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Praise for Caring is Creepy

Alex Award Winner

"Lynn’s voice is authentically sardonic and compelling.... The intersections of Lynn’s and Logan’s story line with the consequences of Hayes’s shady dealings are consistently exciting."
Publishers Weekly

"David Zimmerman has written a beautifully menacing novel. I found it impossible to stop reading—as teenage girls flirt with danger online, an AWOL soldier hides out in a closet, and drug deals go dead wrong—and you will too, as the danger steadily escalates, the sentences unspooling like a detonator line that sizzles toward an explosive, unforgettable ending."
Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh

"This story is sweet, funny, sad, infuriating, and all too real."
Tulsa Books Examiner

"An engrossing and unforgettable tale based on actual events.... Those who can empathize with flawed characters in dire situations will not be able to put this book down.”
Library Journal

"When Zimmerman's characters get dirty, you feel the grit, and when they hurt, you feel the sting." Ames Tribune

“[A]n insidious and deceiving but often sweet summertime ensnarement that is alternatively a tangled web and tender trap.” —

Praise for David Zimmerman’s previous novel, The Sandbox

“[A] gripping first novel.”
The New York Times Book Review

“[A] remarkable debut.... Zimmerman is a talent to watch.”
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“Zimmerman adroitly depicts [Iraq’s] isolated moonscape—a place as liable to produce hallucinations and heat exhaustion as it is to churn up sandstorms that last for days.”
Los Angeles Times

About the Author

David Zimmerman was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving his MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama, he spent several years living and working in Brazil and Ethiopia. He now teaches at Iowa State University. His debut novel, The Sandbox, was released by Soho in 2010.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569479771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569479773
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SBC on May 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
For a grown man, Zimmerman sure knows how to write the viewpoint of a manipulating 15 year old teen girl dealing with typical angst with an uninvolved mother. I really enjoyed this book because it embodied many different subjects into one quick, entertaining read. The author was pretty amusing in the twist that teens online can be just as predatory and dangerous as the adult counterparts that ironically, society fears more. I wish it didn't end so abruptly, but I enjoyed the ride.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori L. Clark on June 4, 2012
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There were things about this book which "fit" and things about it that didn't work for me at all. Lynn is fifteen and Logan Loy is 25. Which in itself is wrong for obvious reasons. Maybe if she was seventeen with him ten years older it might not seem so bad. There was so much back and forth and around and around going on in this book that it was hard for me to keep track of what was going on. Things that were there that didn't need to be there. And things that just plan did not make sense. The biggest problem I had was why Lynn needed to take all of Logan's clothes and throw them away. Why she kept him in a hidden space in the back of her closet -- naked. Another thing I didn't like was that he was able to get out and use the bathroom, why was he not able to take showers or bathe? That's just wrong. But, having said all the things I didn't like about the book, I did read it fairly fast and I enjoyed it, though some parts I skimmed over to get through. I still wonder about a few things, but that's okay. Just because I didn't get it all the time, doesn't mean it wasn't a worthy read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Pease on April 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
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Lynn Marie Sugrue is a fifteen year girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. While her mother works long hours as a nurse; her mother's boyfriend is raiding the house looking for any kind of drug he can get his hands on. Lynn is pretty sure her mom is on his drug dealing schemes but doesn't know what to do about it. When she starts talking to a Soldier online she thinks she has found her salvation. When goes AWOL she hides him away secretly planning on never letting him leave.
I really wanted to like this book, but since I didn't I won't get too wordy with this review. The plot is unique and full of twists and turns, which is the only positive for me with this one. Some more research into Army life could have helped save some of this story for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fastreader on April 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lynn Marie Sugrue is on summer vacation and she is TOTALLY BORED.

Instead of trash talking to people on the phone she thinks that doing it on the internet will be EVEN MORE FUN. Because you are totally anonymous on the internet so you can be even more outrageous and abusive. Right !

Add to that her Mom's current idiot boy friend and it's looking to be an exciting summer vacation. The boyfriend is one odd bird who keeps coming to the house when Lynn's Mom is away and grinding up some tablets of an unknown type. At least Lynn hasn't been able to discover what they are yet.

Her Mom is a nurse at the local hospital and works all sorts of odd shifts which leaves Lynn and her BFF Dani to get into all sorts of situations. While cruising the various social media sites she runs into someone as bored as she is and agrees to meet him the next day.

She is very excited when she sees her blind date the next day and he turns out to be a real gentleman who is currently in the Army.

They have a nice day and then agree to meet the next day. After the second date Lynn invites him home and just as her lousy luck would have it her Mom comes home. Lynn hides him in a special room off her bedroom and as the soldier has told her he wants to go AWOL she helps him by hiding him and in fact keeping him in the hidden room long after it is safe for him to leave.

To Lynn he becomes her own personal sex slave, although there is not a lot of sex had. You have to remember it's just in Lynn's nature to screw people around.

Leading to the end of the book there is drinking, swearing, physical violence, viscous dog attacks, a fire in the house and a couple of thugs after Lynn's Mom's stupid boyfriend

Lots of fun times with Lynn's rampages. I guess you would call her either a Princess or a B???h.

This book is definitely aimed at Teen and YA audiences
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Sattler on April 6, 2012
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Caring Is Creepy, in simple terms, is a coming of age novel about a rather naïve 15-year-old called Lynn Marie Sugrue. Lynn hasn't had an easy time of it so far -her parents split when she was six and she hasn't seen her embezzler of a father since he disappeared with a load of cash when she was eight. Now Lynn lives with her mother, a nurse who works way too many night shifts for Lynn's good, and she can't wait to grow up.

But despite how Lynn and her best friend Dani try mightily to impress each other, it is obvious to anyone but them that both girls are blowing smoke when it comes to being world-wise. It is not that they are unwilling, but the girls have experienced very little of the real world they imagine to be waiting for them just around life's next corner. Their trouble starts when Dani receives a computer for her birthday rather than the car she expects. Dani, of course, is crushed by the switch but, when Lynn reminds her that the "plastic box" is full of naked men, she agrees that they should unpack the computer - strictly for "scientific purposes," of course. With help from a nerdy neighbor, Lynn and Dani, in the guise of a 50-year-old gay man from Dotham, Alabama, are soon practicing their mischief in a few adult chat rooms. Their hometown, little Metter, Georgia, will never be the same.

The decision to reveal her real identity and personal details to a young soldier she meets on the Internet is where Lynn makes her big mistake. Logan Loy, the 25-year-old soldier, has already served one tour of duty in Iraq and he is desperately searching for a way to avoid going back for a scheduled second tour.
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