How to Quit Your Crush
by Amy Fellner Dominy
Publication Date: May 4, 2020
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her – no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.
Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.
Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date—something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are—wins.
Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).
Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).
It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?
How to Quit Your Crush is Mai and Anthony’s story–yes, the Mai who dragged Josie to the baseball game that kicked off the events in her book, Announcing Trouble . If you read that one and wanted to know what was going on with that Mai girl and her crazy he’s-not-in-my-future-but-he’s-so-hot-I-can’t-help-myself crush? Then this is definitely the book for you.
Haven’t read Josie and Garrett’s book yet? Not a major problem, you could totally start here. But I think you’ll appreciate Mai and Anthony’s story that much more, having seen it at least partially from someone else’s view first.
I had a heck of a lot of fun reading Mai and Anthony’s book. Even when I wanted to clunk one or both of them upside the head for acting like dolts, I still really enjoyed myself. It helped that they were both equally ridiculous about things, that they both were at fault when it came to breaking up (or at least, they took turns), and that they both realized that they each had work to do on themselves if they wanted to get to their HEA together.
In between the what are they thinking? bits, I LOLed a heck of a lot. And made plenty of highlights in my ecopy. And then Anthony’s mom gave him that talking to toward the end (spoiler alert: I loved Anthony’s om!) and I was in tears. Tears! I might have a tiny girl crush… Anyway, the exasperating parts were more than made up for by the sigh-worthy ones. I honestly had to make myself stop reading a few times, because I didn’t want to get to the end too quickly. I had that much fun reading it.
Plus–bonus! We get POVs from both Mai and Anthony this time! Woot!
If Ms Dominy wants to give any of the rest of Garrett and Anthony’s friends HEAs, I’m here for it. If she wants to try her hand at making Mai’s priggish and elitist brother seem more human (losing it for a girl would probably help) I’d show up for that too. Though she’d have a lot of work to do with that one, because whoa, is he a piece of work… 😉
Rating: 4 stars /B+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Amy grew up loving to read and figured out at an early age that books were magical and necessary. She started submitting her own stories to be published when she was thirteen. Amy is now the award-winning author of nine books spanning young adult, middle grade, and picture books. Titles for Entangled include Announcing Trouble and the companion novel, How to Quit Your Crush. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and a puppy who is training them. Visit Amy online at www.amydominy.com or follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @amydominy.