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Happy Book Birthday to CRUSH by Eve Ainsworth – a review by Emma Pass

Today is publication day for CRUSH by Eve Ainsworth, which Scholastic very kindly sent me a review copy of just before Christmas. Happy book birthday, Eve!


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…


I loved Eve’s debut novel, 7 DAYS, and I predict that CRUSH will establish her, quite rightly, as one of the UK’s top contemporary YA writers. As with 7 DAYS, which dealt with bullying, CRUSH looks at the novel’s central issue (this time, a controlling relationship) from both sides, with huge amounts of empathy and understanding. The story is realistically and sensitively told, helping the reader to understand the reasons for Will’s behaviour without condoning it. This book takes a realistic and unflinching look at controlling relationships, yet doesn’t glamourise or excuse what Will does to Anna.


It’s also highly readable, and Eve keeps up a sense of tension and menace which pulls you through the story at a breathless pace.


This is an important and thought-provoking novel, and I hope it finds the wide readership it deserves.



23Eve Ainsworth
Eve Ainsworth’s debut YA novel, 7 Days is a contemporary dual narrative novel focused on bullying will be published by Scholastic in Feb 2015. A second contemporary novel will be published in 2016. Eve works in a large secondary school, as a Child Protection Officer, whilst also concentrating on her writing. Eve has had competition success with her short stories, most recently in Prima and Writer’s Forum. A short story has also been published in The Weekly News. Her previous Young Adult novel, The Art of Kissing Frogs, was shortlisted for the Greenhouse Funny Prize (June 2012). She lives with her husband and two slightly nutty children in Crawley, West Sussex.

2 comments on “Happy Book Birthday to CRUSH by Eve Ainsworth – a review by Emma Pass

  1. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    March 3, 2016

    Like the sound of this, thanks for the review.

  2. bridgeanneartandwriting
    March 3, 2016

    Sounds another excellent book- thank you for the review.(P.S. I think Eve’s biography needs updating as it mentions her first, highly acclaimed YA novel ‘7 Days’ as about to be published & doesn’t mention ‘Crush’ at all.)

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