Crush by Andrea N. Richesin

CrushCrush: 26 Real-Life Tales of First Love edited by Andrea N. Richesin
Published by Harlequin Nonfiction, an imprint of Harlequin
Review copy provided by the author

This fabulously romantic collection has twenty-six bestselling authors telling the reader about their first crushes. This book will have you delighting in these tales of first love, and also have you remembering with fondness your own first crush.

Essay collections can go either way for me. Sometimes I love the fact that I am reading short bursts of nonfiction, enriching my mind without really giving too much effort (sounds terrible, but it’s kind of true), but sometimes I feel the collection drags on without much purpose and I end up being bored. Thankfully, Crush was of the first variety for me. I loved getting a peek into these authors’ first crush stories and hung onto just about every word written here.

What I most loved about Crush is that Richesin got some really big-name authors to contribute to the collection. This was great for two reasons. First of all, it gives the reader a little peek inside a favorite author’s mind and life, and second of all, it makes for some very well-written essays.

I definitely recommend picking up Crush – it is sweet, funny, and reminded me what it felt like to have that first crush. I think it will have the same effect on you!

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14 thoughts on “Crush by Andrea N. Richesin

  1. This one does sound rather interesting, and I love the fact that there are some essays by big name authors inside. I bet this would be the perfect read for a beach day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it with us. It sounds great!

    1. A fun read for the beach it definitely would be. I personally read it in spurts, an essay here or there until I finished it, which worked well.

  2. I’m not a big romantic, but yes there is something very dear about first crushes. I still talk about mine, even to my kids. They think it is hilarious, and say “we could have been Mike Swisher’s kids!”. Not. I grew out of him by about 7th grade. I’m actually kinda interested in reading this one.

    1. HA! That’s funny. Yeah I always thought it was so fun but also strange when my mom would tell us about her ex boyfriends and first crushes… same kind of reaction your kids have, it seems! A very fun read indeed.

  3. I like the idea of using real authors’ stories for those two reasons you mentioned. If you liked this you might like Heart if the City which is real life love stories from NYC.

  4. Aw, this looks adorable! I have an oral history book called Us, where people talk about their relationships, and I cannot wait to read it. I think it’s so cool to read about the experiences that are common between all people but so very different each time (like love, and work, and so forth).

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