Born in New York and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Jennifer Jabaley is a graduate of James Madison University and Southern College of Optometry. She began writing in 2006 and tries to manage optometry, writing and motherhood. She lives in Blue Ridge, Georgia with her husband and two children.
What books would you have recommended at Ages 5, 11, 16 and 20?
HARRY AND THE DIRTY DOG by Gene Zion and the FROG AND TOAD books by Arnold Lobel.
At age 11 I adored Beverly Cleary books (particularly the Ramona books) and of course Judy Blume. ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME MARGARET was practically required reading in my circle of friends.
At age 16 I discovered Mary Higgins Clark. One summer I devoured just about every book she wrote. I loved that most of her books took place in New Jersey, my homestate, and often in locations very similar to where I grew up. I loved that she had strong, independent female protagonists that relied on their brains to solve mysteries and murders.
Crush Control by Jennifer JabaleyJune 9, 2011Willow has spent most of her life as her mother's sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she's in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall madly, deeply, head over heels in love with her. But what started out as an innocent way to make her best friend, Max, jealous soon gets way out of hand, and Willow begins to wonder if the mind - and more importantly, the heart - is something you can really control