The Crush Dilemma (Dear Aubrey, #1)
by Susan Hatler
Series: Dear Aubrey #1
Published by Hatco Publishing
Publication Date July 14th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Teen geek, Poppy Pinkleton, is adding some spice to her senior year of high school: A year of psychological experiments that will 1) Earn her three units of college credit; 2) Give her an outlet to say what she wants, when she wants; and 3) Will NOT include her parents telling her to be the “bigger person.”
How, you ask? Poppy’s gotten the green light from Mrs. Peterson, the newspaper head, to write an online advice column for the school. She’s found the perfect name for her alter ego: Aubrey. It means someone who rules with “magical wisdom.” She’ll be in control of her online experiment, online identity, and divvy her wisdom to the masses while tracking the results for her mini-thesis. Now, protected by a secret identity, she’s got the popular crowd clambering to know what she thinks about fashion, homework, and eek . . . even sex! And the best part is, her parents and best friends don’t know anything about it. Finally, she can let loose a wild side and speak her mind—right or wrong, without having to meet anyone’s expectations.
Soon, however, dishing out advice leads to more than Poppy can handle on her own and she must make a choice. Hide behind her alter ego or take the chance that everyone, including the new boy at school, will like her for everything she is.
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This is the first young adult romance I’ve read by Susan Hatler. I have read most of her other romances and enjoyed them so I was fully expecting to enjoy The Crush Dilemma, which I did.
Poppy Pinkleton is the consummate overachiever. Though she is just 16, she has her college and her major picked out, and knows what she needs to do to get there. She is also a typical teenage nerd, insecure and frustrated at the circumstances in her life.
The story is filled with Ms. Hatler’s humor (seriously, how could a book about a girl named Poppy Pinkleton not have humor!), teenage insecurity, school, boys, cheerleaders, boys, mean girls, and parents who are too wrapped up in their own difficulties to have time for their kids. It is well written, paced just right and is all of what it should be.