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Review – Crush Dilemma Dear Aubrey Book 1

Review – Crush Dilemma Dear Aubrey Book 1The Crush Dilemma by Susan Hatler
Series: Dear Aubrey, #1
Published by Hatco Publishing on July 14, 2016
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 198
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Teen geek, Poppy Pinkleton, is adding some spice to her senior year of high school: A year of psychological experiments that will 1) Earn her three units of college credit; 2) Give her an outlet to say what she wants, when she wants; and 3) Will NOT include her parents telling her to be the “bigger person.”
How, you ask? Poppy’s gotten the green light from Mrs. Peterson, the newspaper head, to write an online advice column for the school. She’s found the perfect name for her alter ego: Aubrey. It means someone who rules with “magical wisdom.” She’ll be in control of her online experiment, online identity, and divvy her wisdom to the masses while tracking the results for her mini-thesis. Now, protected by a secret identity, she’s got the popular crowd clambering to know what she thinks about fashion, homework, and eek . . . even sex! And the best part is, her parents and best friends don’t know anything about it. Finally, she can let loose a wild side and speak her mind—right or wrong, without having to meet anyone’s expectations.
Soon, however, dishing out advice leads to more than Poppy can handle on her own and she must make a choice. Hide behind her alter ego or take the chance that everyone, including the new boy at school, will like her for everything she is.

Poppy Pinkerton is a teenage geek. She’s afraid to speak her mind and make waves. She comes up with the idea for an advice column that becomes a psychological experiment to give her college credit. This is perfect because her dream is to be a psychologist. She starts the column under the alias Dear Aubrey. Dear Aubrey becomes her ultra ego and she’s everything poppy is not poised and speaks her mind. Will Poppy be able to keep her to worlds from colliding?

In an Oyster Shell – I always love a YA underdog book and this fits the bill, I really enjoyed this book.

The Pearls –  The concept was fabulous. A geek girl who gives advice to the popular kids whose ultra ego becomes popular. It’s fantastic! I loved loved loved this book.

The characters were well developed and likeable or despicable respectively. I feel bad for Poppy having a name like Poppy Pinkerton I could empathize with her. My maiden name got made fun of a lot in school. I felt Poppy was super relatable.

The romance was really sweet. I like the conflict that surrounded it. Poppy was completely oblivious.

This was a really fun book .

The Sand – Towards the end there were quite a few typos that made for some confusion.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Susan Hatler

SUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, French, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

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