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Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive…

Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love

by Gary Paulsen

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Suddenly finding himself in love with Tina, Kevin Spencer figures that since chemistry is involved with love, he should take a scientific approach to becoming Tina's boyfriend. His approach is hilariously deliberate and highly impractical: in order to observe how love works he tries to create a romantic evening for his parents, and he sets various friends up on blind dates, to varying results. The humor can be rather subtle and sophisticated for the target reader, but kids will get what they will out of it. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I really liked this book because it's a romantic book. ( )
  danielapm9 | Nov 20, 2013 |
After scheming to make his life easier by lying (and that not working out), and scheming to make his life easier by making a lot of money (and that not working out), Kevin decides he will go about things scientifically this time and attempt to make Tina his girlfriend by conducting experiements about what makes people fall in love. He sets up a romantic date for his parents, attempts to ask his sister for advice, tries to set up his brother (and the entire hockey team) with dates, and even tries to set up his friends...but he's still too nervous to do any dating himself.

Funny, and probably the most realistic of the three in the series, it is a quick and light read. ( )
  agrudzien | May 18, 2013 |
Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.
  prkcs | Oct 3, 2012 |
Paulsen's lovable protagonist Kevin is back ... and in love. He wants to ask Tina out but doesn't know how. He sets out to engineer a variety of romantic rendezvous with family and friends so he can scientifically observe their mating rituals and replicate them for success with Tina. Most of the time, he ignites dinner more than passion as he bumbles and misses what's right in front of him. Paulsen has created another winning title that boys and girls alike will enjoy. Highly recommended. (203) ( )
  activelearning | Nov 13, 2011 |
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Readers met the comical Kevin in Liar, Liar and Flat Broke.  Kevin gets serious about Tina Zabinski, the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. Finally, finally, he's worked up his courage—he's going to ask her out. Or will his trademark scheming get in his way?

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Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.

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