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The Crazy Things Girls Do for LoveReview - The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love
by Dyan Sheldon
Candlewick, 2011
Review by Amy Ridley
Jun 12th 2012 (Volume 16, Issue 24)

Sicilee, Maya and Waneeda can't stand each other. There is nothing that could get them to interact with each other until Cody Lightfoot enrolls at their school. Each girl finds herself obsessed with Cody. Sicilee knows that once Cody spends some time with her, he will be hers. Maya knows that Cody will not be able to resist her. Waneeda knows that she does not stand a chance with Cody but she will admire him from afar. All three are shocked when he starts hanging out with the school's biggest geek, Clemens. Clemens is the very outspoken head of the Environmental Club. The club is about to be shut down because of low turnout and Clemens' ongoing fight with the principal over some trees that Clemens wants to save. Much to the horror of the three girls, Cody decides to not only join the Environmental Club but also take it over. This means that all three girls will need to join the club if they want to spend more time with Cody since he's living and breathing the environment now.

Soon the girls find themselves walking instead of driving, riding bikes that they haven't seen in years and trying to explain how they can be vegan and be wearing leather boots. They soon find themselves alienating their friends and working together due to the club activities. Sicilee and Maya are particularly competitive with each other over Cody's attention. Cody is in it for the club and the accolades that come with the club's success and does not seem to notice the attention he is garnering from the girls. He has a hard time even remembering their names.

The girls started out joining the club for the wrong reasons but soon find the changes they are making to be positive. Their parents are proud of them and they start to realize what is really important in life. While their intentions are not very noble when they each joined, the girls do show improvement in their personalities. They might not be completely tolerant of each other but they are begrudgingly accepting each other. They each start to realize that Cody might not be worth all of the attention they are giving him.

Sheldon is great at driving home the point that you should not change yourself for someone you like. These girls are practically unrecognizable to their friends and family but they don't care because they just want Cody to choose them. Waneeda seems to realize before Sicilee and Maya that Cody may not be who they built him up to be. Since neither girl has spent a lot of time with him, he's sort of this mythological environmental god that they have created in their own minds. The girls need to find out for themselves that it's important to stay true to yourself and don't assume to know anyone. This book is told with wit and the topic of the environment as the backdrop for the story is perfect for today's teens.

 

© 2012 Amy Ridley

 

Amy Ridley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University


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