Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crash Test Love by Ted Michael

     Summary From Goodreads

The last thing Henry Arlington wants is a girlfriend. He's just very, very good with girls—reading their body language, knowing what they want to hear, and more importantly: getting them into the backseat of his car. But all that changes when he meets Garrett Lennox at one of the many Sweet Sixteen parties he crashes.

    Garrett thinks she's done with guys. She was dumped by her ex when she moved from Chicago to Long Island, and now she realizes that she needs to find out who she is by herself, instead of with a boyfriend. What she really needs is some good friends.

     Fortunately for Garrett, the J Squad—the "it" girls of East Shore High School—want her in their clique. All she has to do is pass one little test: get East Shore god Henry Arlington to take her to one of the biggest Sweet Sixteen's of the year, then dump him in front of everyone.

Garrett has promised herself not to fall for another guy, so playing with Henry's heart shouldn't be hard. Right?

And Henry doesn't fall for girls, so when he and Garrett start to click, it doesn't matter. Does it?

     As William Shakespeare once said, "Love is blind," or in this case, the lovers may be, as Henry and Garrett fall in love—and into the trap that awaits them. Because neither of them can even begin to see what the girls of Henry Arlington's past have in store.

     This hilarious, sharp, and surprisingly thoughtful novel is the teen Wedding Crashers, filled with love, hope, laughs, and surprising insights about the terrifying process of falling in love.

Patterned Text Generator at This book is very hard to describe and its title is very befitting. It is told in separate points of view, Garrett's and Henry's. It is mostly told in Henry's view though and it is unique to read a boy getting his heart broken. I like the concept of CRASH TEST LOVE and I loved Garrett and Henry. They are such interesting characters and are just made for each other.      They, of course, start their relationship with lies, which was their ultimate downfall. I love books that have some hidden message and kind of of connects to realistic situations.

     I interpret this book as Ted Michael saying that life isn't all happy endings. There are tons of books out there that only write what they know the reader wants to read. Everybody loves a happy ending, but love is more than that. This books shows you that sometimes no matter how much in love you may be with someone, things don't always turn out the way you want. In fact, things hardly ever turn out the way you want and happy endings are one in a million. CRASH TEST LOVE is one in a million and has touched me.

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