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Crush

(Awkward #3)

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Following the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE, Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment - CRUSH!
Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by JY
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Jacob Proffitt
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is third in a series that is only very lightly related. None of them rely on any of the others so they can easily be read in any order. I do highly recommend reading them all, in whatever order you choose.

Chmakova knocked this one out of the park, too. Which is no surprise. Again, the characters fairly leap off the page and the story is so well-told that it takes you back to those middle school years and the rapid-fire changes and drama and pain and joy inherent in them. As with any great s
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Jen
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I SO needed this as a palate cleanse after the last two horrific 1 star graphic novels I just read.

This book is cute and sweet and everything I needed right now. I read the teaser handed out at ALA Annual 2018 and knew that I had to get my hands on the entire thing. I was right, it was so awesome! I didn't realize this was the third in a series, so now I have two other books to look forward to, yay!!

This is a contemporary story from the POV of Jorge, a large middle schooler with two BFFs, Olivi
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Laura
Having a crush is so hard, and is is doubly hard for Jorge, especially since the girl he has the crush on has a boyfriend.

We "met" Jorge in earlier books in this series, but it is not necessary to read the other books, as each of them are self contained. Awkward and Brave build on each other, but you can pick any of the three books up and have a wonderful time seeing the drama that is middle school.

There are the mean boys, rather than mean girls, in this story, which is a refreshing change. But
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Skirmish
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-comics
Book Reaction: http://nildivision.blogspot.com/2018...
Rating: 5 Stars - absolutely perfect
Melissa McShane
I ordered this months ago and then forgot about it until I got the notice that it had shipped. Though I love all of Svetlana Chmakova's work, my interest pales beside that of my daughter, whose mild reading disability translates to her being more comfortable with audiobooks and graphic novels. So I left it on her computer and texted her at work to say she had a surprise...and her reaction was gratifying.

This series is brilliant in how it captures the middle school experience. When I read Awkward
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steph
I love this series and want to gift it to every kid I know starting/in middle school. /end review

No but seriously. I love the story lines, the artwork is SUPERB. I just really love Chmakova's illustrations and the way each panel just goes with each other. She says so much without saying a word (case in the point the cover in which everyone is faded out except Jorge staring at his crush. How true to life is that?!?!?!). I still think Brave is my favorite of this series so far (I just love Jensen
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Yasmeena
Jul 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
GUYS

I WISHED IN Brave TO SEE JORGE MORE

NOW LOOK AT THIS ART

Amy
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4 Stars ****

I don't feel that I could ever give a negative rating to a graphic novel because I always think of how much work they must be to create. I also enjoy reading them so much because they're fast and easy reads.
This graphic novel "Crush" is about middle school children so I do feel like I'm too old for it but I still related in a reminiscent way. Jorge is the main character and obviously has a crush on a girl. The story is about him dealing with his fear of talking to girls and also dea
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Josephine
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much :o if there is a fourth book i can't wait :D
Irene
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
Even though I haven’t read the author before, I liked it her style. It's a light reading, the illustrations are so cute and I loved Jorge.

The characters are diverse, and THE FEMALE CHARACTERS!!!, all the girls are strong and independent. I liked the messages that are given in the story. It’s a graphic novel that I would recommend to teenagers.

The only thing that I didn’t like was the issue with James at the end, that took away points from the story. Overall, an entertaining and recommended story
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Samriddhi
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book on how it relates to kids my age. It also shows how caught up we are in today's world, like all the drama and nonsense that we forget what the purpose of life is. This didn't take me that long to finish. I finished it like in 2 hours and it was very fun to see the main character to evolve during the story. I think this is a really great book for kids in middle school to relate to and I really recommend it.
Dylan
This is a really good book. I love it because it kind of relates to my life. You know, friends leave me to go hang out with the "Cool kids. And don't think about what their doing until they do something wrong and they get in trouble because of it. I highly recommend this book for people who love graphic novel/ romance.
Emilie Emzbooksandco
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This comic was so cute and perfect!
The drawings were beautiful, the story way too cute, and I smiled way too much while reading it. Loved it and definitely going to read the previous ones!
Brierley
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a fan of Awkward and Brave, but Crush is now my favorite of the Berrybrook Middle School books! I adored this honest portrayal of crushing in middle school complete with awkwardness and flaws. Jorge is a reluctant crusher, which speaks to the fact that we can’t always control who we crush on. Chmakova’s illustrations accurately capture the myriad of emotions experienced by these relatable characters. Olivia, Garrett, and Jorge are quite a trio. Favorite quote from Olivia, “I mean, loyalty! L ...more
Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
Cute preview for a comic based on middle-schoolers and their struggles. Jorge's a big kid. Big where they believe he's a fighter, but a girl he knows inspires a crush. Maybe he's a lover?



Pop Bop
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
O.K., I Get It Now

This is the third book in the "Berrybrook Middle School" series, after "Awkward" and "Brave". I wasn't familiar with those books, but looked at some of their reviews and blurbs before reading "Crush". The reviews are wildly favorable, (there are hundreds just on the Amazon site), and the fans are pretty intense. "Awkward" has over 19,000 ratings and almost 1,500 reviews on Goodreads, and I'm not sure I've ever seen a book with that many ratings that averaged over four stars. So
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Ms. Yingling
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Netgalley

Jorge struggles with his role in the school. He is an athlete, but doesn't much care for the way the other members of his team act. He has a huge crush on Jazmine, and asks her to the big athletic ball, but struggles with how to talk to her on a daily basis. There's lots of boy/girl drama at school, with people breaking up and getting back together, and Jorge doesn't want to be part of that. He enjoys working with the newspaper on the sports beat, and has a good friend in Liv
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Tena Edlin
I love this series of graphic novels, and this newest addition to the collection is no exception. The only thing that prevented it from being 5 stars for me is that in an effort to include every “group” of people in the book, the author went a little over the top for me with her minor characters. I appreciate the intention, but it just felt a little contrived. Everything else felt very believable, and I love the messages of acceptance, decency, and kindness. Jorge could be my favorite character ...more
Jennifer Mangler
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed Chmakova's Awkward series. She really captures the essence of middle school. Crush is my favorite so far, and it's all because of Jorge. Man, I love him! How could I not love a character who lives by the principle "Strength is a resource. If you have a lot and someone doesn't, you gotta share yours."? He isn't just kind in his interactions with others. He actively spends his days looking out for the weaker kids. We all could stand to be a lot more like Jorge.
Kristin
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This middle school graphic novel is much deeper than a crush. Topics of peer pressure, bullying, and respect are also woven into the plot. I really love this collection of stories and hope Chmakova keeps creating them.
Sara
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SO MUCH LOVE

So much drama and figuring out friendships and romantic feelings and personal morality and body autonomy and casual diversity. Jorge is such a great character and I love him.
Olivia
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it was so good. I fell for the characters personality and thought. If you are into middle school drama then this book is good for you.
Allie
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think I will always love this author I think her drawings are just amazing. I started reading her books like 2 years ago, and I’ve been hooked since!
Kristen
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love, love, LOVE this middle grade graphic novel series. I was so excited to get a DRC, especially when I found out that Crush follows Jorge, one of my favorite side characters from Brave.

These books have SO many things going for them. The artwork is amazing (and adorable), the cast of characters are the most diverse I have seen in middle grade fiction, and the range of topics covered: crushes (and the drama that ensues)
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Cynthia Parkhill
May 05, 2018 is currently reading it
The character of Jorge lends a protective presence to the hallways of Berrybrook Middle School; I met him in Brave, patroling the halls and persuading bullies to leave their targets alone. In Crush, the latest by Svetlana Chmakova, Jorge takes center stage and we learn the wisdom from Jorge's father that Jorge takes to heart: "Strength is a resource. If you have a lot and someone doesn't, you gotta share yours." But Jorge's calm presence is ruffled by a schoolmate, Jazmine. (I got to read an exc ...more
Mehsi
I received this book from publisher/Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

As I said in my review for the previous book, I was hoping this one would be about Jorge, and look! Look! It is! Yay!!! fangirls

Jorge is so adorable, how he is trying to be all like: Oh nobody got time for all that dating stuff and blabla. We are on a mission to stop bullying and the like. Then he spots Jazmine and gets totally flustered! Adorable!!!!!! And that is how it goes every time he sees her, or if she talks to
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Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4 or 4.25
I didn't enjoy Brave very much because it took characters we knew and loved and turned them into complete jerks. And it was disappointing because we saw barely any of the characters we fell in love with from Awkward.

With Crush, I knew it would be more separate from the other two. This is more like a series of companion books rather than a sequential series. We follow different characters in each one.

The artwork is incredible, I just have to get that out. It's so bright and colorful and
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Maureen Lubitz
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

Crush is Svetlana Chmakova’s third graphic novel set at Berrybrook Middle School. I was very excited about the opportunity to read this book because my oldest daughter is in the sixth grade, and she loves graphic novels. For several years, she read graphic novels almost exclusively. She has always been a voracious reader, so this meant that we always had a lot of graphic novels in the house. She has recently branched out and found some novels that sh
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Ally Camble
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Crush is adorable!

Jorge is the strong, quiet type. He is also kind and good and always standing up for the little guy along with his hyper but trusty best friend, Liv. He is so big his classmates are afraid of him, which helps him keep order, and much more mature than them, which is why he has to keep order. At least, he’s mature in some ways. There is one way he’s still so young: he’s never liked a girl before. And he does not know what to do with it. The crush; not the girl, though he doesn’t
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Niki
I am a fan of Svetlana Chmakova's novels and Crush did not disappoint. Sweet, kind Jorge realizes he has a crush and he awkwardly navigates getting to know her better. Meanwhile, some other boys are being mean and Jorge, in his ever-gentle manner, sets them straight. There are so many different themes woven into this graphic novel, including friendship, crushes, bullying, and doing the right thing. This charming novel gave me the warm fuzzies.

Technically Crush is the third graphic novel in a ser
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Svetlana Chmakova (Russian: Светлана Шмакова) (born 1979 in Russia) is a comic creator. She is best known for Dramacon, an original English-language (OEL) manga spanning three volumes and published in North America by Tokyopop. Her other work includes the 2-page The Adventures of CG for CosmoGIRL! magazine and the webcomic Chasing Rainbows for Girlamatic. Though born in Russia, she immigrated to C ...more

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Awkward (3 books)
  • Awkward (Awkward, #1)
  • Brave (Awkward, #2)
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