CRUSH CONTROL REVIEWS
"Using hypnotism as a fun twist to traditional chick lit, Jabaley has created a quick read and a likable protagonist in Willow Grey. Readers who enjoy chick lit will also like reading Crush Control. They will hope for Willow's success, cringe while predicting the outcomes of her sometimes impulsive decisions, and laugh wondering what else could go wrong?"
—Dianna Geers, VOYA
"[Grade 8-10]...Readers will empathize with Willow's realistic desire to fit in at a new school and her seemingly unrequited love situation. Like Jabaley's Lipstick Apology (Penguin, 2009), Crush Control demonstrates the axiom that love means accepting and appreciating friends and family as they are."
—School Library Journal
"...Using hypnotism gives it a unique twist to normal teen books that deals in dysfunctional relationships. The characters shine thru as individuals with growing problems from the most popular to the least popular which opens this book up to a variety of audiences"
—Julia Beiker, Children's Literature
LIPSTICK APOLOGY REVIEWS
"Chick-lit fans will . . . devour the pages right up."
—School Library Journal
"Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley is a) non-genre, b) really awesome, and c) not technically out yet, being as it's one of those wacky advance reader copy things. Lipstick Apology is sort of like a combination of Gossip Girl and I'll Be There For You (the sequel to Beaches), as written by Meg Cabot. It's smart, it's sassy, it's sentimental without becoming sappy, and it's just all-around really worth reading. I didn't find any of the lessons preachy, and all the characters were actually people, even if they weren't necessarily people we were supposed to like. . . I really recommend it."
—Seanan McGuire, YA? Why Not? (read the full review)
"Lipstick Apology is a skillfully written and memorable novel with so many wonderful messages between its pages. Jennifer Jabaley has packed an incredible amount of emotion within the novel—from grief to the exhilaration of first love—and she has created a dynamic, fallible, and likable heroine in Emily. Many of the experiences that Emily faces aren't very different than those that teens face on a daily basis, but it is the unique way that Jabaley presents them that makes Lipstick Apology such an engaging and even humorous read. She skillfully reveals to readers the true nature of friendship, the complexities of romantic relationships, and demonstrates that true love isn't judgmental, but it is about learning to see beyond mistakes and faults and accepting people for who they truly are. Lipstick Apology is a novel of holding on and letting go that is simply beautiful."
—The Compulsive Reader (read the full review)
"Amazingly good first novel by Jennifer Jabaley. Laugh out loud moments and believable characters make this book much more accessible than your average Urban YA. I highly recommend it—and hope to read more by Jennifer soon! "
—Elizabeth O. Dulemba, award-winning children's book author and illustrator