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Apple Crush: 08/26/22
Apple Crush by Lucy Knisley (2022) is the second book in the Peapod Farm graphic novel series. Halloween is coming up and Jen is looking forward to helping with the haunted hay ride, except that Andy doesn't like scary things.
Besides the difference in opinion on Halloween, Jen is finding herself the fifth wheel among her friends. They're pairing off into couples and she finds romance bizarre.
Finally, there's school. Jen's in a new school with new kids and new rules. She's struggling to fit in and seems to be at odds with her teacher. He doesn't allow doodling or hat wearing. She likes to do both and feels more comfortable doing both.
For the most part I enjoyed the novel. The pairing up of friends into couples is over done in recent graphic novels but the school and hay ride threads were relatable. It's a typical coming of age piece and a good read along for fans of Friends series by Shannon Hale.