It's not often that we come across a book that combines romance with marching band, and I'm glad that this book was written. MAJOR CRUSH is adorable and has a lot of funny moments. For someone looking for a light but fun read, this is definitely a good choice.
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com
If you're thinking that MAJOR CRUSH is another one of those "one time, at band camp" stories, then you're sorely mistaken! I have to say that this is one of the best, not to mention funniest, young adult romance stories I've read this year.
Sixteen-year-old Virginia Sauter has just gotten the job as co-drum major of the high school marching band. A position she just happens to share with her crush-of-a-lifetime, Drew Morrow. Having given up her life on the beauty pageant circle, fashionista Virginia has given way to manly band uniforms, orthopedic shoes, and a nose stud. She knows she's not the prettiest, or most popular, girl in school, and now that she's working closely with Drew--and if the first game of the season is any proof of the matter, failing miserably--she's at the center of jealous girlfriends and rude gossips.
It seems that Drew isn't enjoying working with Virginia, either. She knows he's not happy about their co-drum major status; after all, Drew's family has held the position--alone--for a long, long time. So when he's not harping at her about not arguing in public, or the fact that he won't stoop to her "juvenile" level, he's giving off signals that Virginia just can't interpret.
When it becomes obvious (sort of), that Drew just might be crushing on Virginia as hard as she is on him, things really start to get interesting. As the two drum majors struggle to work together and create a band that the school, and the band instructor, can be proud of, they'll have to deal with their attraction in a way that hopefully won't create major fireworks.
MAJOR CRUSH is a quick, fun read that anyone can enjoy. It's obvious that Ms. Echols herself loves the marching band, and even though I never got to experience any of those "one time, at band camp" stories myself, I truly enjoyed seeing it through Virginia and Drew's eyes. With well-devoloped characters, fresh dialogue, and a great cast of supporting characters, MAJOR CRUSH is one story you don't want to miss.
I did find this book a little cheesy however I expected that and like a little cheesiness :-) All in all it was quick read and a decent way to pass some down time. I am fan of Jennifer Echols, this was not my favorite book of hers but still I enjoyed reading the book. I could be biased since I am a fan of hers, Oh Well!!
So we have Virgina a girl who used be in the Pageant circle until her Freshman year and then she all of sudden decides to quit the pageant circle, join the band as a drummer, and get her nose pierced. Which for a southern girl is not normal. We find out later on in the book why she went through such a dramatic change. Part of it has to do with her Crush (daniel) she has on the drum major and the other part has to do with a family issue that she still can not forgive her father for.
Through all of this she ends up being elected co-drum major with her CRUSH. Her crush since she was a freshman. So of coarse enter teen angst, drama, sexual tensions, flirtatious banter, and of coarse the guy is hot with southern gentleman manners. Everything you love to read in a ya novel.
While Virgina in my opinion did tend to sound stuck up at times and treat one of her best friends kind of poorly knowing he had a crush on her. What teenage girl did not kind treat someone a little poorly when she did not return the same romantic feelings. It's part of growing up and not knowing how to deal with those kind of emotions.
Anyway the premise of the story is can her Crush (the other Drum Major) learn to get along as co-drummer majors and overcome past teasing/embarassment to start a relationship together. To move from crush faze to romance stage