Crush

Publisher: Scholastic

Review

Anna's having a hard time since her mum left, and she's feeling excluded from dad and Eddie's boy-only computer game time. When she walks out of the school therapist's office one day and straight into Will Bennett, one of the hottest boys in Year 11, she feels seen for the first time.

But as their relationship progresses, Will becomes more and more controlling and unpredictable, and his secret threatens to destroy both of them.

As with Ainsworth's previous YA hit 7 Days, this sensitive and thoughtful look at the dynamics of abusive relationships presents both victim and aggressor as three-dimensional characters - each with a clear insight into how their personal history affects their current behaviour. Thought-provoking and essential reading.

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