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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
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked this book. It did have some more "adult" scenes though. Do not recommend to kids.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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 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
Caring Is Creepy, in simple terms, is a coming of age novel about a rather naïve 15-year-old called Lynn Marie Sugrue. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Sam Sattler