Saturday, August 13, 2011

Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley

Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley
Release Date: June 9, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill

Willow has spent most of her life as her mother's sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she's in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall madly, deeply, head over heels in love with her. But what started out as an innocent way to make her best friend, Max, jealous soon gets way out of hand, and Willow begins to wonder if the mind - and more importantly, the heart - is something you can really control. - Goodreads.com

Let me just say right at the outset, that if I had Willow's or her mother's hypnosis ability, I would probably get myself into some major trouble.  I can see all manner of little instances where I would want to hypnotize people and get them to change various things.  It's probably a very good thing that I can't do it.  Of course, this is just what happens to Willow.

She and her mother have lived in Vegas performing her mother's hypnosis act on stage.  Willow has been around this her entire life, and you don't watch or help with something like that without picking up a few skills.  Later, when her mother moves them back home, and Willow gets to see her best friend again, the guy she's loved since they were children, it's easy to see why she starts making some bad choices to use the talents for hypnosis she's managed to pick up.

What will we not do for love?  It's not like Willow intentionally sets out to start doing hypnosis when she shouldn't.  She gets thrown into it kind of as a joke, as someone suggests she do it at a party for laughs.  Wanting to be accepted and liked, she complies.  This only opens the door for her to start thinking she could use hypnosis to win the guy of her dreams.  Bad move!

What follows is has some serious repercussions, but it's also downright funny at times.  One person in particular gets hypnotized and Willow can't figure a way to change it back.  This caused some hilarious scenes that had me rolling in the floor, even as I felt bad for the victim. 

This was a fun, light read that has some serious sides to it and kept me engaged from the beginning.  The characters were interesting and well drawn.  I'd never read anything by Jennifer Jabaley before, but this book got me and I know I will be combing the shelves to see more from this author. 

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