[Book Review] Crush

Title: Crush
Author: Svetlana Chmakova
Pages: 234
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Love, Middle School
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Fun fact: Svetlana is one of my favorite authors. I have loved her throughout all of her series and I’m so happy she is finally gaining the popularity that she deserves.

In this graphic novel, we follow Jorge. He is a quiet protector of those who get bullied. But, what are these feelings he is getting around this girl, Jazmine? Of the three graphic novels, Awkward, Brave, and Crush, this one is my favorite. The other two were great but I never connected with the characters as much as I did in this one. We finally give a voice to the shy guy and I could not be more happier.

Oh No’s

The only Oh No is how all of the girls cut their hair short. I loved the premise for it, but it was just super random to me. But I love what it lead up to. Maybe I just really loved Jazmine’s hair? It was so fluffy!


Holy diversity. Anyone who wants complete representation in a book, then look no further. Gender, Nationalities, everything was included in this graphic novel and drawn out for those to see. All of the people you would see in a normal middle school in NYC. This normalcy was so great to see for once in color.

I really enjoyed Jorge and Liz. They were both great characters and I loved the inner thoughts of Jorge. It was nice having a shy, quiet character to be the main protagonist for once.

I love Svetlana’s art. It’s so gorgeous and she shows so much emotion through her work. I love it so much and she has improved a lot throughout the years. Her earlier works were also great stories and this one is no different. I highly recommend these graphic novels for any younger siblings or cousins as great gifts for the upcoming holiday season.


A few of the characters from the other books make a cameo so that it really cool to look for while reading. This is a great standalone comic and it was wonderful to read. I definitely recommend it if you’ve been on a graphic novel ban like I have.

A recommendation for this book is 27 Hours, everyone is everything and represents all those who have lacked it.

Favorite Quote

“My dad always says, ‘Strength is a resource. If you have a lot and someone doesn’t, you gotta share yours.’ So that’s what I do.”

Pg. 14

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