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Caring Is Creepy

3.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  443 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Lynn Marie Sugrue is doing her best to make it through a difficult summer. Her mother works long hours as a nurse, and Lynn suspects that her mother’s pill-popping boyfriend has enlisted her in his petty criminal enterprises. Lynn finds refuge in online flirtations, eventually meeting up with a troubled young soldier, Logan Loy, and inviting him home. When ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Soho Press (first published April 1st 2012)
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Mar 22, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-2015
I am so glad to have finished this book...

Only my second 2 star read of the year (no 1 stars)...

What can I say... I didn't like any of the main characters (the mother was the worst, Lynn's "boyfriend" was an army deserter, Lynn was a liar and her actions were improbable, the mother's boyfriend was a criminal)... could go on and on... I really need to relate to at least one of the characters to enjoy a story. Disliked all of them and didn't believe the story.... It was all over the board, with dr
Feb 09, 2013 Charles rated it did not like it
Why this book is an Alex award confuses me. I don't find myself inclined to recommend this book to either teens or adults. Two storylines gradually entwine around each other in ultimately a dissatisfying conclusion, with characters that I can't empathize with or even understand their thought processes. It needed more depth, both in plot and characters, and something that would make it more of a stand-out read.
May 28, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: mental, soo-unlikely
The girl likes talking to strangers. She likes lying. She is most likely an alcoholic .she likes t meet up with a stranger she meet online in a isolated place. Then she likes to get drunk with the stranger. Locks him in her closet steals his clothes. Stranger appear at her house and she dose not bother to call the police or her mom. She actually believes her moms boyfriend sells dog tranqulizers. She I just stupid. And the back cover of the book pretty much told you 90% of the book.
Feb 05, 2013 Erinn rated it liked it
The best word I can use for this book was "intense". The whole time you just know everything is simmering and nothing can end well. For the most part I thought the voice was good but there were some instances where it rang a bit false. Not sure who I would recommend this too, as some of the content is really dark/disturbing, and I LIKE dark/disturbing books.
Victoria Caplinger
Apr 15, 2012 Victoria Caplinger rated it really liked it
This was an interesting little psychological suspense story. It begins with some teenage girls getting into some ill-advised hijinks – emailing and playing little mind games with older men they meet online. The lure of the whole thing is to pretend to be someone you are not, except that Lynn (our main character) gives one young (older) man her real information. He’s 24, and a soldier, and the interaction with her pushes him in some way past a line; he goes AWOL from his post and begins hiding ou ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Brianna rated it it was ok
Two stars; two main problems with the book.
One, the author does not understand how to use 'could have,' 'would have,' or 'should have.' At first I thought, oh, maybe he's just trying to get the authentic regional voice or something. But it was not consistent and began to grate after a while.
Two, what's with the creepy perverted stuff? A girl who just turned fifteen being impregnated by a 25-year-old AWOL PTSD soldier? That is rape, not romance. And her friend asking for all the details and giv
May 07, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2012, awards
It is creepy and and funny and had me on the edge of my deck chair. The one liners were positively brilliant (My mother is a nurse and my father is an asshole.) And even a week later I can't stop thinking about the book. It's part coming of age, part psychological thriller, part mystery. Zimmerman nails Lynn's voice. The writing is spot on, the pacing quick, and the teen appeal runs rampant. The chapters are short and will keep the reader turning pages to find out how the stories will unfold. I' ...more
Dan Herman
Feb 11, 2016 Dan Herman rated it really liked it
This book was ... difficult. It's well-written, with great voice, but it's just ... fucked up. That's really the only way to say it.

Art can be rough. Art can be scary. Art can be dark. It doesn't make the art bad, but it certainly doesn't make for a pleasant experience.

If I'm quite honest, I'm not sure what I got out of reading the book other than sort of the same type (not exactly the same, vis a vis scale and reality) of feeling as your 9/11 attack, or your Paris attacks (Charlie Hebdo or th
Emily Wood
Feb 18, 2015 Emily Wood rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-1-12
In an attempt to get through the summer, Lynn Sugrue and her best friend Dani spend time messaging people on an online chat room. But when Lynn meets a young soldier named Logan Loy, she is instantly interested in him. Taking advantage of her mother’s long hours as a nurse, Lynn brings Logan home and traps him in her closet. Meanwhile, her mother’s sketchy boyfriend gets himself in trouble with some violently persuasive men. Lynn must balance her life between her secret prisoner and her mother’s ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
The main teen character Lynn was pretty unbelievable at times, thus dragging the rating down to a 2 star ranking. She did some things I just didn't truly believe "fit" with the way her character was drawn. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to anyone to read. It got a good review in Booklist, so I'd figured it was worth a shot.
Aug 14, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
this book is also creepy
Jun 21, 2016 Sara rated it liked it
This was okay. It's got an intriguing twist and a lot of suspense, but the suspense is dragged out over such a long period of time that it starts to lose its luster. The editor for this book must've been on vacation because every instance where a contraction should've been used (or even the word "had") phrases like "could of," "should of," etc. were used instead and that drove me INSANE. Otherwise, his writing style was engaging and the story - albeit not totally plausible - was at least enterta ...more
If you're reading a book and within a 10-page span, you have: bloody dogs' ears getting pinned to a door, someone's finger getting cut off with a paper cutter, anti-gay slurs ("lezzy" and "dyke" and "fag"), teenage girls full-on wrestling on a barn floor for no apparent reason, and the use of the racial slurs "towelhead" and "nigger"—if all these things are happening right after each other, you really have to ask the question: what is the author doing? And it seems to me that David Zimmerman was ...more
Rebecca Ann
Jan 28, 2013 Rebecca Ann rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. It's a strong, gritty portrait of the life of one girl who has few friends, no father and an absent mother who dates all the wrong men. It's set in a small town, and the strong voice and setting Zimmerman develops really made me feel like I was there, too, and I wanted out. I liked how steeped I felt into the main character's mind (I can only remember her being called "Flipper"), not that it was an especially pretty or enlightened place. It felt real. I also like th ...more
May 19, 2012 dsneaks rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Victoria Whipple
This book is creepy! Lynn Marie and her friend Dani start playing "the Game", where they pretend to be someone else online and see what reactions they get. One day when Dani is out of the room, Lynn Marie breaks the rules of the game and uses her real name to communicate with a guy they meet online. Lynn Marie and Logan start talking on the phone, and as things progress 25 year old Logan proposes to come meet 15 year old Lynn Marie so that they can get to know each other. It turns out that while ...more
Jenni Frencham
The award-winning books this year are just not that great. I read this book as part of YALSA's Hub Challenge, and I'm having difficulty understanding why it won an award.

Here's the storyline: Lynn lives in the middle of nowheresville, Georgia. She's bored, so she and a friend go online and create fake identities, then they talk to people (usually guys). While doing this, they find an army boy who's stationed nearby and Lynn tells him her real name and ends up meeting him. Meanwhile, her mom's 6t
Apr 15, 2012 Farrah rated it it was ok
One of the strangest, creepiest books I've ever read...
Caring is Creepy is spine-tingling, horrifying, and truly bizarre.

The story is that Lynn meets some soldier online (I think) and, when he runs away from the army, she decides to keep him trapped in her room. She decides that she will control him because she can't control anything else in her life. And so begins this creepy tale...

Lynn was truly off her rocker. She is INSANE. It was the creepiest thing ever. The way she manipulated Logan to k
Jun 08, 2013 Tehreem rated it did not like it
I received this book from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Within reading the first fifty pages of this book, I was sucked into a whirlwind of absolute craziness. In this case, craziness is not a good thing. Everything was blown out of proportion, and unnecessarily drawn out. I felt as though the author did not quite know where he was going with this story. There was just so much randomness, and not much of this novel actually seemed true to life. I found myself shaking my head at the absurdity
Apr 26, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it
What the...? Even after reading the reviews, this book took me on a trip that I was not expecting. , I had no idea where this book was going to go, and it didn't go anywhere good. Every character was a conflicted, broken character. At the start of the story I thought the main character Lynn was going to be the voice of reason for her best friend Dani. Unfortunately it turned out very differently. Lynn took an unusual and very unexpected turn for the worse and morphed into this crazed and creepy ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Alessandra rated it liked it
This is quite a creepy book. Some reviewers list is as young adult, but I don't think it is. Not at all. Some pages made my skin crawl.

Fifteen-year-old Lynn Marie is going though a difficult summer. Her mother is almost never around because she works long hours as a nurse; her mother's boyfriends seems involved in some drug-dealing business; and her best friend just got an Internet connection. Together, the two girls build different fake personas to chat with men and "mess with their heads". Unt
Apr 18, 2012 Karly rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
So not what I expected...the author took the story and ran away with it-in the opposite direction than I would've guessed.

When Lynn and her friend Dani started chatting with people online, they decided to make a game out of it. One of the main rules of the game was that they wouldn't identify their true identities. Lynn wasn't really sure why but she did give her real name to a soldier named Logan who was in hid mid-twenties while she was just about to enter high school. After Lynn and Logan met
Oct 17, 2013 Cat rated it it was amazing
caring is creepy is about a girl Lynn Mari who is struggling like most teenagers do, her friend is exploring the internet with her and together they pulls some pranks on internet chat rooms until she meets Logan Loy, or L.L. he ends up going AWOL, and hid's in a storage room only accessible from her closet, she basically has kidnapped her very own soldier boy, but while this is going on her mother pill popping boy friend brings his death threats into her and her mothers life and end up getting t ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Billie rated it liked it

This review is based on a copy of the book that I got free from the Publisher through the Goodreads First Reads program.

I found the pace of this book very consistant in that from beginning to end the story flowed.

This is definately a mid teen or young adult oriented book as all the subersive stuff you do at that age like smoke, drink, swear, fool around and try to get away with all sorts of stuff occur in the book.

The story is about a 15 year old named Lynn who just seems to attract trouble. The
Feb 20, 2012 Gina rated it liked it
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. But all I could feel reading this book was sadness. I started out with sadness for the relationship Lynn had with her mother, then the add in of the druggy boyfriend of her mothers. The uncertainty of her mothers role in the current issues! When Lynn met Logan I felt like I'd soon be reading a fairy tale ending. How far from th ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Valerie rated it it was ok
The book Caring is Creepy is a story of a 15 year-old girl named Lynn-Marie who lives with her mother and has a broken family. Lynn practically lives in the middle of nowhere in the state of Georgia. During the story Lynn, is introduced to the internet by her friend Dani and her neighbor. Both girls find themselves meeting, talking to, and manipulating adults over the internet, out of sheer boredom. That is, until Lynn finds a 25 year-old Logan, who absolutely loathes his career and life, and de ...more
Rosie Elysa
Aug 20, 2013 Rosie Elysa rated it it was amazing
The main character, Lynn Marie, is a teenager in 2005 when she and her best friend start exploring the internet. At first they play a cruel game of messing with random people, but soon she meets Logan Loy, a young person in the military, and they become friends. Eventually they even meet and go on a date and things go great. Until he decides to leave the army without telling anyone, effectively going AWOL, and hide in the small room behind Lynn's closet. She helps hide him from her mom and her m ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Kayla rated it it was ok
Caring is Creepy is a first person reflective narrative of a teenage girl, Lynn. Lynn is a high schooler living in a small town in Georgia in the early 2000s. Her best friend gets a computer for her birthday and they begin to play games by chatting up strangers. Lynn gets close to Logan, a boy in his twenties staying at a nearby army base. The plot follows Lynn's delusional love with Logan and messy family issues. A major theme in the book is manipulation. Lynn continuously manipulates Logan thr ...more
Caring is Creepy was a strange, dark book about bad people in worse situations. Many times while reading, I considered putting the book down and walking away from it, much like some of the characters should have done with the problems in their lives. However, just like the frustrating characters in this book, I kept going, no matter how bad it felt for me, because I wanted to see how everything would turn out.

The main character of the story, Lynn Marie, has problems. Her father left, and her mot
Oct 19, 2013 Mel rated it it was ok
I don't know what to make of this book. It was odd, for sure. Lynne is a strange 15 year old. She describes how she's feeling but, seems devoid of emotion. A lot of the things in the book were unrealistic. So, Lynne and her friend Dani go to online dating sites to "mess with people" (really to mess with men, obviously). Her friend Dani was annoying and dramatic. Then she meets Logan. He's a 25 year old soldier stationed nearby. Logan goes AWOL right around the time Lynne's mothers boyfriend Haye ...more
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David Zimmerman was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Emerson College and the University of Alabama. He spent several years living and working in Brazil and Ethiopia. After winning the Three-Day-Novel Contest, Anvil Press published the resulting novella, Socket. His debut novel, The Sandbox, was published by Soho Press in 2010, and his newest novel, Caring is Creepy, will be released in Apri ...more
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