give it a shot. And I'm glad I did.

As you can tell from the synopsis, Crush has a very poignant message, but as always, Eve treats prominent issues in a sensitive and empathetic manner, which made it a lot easier to read. On several occasions throughout the reading of this book (which was one evening, in a single sitting) I was in tears. Eve explores issues in several relationships, including romantic relationships, friendships, and the connections between siblings and parent and child. It was really interesting to see how Crush shows how significant the impact of relationships are on our entire lives, and how negative connections between two people can drastically create a very difficult basis, making it hard for other aspects of life to be as successful. 

The first person narration really helped me to form a connection to the main character. I genuinely cared about her story, which resulted in this being a very quick read, as I really wanted to be aware of what was going on in her life. 

Eve is very skilled in showing both sides of the coin. Through short diary extracts we get to view the situation from the 'abuser's side, creating a full picture. This approach is unbiased and means that as readers we get to really consider both parties involved instead of just condemning the 'villain' to being 'evil'. This kind of exploration is essential, especially in a modern society where we are quick to judge without knowing every detail.

Crush is a very emotional yet very entertaining read.
A book with an incredible significance in society.

4/5 Stars 

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