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Crush Control

Willow hypnotized Max to be her friend forever…
which is why she never expected to fall for him….

When Willow Grey was nine, her mom dropped the bomb of ultimate betrayal: they would be moving from their small town in Georgia to glitzy Las Vegas. Willow was devastated to have to leave her best friend, Max, behind. So she decided to take control of the situation: she told Max to relax, to let his eyelids droop and then she said: “Max Montgomery, for as long as we live, you and I will be best friends…”

Now, at seventeen, Willow and her mom move back to their hometown and Willow is determined to pick up where she and Max left off. But even though he’s still her best friend, his heart now belongs to someone else—and Willow realizes that what she feels for him is so much more than just friendship. For the second time in her life, Willow finds herself using hypnosis to get what she wants. But what starts off as a harmless experiment soon spirals into chaos and Willow is forced to wonder: Is the heart really something you can control—with mind control?


“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, 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