Mini-Review: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

It’s a bit late, but I just finished so I might as well post it now as the upcoming month is pretty much already scheduled with posts!

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Katherine Applegate



Source: Netgalley


I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.

Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?


I LOVED The One and Only Ivan. I sobbed while reading it and it has stayed with me over the years. So I was super excited to get an ARC of Katherine Applegate’s new book Crenshaw. Of course life got in the way and I was unable to read it before it was published. When I signed up for COYER, I knew it was one of the books I wanted to make a priority to get to.

And all I have to say is…meh.  I mean, this book touched on a lot of difficult topics, the biggest being homelessness.  I think it did a wonderful job of addressing that in terms of a book for the younger set of middle grade. BUT I was totally disappointed in this.  Where was the magic I felt while reading The One and Only Ivan??? The imaginary cat, Crenshaw, was there for like 10% of the book, at the most, and says like 3 words.  It wraps up extremely neatly which of course is nice for the age group but still.

I wish I had loved this book but it simply did not have the same element that made The One and Only Ivan so damn special.  I was looking for a touching and poignant story that could transcend age groups, and instead I got an extremely short, rushed and boring story that basically mentions an imaginary cat.

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