Thursday, July 22, 2010

Review: Crash Test Love by Ted Michael

Title: Crash Test Love
Series: N/A
Book #: N/A
Author: Ted Michael 
Source: Random House Publishers
Published: 2010

The last thing Henry Arlington wants is a girlfriend. He's just very, very good with girls—reading their body language, knowing what they want to hear, and more importantly: getting them into the backseat of his car. But all that changes when he meets Garrett Lennox at one of the many Sweet Sixteen parties he crashes.

Garrett thinks she's done with guys. She was dumped by her ex when she moved from Chicago to Long Island, and now she realizes that she needs to find out who she is by herself, instead of with a boyfriend. What she really needs is some good friends.

Fortunately for Garrett, the J Squad—the "it" girls of East Shore High School—want her in their clique. All she has to do is pass one little test: get East Shore god Henry Arlington to take her to one of the biggest Sweet Sixteens of the year, then dump him in front of everyone.

Garrett has promised herself not to fall for another guy, so playing with Henry's heart shouldn't be hard. Right?

And Henry doesn't fall for girls, so when he and Garrett start to click, it doesn't matter. Does it? As William Shakespeare once said, "Love is blind," or in this case, the lovers may be, as Henry and Garrett fall in love—and into the trap that awaits them. Because neither of them can even begin to see what the girls of Henry Arlington's past have in store.

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Amber's thoughts:
I don't want to say that I hated this book. I really didn't. There were powerful messages about love and loss in Crash Test Love. Still, I can't say that I always liked the way the author conveyed them. When I finished the book, there was no sense of closure. It was one of those endings that leaves you thinking someone ripped the last few pages out of the book. It simply couldn't end like that. 

The story is told through Garret and Henry's alternating points of view. While I didn't love either Garrett or Henry, I sided with Henry in most cases. Garrett was a little too independent and pig-headed for me. Henry, on the other hand, was relatable. At first he appears cocky and confident. By the end of story, Henry's insecurities and deepest feelings have been exposed to the reader. I felt for him and wished that he could have had a happier ending.

This book examines some of the tougher situations teens are faced with today. Peer pressure, family issues, the need to fit in. There was some cursing, and a few adult scenes, but nothing that most teens over fifteen haven't seen or heard of before. In some ways, this book is good for teens. It teaches teens to stand up for themselves and to not let others decide what they should do and who they should be. They can learn from the characters' mistakes.

My biggest problem with this book was the ending. It came so suddenly, and nothing was really wrapped up. I don't want to spoil anything, but if you like happily-ever-afters, then this isn't the book for you. Still, others may want to give it a shot. It's a fairly quick and entertaining read. Overall, I'd say maybe pick it up if you have the chance, but don't get your hopes up too high.

*Thanks to Random House for the review copy


Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

<3 this book. I wanted a different ending.. but it was good. Definitely thought provoking.

Cindy said...

Hmm, this is the first time I hear of this. Don't know if I would be satisfied with an ending like that so I don't know if I'd give it a shot. Great review :)