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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: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 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: #780,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.” —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

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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Very interesting plot, good characters.
Katie Bryant
The story just gets a little ridiculous to the point where I couldn't suspend my disbelief any longer.
Cathe
And things that just plan did not make sense.
Lori L. Clark

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Whit 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 Shannon Pease on April 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
*This is an ARC copy*
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 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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Format: Paperback
In Georgia, sixteen years old Winn teaches fifteen year old Lynn Marie Sugrue and Dani Dunham how to pretend to be someone else on line. Lynn Marie, frightened over the activities of her mom the nurse and her mom's drug addicted boyfriend Hayes, finds refuge with Army specialist Logan Loy. After Loy punches his sergeant, he flees.

Knowing the MPs will pursue him for the punch and wanting to avoid the military for AWOL as well as the the punch, Loy arrives the home of Lynn Marie in rural Georgia where he believes no one will find him as long as his hostess conceals him. Lynn Marie places Loy inside a storage space behind her bedroom closet while insuring his basic sustenance needs are taken care of. Meanwhile, Hayes has angered some violent people, who have no qualms about breaking the limbs of his girlfriend and her daughter. As the danger mounts, Lynn Marie increasingly becomes a martinet ordering her military prisoner about while trying to keep him from bolting.

This is an exciting rural Georgia thriller as the two prime subplots of the teen-soldier and the Hayes-mob nicely merge into a coherent enjoyable tale. The cast is fully developed so that the events seem genuine except for the fiery, but too smooth climatic clean-up. Still fans will relish the trek as Lynn Marie learns first hand that Caring Is Creepy.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Kindle Edition
I liked this book, but it was creepy. The story complex and believable and unfortunately rings true.
A fifteen year old girl with a self-centered mother is living in poverty and neglect. This position leaves her to be overly influenced by an immature, self-centered and mean friend. They both inflict emotional damage on others - primarily over the internet (at least initially.)
The plot holds together but sometimes requires large suspensions of disbelief. The poverty could be explained if the Mom had a different job or was a drug addict.
If your child reads this you should too and TALK about it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Sattler on April 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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