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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  977 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Having it all has never been so hard.

For eighteen-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 life, and try not to mess up too much.

However, w
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Published December 11th 2012 by FinnStar Publishing (first published December 9th 2012)
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Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I have to admit, most of the books that I read have female protagonists, so whenever I read a book with a male protagonists, I find it a little refreshing...especially when I enjoy the character, and I absolutely adored Fletch! :D

Fletch is a ladies man and he really has no problem with that, and sometimes that kind of persona can be a bit off-putting with male narrators, but for Fletch--it worked! It worked because Fletch was so forthright and honest, and while he did hook up with a lot of girl
Cee (The Mistress Case)
3 That Was Good Stars

Well, I was in for a pleasant surprise. This book is more angst than anything else.

“Fetch” is a total horny, whiny bitch. No insult intended. It’s the truth. He’s a horndog and needs to settle down his buns— no, I take that back— his buns need spanking. His friends are dicks too. He’s your typical kid: under pressure from the school, his parents, etc, etc. And despite all the cliché drama, I deeply felt for him as a person. For a long while, he became more than just a charac
Nov 19, 2012 added it
I am a huge fan of Dawn’s writing and by the very first paragraph which is definitely OUT THERE, you know that Crushed is going to be a VERY different book from her previous books, Larkstorm and Nightingale. The cover is simple yet effective and I like the fact that she’s gone down the contemporary route with this novel. What I LOVE most though is that the story is told by Fletch, a male protagonist. Dawn NAILED his voice which is something she does so well and like always, the dialogue is spot ...more
Kathy Ann
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Fletch is the stereotypical rich boarding school senior whose main interest is sex, drugs, and alcohol.... until he meets Ellie. Ellie is a sweet girl - probably the only girl who actually sees Fletch for who he is.... not just who he pretends to be. I have to admit I was very frustrated with Fletch many times during this book... although thinking back on it his decisions that angered me we ...more
I won this book as part of the boxed set Dirty Boys of Summer: Alphas, Billionaires, Bikers, and Jocks. Wee for giveaways!

Honestly, the whole time I was reading this book (and skimming the end because ain't no one got time for that melodramatic shit that happened towards it) I wanted to

the main character.

No to the no thank you.

Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2012
It's difficult not to enjoy Fletch's character even though he is a wealthy, privileged, womanizing teenage boy with an assortment of various arrogant and self centered friends. Wanting to follow his dreams and own path in life but being forced to go along with his parents wishes, Fletch finds himself at a fork in the road to life. His whole life was planned out for him, including his dream girl and yet he found himself as a senior in an elite boarding school watching more. It seemed Fletch had e ...more
This book was a surprise. I normally don't go for books like this. The hero is self-destructive (which I usually love as a character flaw) without any true reason for his behavior besides the fact that he is uber rich. I thought that the author's protrayal of the characters of this book is believable and even if they can be selfish and bratty at times most of the time you end up liking them for it.
Another, the hero is not some self-assured alpha male but a regular teen who is both spoiled and ne
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was a surprise, and a really good one! It was written in a teenage boy's POV but the author did such an incredible job that I never once felt like I was reading a book written by a woman trying to sound like a man. I highly recommend this book to anyone liking more mature YA books.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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After reading Gone Girl, I was so not in the mood for anything heavy. I needed a YA or an NA read asap! There came Dawn with her fantastic email, asking me if I can review Crushed. I immediately said yes after I read the synopsis. Sounds right up my alley. Fletch makes a bet with his friends that a player (or as they call him, a man-whore) like him can actually keep his hands to himself and be friends with a hot girl like Ellie Jacobs. We all know how this
Nadia Said
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for a review and I just finished reading it. Wow. Guys it was...real. Not real in the sense of our main character being born with a silver spoon in his mouth, has multiple houses, and could go on dream vacations on the drop of a dime. No. That's strictly for the land of rich and famous. Fletch is real through his struggles. His struggle to define himself, to live up to his parents expectations while trying to break free from their mold, to go after what he wants ...more
Pretty in Fiction
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews-by-jesse
Crushed by Dawn Rae Miller is a coming of age story about a boy struggling with decisions about his future while trying to maintain a relationship with a girl without letting it go farther than friendship. This was a difficult book for me to rate because while I did enjoy the story, I just wasn't the biggest fan of the actions of the main character, Fletch.

I don't usually enjoy stories where the only things the characters do are get high, drunk, or have sex. I just don't. Not only do I hate char
Jaime Arkin
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm always leery about a book when an author approaches me for a review... I mean, what if I hate it... what if I can't make myself finish it. There's so much pressure. Thankfully that is not what happened here.

Upon reading the summary for Crushed I was immediately excited. I mean first... it's in a male pov, which almost will have me on board. But that's not the only thing that had me intrigued.

For seventeen year old Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he'll win it all:
Shane Harris
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I was interested in Crushed when I found out it was from a male perspective, there is something about an author taking on the opposite sex as a teenage protagonist that completely intrigues me. Probably because even though I like to think I know how teenage boys think, I don't really believe that I can fully get inside of their pea-brains. Maybe Miller has teenage boys around because I think she probably hit the nail on the head here.

A large part of Fletcher's story revolves around sex, drugs, a
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to DNF this book so bad. However, because I already promised to never DNF anything, I pushed in and finished the whole thing. I do this because I want to show the authors enough respect to finish their book no matter how much I regret it. That being said, it is with all due respect when I say that I did not like this book at all, not even a little bit.

I'm not a fan of YA. However, there are some YA b
Jan 26, 2013 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I don't know that it's fair for me to give this a star rating, as I really didn't read the whole book. I tried, I really did. It just didn't hook me. I got maybe 20% through the book, and my mind kept drifting away from the story, and even while I was reading it, I didn't connect with it at all. I didn't like the main character, Fletch, and I didn't like his friends. It's hard to read the whole book when you don't like anything that you're reading. (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In exchange for an honest review, I was given a copy of Crushed by Dawn Rae Miller. I have been looking for new books to read and was excited to give this one a try.

Crushed follows the senior year of high school student, Fletch, and is told from his perspective. I usually do not read books with male narrators; however, I really enjoyed hearing Fletch’s voice throughout the book. Miller does a superb job of realistically writing Fletch. If I did not know better, I would think a male author had w
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly realistic and fun read. Dawn Rae Miller will take you on a trip down memory lane back when you were still in school. This does contain a lot of scenes of a sexual and drug related nature, but without them the book wouldn't have any of it's magic.

Fletch is primed to be his father, right down to sharing the same name. Attending the same boarding school, staying in the same dorm, having the same kind of unhealthy fun, right down to applying for the same ivy league college. But it's no
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I do not know how realistic this book is - are American students in boarding schools generally so hung up about drinks, drugs and sex? And yet can still aspire to be valedictorian by the end of school year? Wow….

I’m not saying that “Crushed” is not a good book; I’m just very uncomfortable with the content, especially with a cast consisting of horny teenagers whose aim in life is to enjoy themselves into insensibility and hopefully still make it to good universities after graduation. It was almos
Julie Cross
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this book for it's raw honesty and brave writing and authentic male voice as the narrator. And I'll admit, Fletch is a hard character to swallow in the beginning. He's vain, selfish, a bit spineless on occasion, shallow, and a total asshole but I really believe guys like him exist and there's always more to them then what's on the surface. In this case, that was 100% true. The growth was rewarding. I loved the depression and conflicting emotions that Fletch faced and the constan
Cassandra Curtis
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I find it hard sometimes to read books with a male POV, but Fletch was written with the voice of a regular teenager. It was a refreshing change! Although I am hoping the drug use and sexual activity level isn't representative of what goes on in your everyday public high school (I have a daughter that age!) I feel like it fit with the story here, of a privileged private boarding school.
The story was so much more a coming-of-age journey for a very confused boy, not a t
Heather andrews
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really like the fact the book is told in Fletcher's point of view, it's a nice change from all the female perspective books I read. I really laughed at Fletcher and Ellie's first meeting, Mr. Suave-man sure knows how to piss a girl off!
"I could pay you."
"I'm not a prostitute," she snaps.
I loved Ellie the girl has a temper and knows how to speak her mind, "You practically beg me to tutor you," she points to my book on my desk. "And then, when I'm here, you have no interest in studying, but
Lori Clark
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm always skeptical when approached by authors asking to read and review their books. Mostly because I've had some really awful books thrust at me, of which I couldn't get past page two. But when Ms. Miller approached me, I felt that her book sounded like something I would enjoy. I was hooked within the first couple paragraphs! This is definitely for a more mature group of readers, but it is a great read with a great voice. The entire book is told from one person's POV. Fletch's. The author pul ...more
Beth McCraw
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure I was going to like this story, especially because it was from the point of view of a teenage boy.. But I honestly loved it. At first I thought Fletch was just your typical hormone ridden teenage boy, who only thought about himself. But once you get to know Fletch, you can't help but feel for him and care about him. The only thing he wants to do in his life is what his heart tells him, and his parents give him all these expectations that he shouldn't have to deal with. This is a to ...more
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was good but i felt it may have needed just something more, now what that more was im not sure, maybe some drama, it was a pretty simple read i guess a coming of age book for Fletch! But i did enjoy this book describing a guy finally growing up and maturing and opening his eyes to everything around and realizing everything isn't as perfect as it seems. With his liein g of a bitch "friend" cal and his cheating father, Fletch realizes that he needs to finally figure out what HE wants and ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of the book for my honest opinion. I have to say that I liked the story overall and although I didn't nor know anyone that went to boarding school, I know plenty of high school aged kids who did more than their share of drugs and alcohol.

Yes, the amount of drugs and alcohol is disturbing. However, I think if is probably a pretty accurate depiction of what happens when you have tons of money and no parental supervision. I found Fletch to be likeable and in the end felt for him
Jennifer Walkup
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
CRUSHED is amazing!

Fletch, the book’s narrator, is the character you'll love to hate, but the hate won't last. I read this quickly, often shaking my head at his antics, but all the while hoping for his success and change. And Miller does not disappoint on these aspects. We follow Fletch through his elite boarding school life, his incredibly-well drawn friendships and relationships, and yeah, his often shallow and sometimes meaningless debauchery. But all this changes when he starts to take a loo
Andrea Snedaker
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, family, love, school, cheating, 2013
This book is bad. Baaaaaad.

But not in a literary way. In this way is is Soooo GOoood! So so so so so good.

But I pray that no school my children ever go to is this bad. Oh my it's scandalous!!

Fletch is the kind of character you don't want to like, yet you love and cheer for. I'm so happy with the way the story went. Toward the end I saw it veering in a way that I would have not been happy with but expected, but the ending was perfect. Thank you author: Dawn Rae Miller for another phenomenal book
Desiree Gorman - A Love Affair With Books
This book was an interesting spin on the life of a group of elite boarding high school kids. The main character, Fletch, is a womanizing, overachieving, rich kid whose entire life is being mapped out for him by his mother and father. Crushed outlines his thoughts as he trys to figure out who he is and what emotions are really his.

With a group of friends who range from pot smoking, womanizing fiends to girls with the self-esteem of snails, it did make me scared to ever let my child leave the hous
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
To tell you the truth I still don't know what the point or message or plot was for this book.
Fletch was not a nice character he was shallow and I thought that for a valedictorian he was just plain stupid. Ellie was nice but not a deep developed character and Call had no back bone.
His parents were so strange. The story did not sound real for me and there was so much whoring and and drinking going on it just got boring.
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Dawn is a Twitter and fashion addict whose favorite things in life are her family, gorgeous dresses, tea leaf salad, and French macarons. She splits her time between San Francisco and Northern Virginia, and is always up for a trip to Paris.

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