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Worldwide Crush - by Kristin Nilsen (Paperback)

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  • Rory Calhoun is a teen popstar with perfect teeth and messy hair who's inspiring first crushes all over the globe.
  • 272 Pages
  • Juvenile Fiction, Humorous Stories


About the Book

Millie Jackson is determined to cross paths with her first crush--fifteen-year-old global pop music sensation Rory Calhoun--but without a driver's license or a credit card, she can't even manage to get tickets to his concert. How far will she go to make her celebrity-crush dreams come true?

Book Synopsis

Rory Calhoun is a teen popstar with perfect teeth and messy hair who's inspiring first crushes all over the globe. Millie Jackson is just one of the millions of fans who love him--but that doesn't mean her heart doesn't break for him every single day in this laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story.

How many of Rory's fans collect "data" about him in a special notebook hidden in their underwear drawer? Or have faked a fascination with whale migration for a chance to visit his hometown? Millie may not be Rory's only fan at Susan B. Anthony Middle School, but she's convinced she's the biggest--and the best.

Rory's new song "Worldwide Crush" is climbing the charts, and his lyrics are clear: he's looking for love--and he's looking in the audience. Meaning Millie's secret fantasies of running in the surf and eating waffles with him may not be crazy after all . . . she could be that girl! But first she has to get to his concert--his completely sold-out concert in a city nowhere near her home for which she does not have tickets or a ride. She just has to figure out how.

Review Quotes

"A delightful, nostalgic tribute to innocent fandom."
--Kirkus Reviews

"This is a sweet depiction of teenage fandom. . . . less a book about getting to a show than it is a story of a teenager coming to realize how much she is loved, even when her behavior seems selfish."
--Foreword Reviews, 5 stars

"Brimming with hope, humor, and possibility, best friends and annoying hangers-on, ridiculous teachers and more ridiculous family members, indignities, sorrows, despair, and triumph, Nilsen builds a story that feels so real, I could almost feel the flutter of butterflies doing backflips in my own stomach. A sharply-drawn and big-hearted story. I loved every single page."
--Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

"With Worldwide Crush, Kristin Nilsen establishes herself as a vibrant new voice in coming-of-age fiction. This funny, big-hearted novel explores family, friendship, and the intoxicating power of first crushes with sometimes cringeworthy accuracy. Readers still in the throes of tweendom will be as charmed by Millie's emotional journey as those who attended middle school long ago. A winning pick for all generations!"
--Megan McCafferty, New York Times best-selling author of Best Frenemies Forever and the Jessica Darling series

"Kristin Nilsen nails the angst of falling for a teen heartthrob in Worldwide Crush. The countless laugh-out-loud moments were reminiscent of my own crush on Shaun Cassidy. Tween readers will love this debut. Highly recommend!"
--Cindy Callaghan, author of My Big Heart-Shaped Fail

"Bursting with humor and feverish popstar fandom, Worldwide Crush is a joyous and heart-warming read that chronicles the big emotions of a middle school girl as she navigates her foray into teenagehood, diehard crushes, and a discovery of her sense of worth and self. A delightfully relatable, unapologetically authentic story, complete with laughs and nostalgia, that will resonate with middle school girls everywhere!"
--Payal Doshi, author of Rea and the Blood of the Nectar
Dimensions (Overall): 8.4 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .79 Pounds
Suggested Age: 9-13 Years
Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Humorous Stories
Publisher: Sparkpress
Format: Paperback
Author: Kristin Nilsen
Language: English
Street Date: July 11, 2023
TCIN: 87405066
UPC: 9781684631926
Item Number (DPCI): 247-41-3267
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.9 inches length x 5.4 inches width x 8.4 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.79 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews
100% would recommend
2 recommendations

Fabulous coming of age story

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
MaryLou - 10 months ago
First time novelist Kristin Nilsen hits the mark with this charming, fun, bildungsroman cloaked in the majesty of a young teen’s celebrity crush. Nilsen captures her character’s voices with acumen and clarity, depicting the mother-daughter relationship with sensitivity and a sharp but gentle witt. She brings out the reality of teen angst and simultaneously the grave desire of mothers to not believe their own incarnation of imposter syndrome. A delightful YA read, part epistolary novel, with a killer unexpected plot twist that I highly recommend.
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Great summer read

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Amy porthan - 11 months ago
I love the way it was written. My teenage daughter read it and she loved it. She can relate to a lot of it.
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