The Crush by Allyson Kennedy (The Ballad of Emery Brooks, #1)
Published: October 24, 2020 by Allyson Kennedy
Source: Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Summary: (from Goodreads)
A combination hopeless romantic and old soul trapped in a teenager’s body, closet musician Emery Brooks wonders if she’ll ever find a love as timeless as her grandparents’. Fear of judgment and social alienation due to her older brother’s past mistakes render her incapable of writing a love song. Still, Emery holds fast to the ideals her Grandma Adeline instilled in her from a young age, vowing to allow God to handwrite her love story, to never settle for anything less.
That is, until love cynic Sawyer Alston enters her world. Broken by the wrath of his parents’ failed marriage, Sawyer has been uprooted from everything he’s ever known and now sees love as a void of empty promises. When Emery and Sawyer meet due to their mothers’ rekindled friendship, Emery soon realizes she’s in over her head.
For, despite her resistance, her first crush, her first glimpse at love, involves a boy who doesn’t believe in love at all.
Rating: 4/5 stars
**I received a digital ARC of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
I want to start by alerting to trigger warnings for suicide attempt and depression.
This was such a sweet little story! It is a very young adult novel. It follows our main character, Emery, from ages 14-16. It is a great coming-of-age story.
The writing was really good, it kept my attention and made me want to continue reading. It reminded me so much of my raising. Being set in the south, the language and God-centered family aspects were almost identical to mine as I grew up. I loved that part of it. And even though I’m a decade+ older than the main character, it was easy to connect and understand her because of my childhood.
I loved loved loved that it was so God-centered. It was a clean YA love story, and it was really refreshing.
I loved her grandparents played such a huge role in her life. Again, I can relate being that I was essentially raised by my own grandparents. They’re my shining stars, for sure. So that aspect definitely touched my heart.
The crush turned love story was so sweet. Complicated, for sure, even for such young kids. The love interest was a bit older than her. However, his age did make his issues more believable.
There was so much love and heartache intertwined in this story. It was beautifully done. Again, loved the family dynamic most of all.
The ending was so sad, but it didn’t quite fit for me. It felt rushed? It didn’t flow well with the rest of the story. But otherwise, the book was so enjoyable to read. I really enjoyed my time with it.
Thank you so much, Allyson for allowing me to read and review your book!
Please be sure to add this one to your Goodreads shelves!
Thanks for reading! 🙂