Crazy in Love

Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Schizophrenic plot mars book about first love.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Good message about listening to yourself and making a decision that is right for you.


One of the major plot points is about Mary Jane's struggle to decide if she should have sex. Rumors are spread about Mary Jane, and she discusses sex with her friends.


Some brands mentioned, like MTV, Victoria's Secret, Diet Coke, plus Mary Jane works at a mall pretzel shop.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the book's premise deals with sex, from sexual rumors that the school's queen bee spreads about Mary Jane to Mary Jane's struggle to decide if she should have sex with her boyfriend. Mary Jane's best friend does have sex with her boyfriend in college, and Mary Jane buys lingerie in preparation for the big night with her first love.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byReviewer-extrao... April 9, 2008

Wonderful, witty, real, and delightful!

This book looks like it's going to be one of those sappy falling in love books, but it's so much more. The characters are real and deep and funny--I L... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 7, 2010

pretty good

It's a really good book. I recommend it.
Kid, 11 years old January 5, 2010

Good for mature tweens

It is a great book for teens andmature tweens. It kinda has too much lovey dovey stuff, but if you like romance books, this book will be perfect for you!

What's the story?

Mary Jane is crushing on a boy with a queen-bee girlfriend, which leads to some girl drama -- and to some vicious rumors pegging the good girl Mary Jane as a \"slut.\"

\ Even after she wins the boy of her dreams, her life is in turmoil as she tries to decide if she should stay true to her abstinence pledge.

Is it any good?

This book has a cute premise: Mary Jane has two voices in her head: a good girl and a, well, not-so-good girl. These voices advise her about her relationship with Jackson, the boy she's fallen for, who is also dating Star, the popular, mean girl at school. The problem is, like the voices, the book is split in two with Mary Jane dealing with rumors Star is spreading about her and trying to decide whether to have sex with Jackson.

There is a good message here about learning to listen to yourself. And there's definitely a bunch of topics that parents will be able to discuss with younger teens. But in the end, readers won't be too interested in Mary Jane's voices, or her love story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their young teens' expectations about love and sex. What do you think about abstinence pledges? Also, why is it that girls often become victims of sexual rumors? Why do girls call one another sluts? Have you heard any of these rumors at your school?

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