My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff


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At first I hated the main character, but that’s because I wasn’t thinking about how she really embodies the teenager she is. She grew on me, and I loved the ending of this book. The gifts in this book are heartwarming, and it makes you really think about how much you really know about the people you care about. Just a feel good holiday book!


Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s the school’s star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie is determined to be Teo’s date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper’s Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he’s willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

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The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred

4.5 STARS!

The Nerdy and the Dirty is a favorite of mine. Benedict’s truthfulness reminds me of that movie, The Invention Of Lying, and that makes me utterly adore him. I wish everyone could be so truthful. But I also like that he has some seriously flawed thoughts that has come from things he’s heard/seen about how he’s supposed to be with women. I love Pen and her secret thoughts. In my opinion, she’s more normal than she realizes. I love the realness of Pen’s fear to be herself, because as a teen it’s scary to not be like everyone else—or at least what you think everyone else is like. Anyway, I love this book.


Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated—and not quite sure that she’s like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?

His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he’s destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different–but that’s what he likes about himself.

When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?

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Counselor Considerations contain SPOILERS.

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School Counselor Considerations:

Social/Emotional: Sexual content, navigating sexual discovery, fitting in, fighting stereotypes