Crashing in Love by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Crashing in Love by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536211535

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Peyton is disappointed in her summer so far. Instead of spending the time working at a first job with her best friend and looking for romance, she’s bored. Her best friend is with family in Gloucester and isn’t texting as often as Peyton expects. Her divorced parents get along fine, but her dad’s mom, her Grana, always wants Peyton to spend more time at their farmhouse. Then one morning on a bike ride she finds a boy in the middle of the road, a victim of a hit and run! Peyton’s mom, a local newspaper reporter, tells her to not get too involved, but she can’t help it. Soon Peyton is investigating the crime on her own, spending time with the boy (Gray – he’s in a coma) and his mother in the hospital, and imagining that the two of them are destined to fall in love. The biggest star in this book is the setting, a small oceanside town in Maine. I could almost smell the salt in the air! Can Peyton discover who hit Gray, get him to wake up, and get her happily ever after?

Anything you did not like about the book? Honestly, I wasn’t all that invested in the story, which is a first for me for books by this author. I was surprised that feelings about her parents’ divorce and her crumbling friendship weren’t explored beyond surface level. The conclusion wasn’t as momentous as I expected. 

To whom would you recommend this book? Libraries with large collections 

Who should buy this book? Some elementary, middle school, and public libraries, but not an essential purchase

Where would you shelve it? Realistic fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: December 6, 2021

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