Creative Writing

The Crush Necklace

The Crush Necklace by Jessie Paddock, graduate ’17, MFA in Creative Writing program at The New School 

Scholastic, 2019

What if you could know how your crush feels about you?

Ramona “Moni” Hayes and her best friend, Grace, think the vintage necklace they find at the thrift store is cute—but what they don’t realize is that it has special powers. That is, not until Moni puts it on and finds out she can tell how her secret crush, Johnny Shim, feels about her! Obviously, Moni has to use the necklace to win Johnny’s affections. But as her obsession with the necklace increases, so does the tension between Grace and Moni. Will winning her crush mean losing her best friend?

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