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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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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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. But then Lynn falls for a 25-year-old soldier and agrees to meet him for a picnic. But just when you think this is a case of an online predator, the tables are turned and the story turns into something reminscent of Stephen King's Misery. Very cool and very creepy!

But then the book just gets more and more implausible and there's the whole other aspect of her mother's drug dealing boyfriend and the thugs who are threatening Lynn who is left alone of the time. The story just gets a little ridiculous to the point where I couldn't suspend my disbelief any longer.

Still, Zimmerman is a good writer who keeps you turning pages so this was a compelling, fast read that I think many teens will enjoy.
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