Friday, January 21, 2011

Review: Crush du Jour by Micol Ostow

Crush du Jour (Simon Romantic Comedies)

Crush du Jour, published by Simon Pulse in October 2007
Author: Micol Ostow

Paranormal romance may be at a peak of popularity right now, but it is a relief to know that there are still good contemporary romance novels out there. Micol Ostow has captured a fun and flirty style with Crush du Jour, where the teen angst is played with a light hand, and the mix of romance and restaurants makes for a quick but delicious read.

Laine is an over-achiever, both in school and with a succession of flirtations that never develop into the real thing.  In the summer before her senior year, she swears she will forego guys and concentrate on more important things, but her plans go quickly awry when she gets a job teaching cooking to a bunch of campers, and is teamed with the dreamy Seth.  Her pledge to stay away from boys is sorely tested, but even more so when Seth offers her a job in his family restaurant, Hype.

Laine may excel in other areas, but she is a disaster as a waitress, and her slips and falls are all noted with glee by Callie, a gorgeous honey-haired waitress who has her own plans for the scrumptious Seth. It doesn't seem that things could get any worse, until Laine's mother, a noted food critic, writes a terrible review of Hype.

Laine's troubles and turmoils are all blended together with her love of food, and spiced up by the yummy guys who seem attracted to her despite her awkwardness.  Her mixups and moods make this an entertaining, light read with plenty of laughs and heartache to spread around.

I would recommend this heartily for 11-15 year old girls, but also for anyone who likes a fun, light romance.

Five Stars!

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