Friday, February 22, 2013

Crushed by Dawn Rae Miller


I have to commend author Dawn Rae Miller for writing such a jaw dropper book. Because of the sexual situations I would classify this in the NA category even though the book takes place in a boarding school of young adults. With little parental presence the teens get into serious mischief. I have never attended or know anyone who has ever attended a boarding school, so I don’t have much of a reference of how close to reality the book is. But Fletch Colson who is referred to as a ‘man whore’ gets himself into lot of situations that get very real. Miller maintains honest dialogue for all of her characters that will definitely make your eyes bulge. I found Crushed to be extremely funny, risky and a definite success because I wanted more at the end, plus it offers a great possibility for a second book.  

Crushed was a book that interested me because it’s a love story written from the male POV. And not just any male POV, one that readers may not like in the beginning of the story, which opens with a HUGE bang in the jaw dropping department, HUGE. I’m just saying that readers will need to prepare themselves for some explicit detail and drug use.

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Summary:

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.


Let’s get down to Fletch. He is an egotistical, over confident sex maniac. He has iron layers that get torn down gradually and has a massive revelation within his immediate family. Readers will want to hate him in the beginning but will be surprised by him. Fletch is surrounded by people similar to him and his lifestyle so he is constantly being tempted to throw the bet. When he realizes his parents have been keeping a secret from him, he starts to examine his life and has to make a decision on how he wants to live it. His dad has high standards that Fletch has no problem living up to, but it’s the course his father pretty much designed for him he has issues with. Ellie, his friend helps him in a big way with this.

Ellie brings along a presence that has you glued to the book. She’s like a time bomb when it comes to Fletch because she is attracted to him and has no clue about the bet. This makes things more difficult in regards to the bet, and great reading. I liked Ellie a lot and am sure readers will like her too. In the beginning I always felt the need to protect her from Fletch, but towards the end you want Fletch to listen to her more.

Miller offers additional story lines from Fletch’s circle of friends. Brady is hilarious but often dangerous for Fletch because he heavily influences him. Paige and Reid are seen as the power couple. I enjoyed them a lot because they have a unique issue to get over in their relationship. Then there is Cal who was written so well that I can’t even discuss her because I don’t want to spoil the book. Her story plays a major part in Fletch’s.  


There are some incredible scenes in Crushed. My favorite was probably the trip to Napa the group takes. You’ll get a glimpse into Fletch’s lifestyle and those iron layers I spoke of will start to wilt here. Ellie steps out a bit more too, and will surprise readers in doing so. 

There are a lot of different battles within Crushed. Fletch has to battle his dad about his future. Then he has to battle Cas and what is expected of him along with himself who he doesn’t trust too much. Dawn Rae Miller provides a book with sincere life lessons that offers readers an untypical male lead to root for. You’ll hate him, be outraged at him, and love him, then shocked that you are sympathetic with him.    


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