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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathy Alter, Dave Singleton Narrator: Kaleo Griffith, Lynde Houck Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9780062444738
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A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush.

You never forget your first crush …

Crush brings together stories of heartbreak, humiliation, and hilarity from a roster of popular luminaries, including James Franco, Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Roxane Gay, Jodi Picoult, Emily Gould, and Hanna Rosin, who share intimate memories of that first intense taste of love. Here are funny, whimsical, sometimes cringe-worthy tales of falling head over heels for River Phoenix, Mary Tyler Moore, Howard Cosell, Jared Leto, and a host of other pop culture icons.

A few contributors channeled their devotion into obsessively writing embarrassing fan letters. Some taped pics in school lockers. Others decorated their bedroom walls with posters. For tweenaged Karin Tanabe, it was discovering bad boy Andy Garcia—playing the gun-loving mobster Vincent Corleone in The Godfather III. Barbara Graham unsuccessfully staked out an apartment on Park Avenue for a glimpse of her blue-eyed soulmate, Paul Newman. There was only one puppy for six-year-old Jodi Picoult—Donny Osmond—while Jamie Brisick’s pre-teen addiction was Speed Racer.

Swoon-worthy and unforgettable, the essays in Crush will leave you laughing, make you cry, and keep you enthralled—just like your first celebrity crush.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] charming collection.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “There’s a lot to enjoy in these…pieces.”

    Washington Post

  • “The subject of going head over heels for unreachable celebrities hardly sounds earthshaking or laugh-out-loud entertaining, but it’s all that and more when narrated by the talented Kaleo Griffith and Lynde Houck, who deliver all the charm, truth, embarrassment, and emotional nuance in these thirty-eight essays…Hearing these fine writers wear their hearts on their sleeves turns out to be one of the best listening experiences of the year, both magical and poignant. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “The seemingly lightweight premise of an anthology built around celebrity crushes yields an outstanding selection of poignant and thought-provoking stories.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The authors do a remarkable job collecting different types of crushes while keeping the reminiscences short and sweet (one is just half a page)…[in] a book that balances heartbreak and relief, blind love and terror.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reading these short, angst-packed essays about staring at movie screens and listening to transistor radios is like reminiscing with old friends…[A] reminder that first loves are always worth recalling.”


  • “This solid, legitimate anthology that reflects on a compelling and universal phenomenon will put readers back in touch with their younger selves.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
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About the Author

Cathy Alter’s feature articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines including the Washington Post, Washingtonian, the Atlantic, Huffington Post, and others. She is the author of Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood and Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over. She holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently a faculty member and nonfiction advisor.

About the Narrators

Kaleo Griffith is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and classically trained actor. He graduated cum laude from Franklin Pierce University with a BA in theater, holds an MFA in acting from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in such television series as Law & Order and Reggie’s Family & Friends, among others.

Lynde Houck is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator.