Thursday, January 3, 2013

CrushedCrushed by Dawn Rae Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
For seventeen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged boarding school life, and try not to mess up too much.
However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who seems hell bent on confusing him - Fletch’s whole world is turned upside down.
Suddenly, what seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.

My thoughts:
What I really enjoyed most about this book was that it was written entirely in the Male POV - something fairly rare, by my experience.  It was a refreshing change to hear Fletch's voice throughout (even when I didn't particularly like what he was saying).

What I enjoyed least about this book was the frequent (and sometimes detailed) drug use, frequent and excessive alcohol consumption, and the multiple random sexual partners by Fletch and his crew of friends.  Though this book is labelled as NA (16+), it seemed rather gratuitous at times, without purpose to the plot.

Fletch is a boy who has had no control over his life, and who is expected to follow in the footsteps of his wealthy father...his entire life has been mapped out for him down to the boarding school he goes to, the dorm he stays in, the University he will attend and the girl he will marry.  Our main character is kind of a ladies man (read: man whore) during the school year, but during summer breaks has a pseudo-relationship with the girl of his parent't expectations.  Over a bout of testosterone infused male bonding, a wager is made against Fletch being able to be 'just friends' with an attractive girl.  This is where we meet Ellie Jacobs, who with her smarts and beauty, thoroughly turn-on our poor boy Fletch, making it hard for him to keep his hands to himself.  Ellie knows of Fletch's reputation and can see right through it to the real person underneath. She inserts herself into Fletch's life and gains his (and his horny brood of friends) respect and honest friendship.

Fletch, despite his family's wealth, feels trapped and forced into leading the life that is expected of him regardless of his personal dreams and goals.  This book focuses on his growing to realize that he can make his own choices, take chances and achieve the life he wants for himself.

Overall, a good and enjoyable read.

*Disclosure: A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange of review.

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