The Stillburrow Crush
by Linda Kage
212 pages - Paperback
Published January 27th 2010 by The Wild Rose Press
Sixteen year old, Carrie Paxton, isn't the most popular girl in her small town of Stillburrow. But that's never concerned her before. Her life revolves around her writing, and she loves her job as the student editor of the school paper.
But when she gets assigned to interview the football team's beloved quarterback, she takes one look into Luke Carter's blue eyes and is a goner. Suddenly, she doesn't like her lowly rank so much. Then her dreamy, popular crush surprises her when he starts to act as if he likes her in return. But there's no way Luke Carter could possibly ever like a nobody like Carrie Paxton. Is there?
After reading Elizabeth Scott's Bloom, I have lost faith in perfect boyfriends. But The Stillburrow Crush brought that faith back! I know popular jocks with perfect academic status, perfect family, perfectly handsome face and a characteristic of a perfect gentleman sounds boring. Scott's image of a perfect boyfriend has tattooed on my mind that they are annoying and not fun. They're not even swoon-worthy. But oh, The Stillburrow Crush's Luke Carter has all the characteristics of that perfect boyfriend and yet he's fun, he's interesting, he's swoon-worthy and did I say swoon-worthy? Because I all but melted over him whenever he appeared in the book.
You know that expression "warmth that spreads from your chest..." when the protagonist internally swoons over the love interest? Yeah. I totally felt that not with Luke, but with his relationship with Carrie. They're so cute and so adorable to look at. The characters are all so very likable. Carrie is a straight up honest girl, the editor of the school's paper, who thinks she's not good enough to be with people like Luke. But even if she's aware of this, she's not the type of girl who will back down from him. She's aware of it and is very vocal about it. Though her tendency to downgrade herself could be very uncomfortable.
I love the development of their relationship. Carrie fell in crush with Luke the first time she interviewed him for the school paper. And she is not ashamed of admitting this to him. I love their moments together. Their first phone conversation was epic as well. I took pleasure seeing Luke completely disoriented and baffled over Carrie's blunt attitude. So cute!
Ah, after two days, Luke still makes me feel giddy and bouncy. If you haven't read this book yet, I suggest that you head to your nearest bookstore/library or wherever it is you get your books and pick The Stillburrow Crush. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
Rating: 5/5 stars! - This book is an awesome incarnate!