Crush Berrybrook Middle School #3 (READ)
Ut the kids call him the Sheriff It s a joke but his interventions workWhen he meets Jazmine he is surprised to find himself tongue tied and blushing You can guess where the story goes It s a long book so I ll just copy a few excerpts here to give ou an idea I m not spoiling anything by saying it has a happy ending but ou probably figured as much eh Thanks to NetGalley and Yen Press for the preview copy from which I ve pinched the pictures Jorge the Sheriff breaks up boys ganging up on a smaller boyJorge shoots hoops and says that sports is simpler than middle schoolCoach Mrs Rashad reads the kids the riot act about verbal abuseJorge realises he s got a crush and gets so flustered he misses a passed ballGarrett explains to Jorge he hangs out with another guy so he can be part of the in crowdMrs Rashad makes sure the kids understand that they are in charge of their bodiesJorge is upset because someone hacked his social media account and made nasty remarks about friends Having a crush is so hard and is is doubly hard for Jorge especially since the girl he has the crush on has a boyfriendWe met Jorge in earlier bo 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 comfortable with audiobooks and graphic novels So I left it on her computer and texted her at work to say she had a surpriseand her reaction was gratifyingThis series is brilliant in how it captures the middle school experience When I read Awkward I initially thought the attitudes and relationships were too mature for middle schoolers And then I started remembering my own middle school experience I d blocked it out for being a traumatic period of confusion growing awareness of boys being bullied and basically not knowing who I was or what I wanted to be And Chmakova gets thatIn Crush the story is about Jorge s crush on Jazmine but it goes so much further than that into issues of body autonomy and going along with the crowd and the horrors of gossip And all of it is done in a way That Avoids Being A Lecture avoids being a lecture would kill the story dead It s also a story about friendship and forgiveness Jorge is eminently lovable not just for being big and conscious of using his size to protect others but because he has a clear grasp of right and wrong and never fails to act accordingly If this was a didactic story I d say he s the perfect role model but it s not and Jorge is simply the person he iswho happens to be someone any kid struggling to find his place in the world might look up
toI continue to look forward to volumes in this delightful series I absolutely can t look continue to look forward to volumes in this delightful series I absolutely can t look my previous review without cringing HARD so I deleted it But this was so SO cute Imma need to reread this normally but Svetlana Chmakova et again does not disappoint Whenever I go to some store where there s books mostly Target I pick this up I m currently at page 186 and it s SO CUTE GUYS I WISHED IN Brave TO SEE JORGE MORENOW LOOK AT THIS AR. When he crosses paths with a certain girl But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wan. Letics clubs the obligatory school dance bullies shy kids kids longing to be in the it crowd loyal friends bad decisions gossip drama and of course crushes The addition of strong female characters who stand up for themselves and others texting intentional misrepresentation of others online and body autonomy make current this timeless story for themselves and others texting intentional misrepresentation of others online and body autonomy make current this timeless story in a lovable main character with the gift of charity and forgiveness and this is a winner amongst current middle schoolersThe last few pages give a peek inside the long process of creating a single panel for a graphic novel a labor of love for which this talented author is uite suited She offers kids a vision of how she does what she does in a way that is positive and exudes enthusiasm and respect for the craft Congratulations to the author on the birth of her baby 45 stars I love this series and want to gift it to every kid I know startingin middle school end reviewNo 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 and his storyline but I really liked this one as well Jorge is a uiet guy one who doesn t say much but he really has a strong sense of self and strong foundation for what is right and what isn t which is hard to have in middle school His friendship with Olivia and Garret was probably my favorite part of this it is done so well This is a standalone novel ou see Some Of The Characters From of the characters from previous books in the background of the panels but since Jorge and his friends hang out with a totally different group than the others this is a book that can be picked up and read without reading any of the previous books They all simply go to the same big Middle School but they don t all know each other And I liked that Also it makes recommending this series to the kids that come to the library so much easier since they don t have to start at book 1 35 If ou can t use our sports skills to win and have to resort to verbal abuse and insults on my field GET OFF MY FIELD Middle school is hard Being a new teenager is hard But this is easy An easy to read easy to understand graphic novel that covers a lot of issues Boys girls non binary one mention extroverts and shy kids sports jocks and bookish nerds big guys and little kids popular kids and loners pale medium dark kids blondes brunettes redheads headscarf And names from around the globe Jorge Ruiz our hero Olivia Liv Jorge s best friend Jazmine Duong shy uiet and Jorge s first crush Zeke Garrett James and a host of others including Mrs Rashad Mrs Rashad is also the sports coach and the one who made the earlier remark about GET OFF MY FIELDKids bounce around the hallways open lockers eat lunch together or alone and most importantly occasionally bully each other Jorge is a big kid and he doesn t like bullying When he calls it L 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 game is.