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Caring Is Creepy Paperback – April 3, 2012
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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."
"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.”
"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.” —Blogcritics.org
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
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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.
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this book, but it was creepy. The story complex and believable and unfortunately rings true. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Pahon
A real page turner!
Very interesting plot, good characters.
Not my usual choice...excellent freebie book!
Would make an excellent film.
...But a little gross. A good book that I kept thinking about when I wasn't reading it. The low rating is because I'd really like to have learned what Lynn would've done if the... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Yesfan Gin
I think that preparing for the climax in this book almost seemed to never be in sight. I think it dragged on just a little, but the ending was proper in keeping my attention. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Christopher
I really enjoyed the first half of the book. 15-year-old Lynn and her friend Dani create online profiles in chat rooms just to mess with people. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Cathe
I was tossing and turning trying to finish this book, It was so real and honestly scary that I felt it got into my brain! Really that is pry a sign of a very good author. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Reading_Team