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Crazy for you
Crusie, Jennifer.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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325 pages ; 25 cm
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ON A gloomy March afternoon, sitting in the same high school classroom she''d been sitting in for thirteen years, gritting her teeth as she told her significant other for the seventy-second time since they''d met that she''d be home at six because it was Wednesday and she was always home at six on Wednesdays, Quinn McKenzie lifted her eyes from the watercolor assignments on the desk in front of her and met her destiny.Her destiny was a small black dog with desperate eyes, so she missed the significance at first.She didn''t miss anything else. The dog that her favorite art student held out to her was the canine equivalent of an exposed nerve: wiry black body, skinny white legs, narrow black head, all of it held together with so much tension that the poor baby shuddered with it. It looked cold and scared and hungry and anxious as it struggled in Thea''s arms, and Quinn''s heart broke. No animal should ever look like that."Oh." Quinn rose on the word and went toward Thea while Bill groaned and said, "Not another one.""I found it in the parking lot." Thea put the dog down on the floor in front of Quinn. "I knew you''d know what to do.""Come on, baby." Quinn crouched in front of it, not too near, not too far, and patted the floor. "Come here, sweetie. Don''t be scared. It''s all right now. I''ll take care of you."The dog trembled even harder, jerking its head from side to side. Then it made a dash for the nearest door, which, unfortunately for it, was the storeroom."Well, that''ll make it easier to trap and catch," Bill said, his tone as cheerful and sure as always. It was always a beautiful day in the neighborhood for Bill, a man who''d taken the Tibbett High football team to five consecutive championships and the baseball team to four--fifth one coming right up--almost solely, Quinn believed, by never considering the possibility of defeat. "Know where you want to be and go there," he''d tell the boys, and they would.Quinn decided she wanted to be someplace else, with a pizza, but she had to comfort this dog and get rid of Bill before she could go there. She crawled on her hands and knees to the door, trying to look nonthreatening. "Now look, dogs like me," she said in her best come-to-mama voice as the dog cowered against a carton of oaktag at the back of the narrow storeroom. "You''re missing a good deal here. Really, I''m famous for this. Come on." She moved a little closer, still on her hands and knees, and the dog peeled its eyes back."I suppose you had to do this," Bill said to Thea goodnaturedly, and Quinn felt equally annoyed with him and guilty about misleading him. "No more dogs," he''d said the last time she''d rescued a stray. "You don''t have to save them all." And she''d nodded at him to acknowledge that she''d heard him, and he''d taken it as agreement, and she''d let him take it that way because it was easier, no point in creating a problem she''d just have to turn around and fix.And now here she was, cheating on him with a mixed breed.She looked into the dog''s eyes again. It''s going to be all right. Ignore what the big blond guy says. The dog relaxed away from the box a little and looked at her with caution instead of terror in its worried little eyes. Progress. If she had another ten hours and a ham sandwich, it might even come to her on its own."You''re not bringing it home with you, right?" Bill loomed behind her, cutting off the afternoon light that came dimly through the wall of windows and casting a shadow over her so that the dog shrank back again, anxious at the darkness. It wasn''t Bill''s fault that he was huge, but he could at least notice that he cast considerable shade wherever he went."Because we''re not allowed to have dogs in our apartment." Bill''s voice was patient as he went on, a teacher''s voice, telling her what she already knew, guiding her to form the correct conclusion.My conclusion is that you''re patronizing me. "Somebody has to rescue strays and find them homes," Quinn said without looking behind her."Exactly," Bil

Author Notes

Jennifer Crusie was born Jennifer Smith in Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1949. She received a bachelor's degree in art education from Bowling Green State University, a master's degree in professional writing and women's literature from Wright State University, and an MFA in fiction from Ohio State University.

Before becoming a full-time romance author, she was an art and English teacher. Her first book, Manhunting, was published in 1993. Her other works include Strange Bedpersons, What the Lady Wants, Charlie All Night, Anyone but You, The Cinderella Deal, Trust Me on This, Crazy for You, and Maybe This Time. She has received several awards including the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title for Bet Me and the RITA Award for Best Short Contemporary for Getting Rid of Bradley.

She wrote several collaboration novels including Don't Look Down, Agnes and the Hitman, and Wild Ride all with Bob Mayer, The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes with Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart, and Dogs and Goddesses with Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich. She also wrote a book of literary criticism on Anne Rice, published under the name Jennifer Smith.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

??ROMANCE Quinn McKenzie has built up a nice, neat life for herself in Tibbett, Ohio. She's a popular high-school art teacher and has a large circle of loving friends and family. She is living with Bill Hilliard, the high-school football coach and token town hero, who does lots of nice things for her, but when he refuses to let her keep a sweet-eyed stray dog named Katie, something snaps in Quinn. She realizes that she's no longer satisfied with their beige life, or with having all her decisions made for her, and she moves out, taking up residence in a rundown house on the edge of town with the help of Nick, her best friend and former brother-in-law. Bill can't accept that their relationship is over, and does everything he can to try and convince Quinn to "see reason," but he ends up driving her right into the arms of another man. Funny and entertaining, Crusie's novel presents a lively cast and an exciting conclusion. --Alexandra Shrake

Publisher's Weekly Review

Small-town life in Tibet, Ohio, is just an updated, rollicking version of Peyton Place in romance novelist Crusie's (Tell Me Lies) zany second novel about a 35-year-old high school art teacher's chance at love. Quinn McKenzie leads a prosaic, dull existence until a stray mutt crosses her path and becomes the catalyst that changes her priorities. Suddenly, her safe relationship with reliable Bill Hilliard, the school sports coach, takes a downturn when Bill forbids her to keep the dog. Crusie delves into the amatory machinations of the town through the sparkling, gossipy dialogue that takes place at the local hair parlor where Quinn's best buddy, Darla, works. While Darla tries to ignite her slumbering marriage to Max, Quinn decides to muscle her way into the heart of Max's brother, Nick, who also happens to be her sister's ex-husband. Is it possible to keep romance in a lasting relationship? That's the question that drives the droll narrative. Using zingy one-liners ("Nick is tall, dark and detached from humanity"), Cruise explores the underlying core that keeps couples together, detailing her characters without stereotypes. The local flirt is well-meaning and oblivious to her role in breaking up shaky marriages‘she just wants her house taken care of; the solid, Rock of Gibraltar coach, Bill, actually goes off the deep end when Quinn moves out on her own; and Nick, the town bachelor, learns that love and lust don't necessarily cancel each other out. Crusie manages to infuse a great deal of humor about human nature into this contemporary romance, deploying as well an engaging cast of characters who progress through various contretemps to a fittingly happy ending. $150,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

High school art teacher Quinn McKenzie is bored, especially with her perfect high school coach boyfriend, Bill. Her life begins to unravel when he refuses to let her keep a stray dog and then takes it to the pound behind her back. Livid, Quinn retrieves the dog and dumps Bill. Her family is aghast, her principal appalled, her students furious, and her best friend Darla surprisingly sympathetic. Quinn revives an old attraction to Nick, her sister's ex-husband and Darla's brother-in-law. Both Darla and Quinn's mother decide to leave their husbands. Then Bill, the jilted boyfriend, becomes a stalker. The whole situation is hopelessly complicated‘not at all what Quinn anticipated when she took a stand for a little black dog. The story comes together with just the right touches of humor, suspense, and some pretty darn sexy dialog. Crusie (Tell Me Lies, LJ 2/15/98) hasn't yet achieved the name recognition of Sandra Brown or Nora Roberts, but this effort proves she is every bit as good. A winner for any public library fiction collection.‘Margaret Ann Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.