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Crushing Summer by [Stunich, C.M.]
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CRUSHING SUMMER - YA Summer Romance (Full-Length, No Cliff Hanger)
Recommended for ages 16 and Up.
From the Amazon Bestselling Author of 'Losing Me, Finding You' and 'Get Bent'

"I wanted to kiss his face off.
And I didn't even know him."

I'm a girl. I met a boy. Why can't it stay that simple?

Here, in this town, summer doesn't just mean tiny bikinis and sunglasses, white toothed grins and lounging at the beach. It means pain. And loss. And false promises.

It means liars pretending to be saints, friends pretending to be enemies, rivals pretending to be lovers.

For me, it means being crushed. The Crush, actually. The one they all want simply because they were told to. It means being surrounded by beautiful faces and gorgeous bodies, sweet words and sizzling kisses.

It means being wanted and despised.

My name is Chloe Summer, and I'm afraid that if I'm not careful, this summer could be my last.

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“Tonight is Assignment Night.” Casper remained still, listening, not at all nervous about what I was going to say. He didn't think it was going to be bad or that it was going to affect him, but I knew it would. Somehow, I just knew.
“Like, for classes or something?”
“Like, for the summer. All summer. Tonight, all the students, ages thirteen to eighteen, will be assigned a title. Most of them will stay Students, but a select lucky and unlucky few will be … Something else.” Casper gave me a look that said I was totally and completely nuts. Again, I attempted a smile, but this one fell even flatter than the first. I resorted to keeping my eyes on the sea and letting my fidgety hands spin the conch around in circles. “You know all the stereotypes people think about when they talk about high school? Jocks? Losers? Party boys? Goths?” Casper pulled a cigarette out of his pocket and slipped it between his lips.
“Yeah, sure, okay.”
“Well … on Assignment Night, tonight, people get nominated by their peers for certain … positions, and then they have to act them out until the Friday before Labor Day. Every day until that day, at midnight, they have to be who everyone wants them to be, for good or bad. And everyone else, the Students, they have to play along.”
“Um, you're kidding right? Is this some kind of game?” My faux smiled turned into a grimace.
“I wish it were. If it were just a game, it'd be fun, right? But it's not. I mean, I used to think it was, but not anymore. People get hurt playing this game.” I paused, not necessarily for dramatic effect, but there it was. “They get killed."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 923 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sarian Royal (Nov. 6 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GIOQ70Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book...was different from the usual but still really good!! As always I couldn't put it it all in one day lol ii always enjoy your books and can't wait for more
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HASH(0xa54099fc) out of 5 stars Once again CM doesn't disappoint Nov. 11 2013
By pinkspo0n - Published on
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I'm starting to think that CM is Wonder Woman. It's the only thing that makes sense. It seems as if any time she tackles a challenge, everything is fantastically completed. Never before have I read an author who's able to write such excellent stories over such a wide variety of genres.

This book is well written and the characters are extremely well developed. Chloe is a great lead and is well supported by Casper and Julie. Ultimately, my favorite character was Julie, Casper's sister. Although it's never truly explained why, she has a limited time to live due to illness. Honestly, since she was wearing a wig, I assumed it was some form of cancer, but it is never really fully pointed out exactly what her illness is. Even without that information, she's a strong and interesting girl who makes decisions well beyond her age in order to protect those she cares about. (Very tricky wording there, really trying not to give spoilers.)

The premise of the Assignment is very interesting and cult-like. To some it may seem a bit over-the-top for adults to let some of the things that happen.. well, happen. I've lived in small towns most of my life, though, so although this would definitely be an extreme case of negligence, I've seen some pretty weird things happen in the case of small town traditions. At the same time, the fact that it's fiction really gives the poetic license to do whatever you want anyhow, yet I can still see some folks complaining that a lot of the actions that take place in this book would never be allowed by any responsible adult. Although I'm likely to agree, this just shows (to me) that these adults just aren't responsible, which definitely isn't unheard of these days.... Anyhow, enough on that rant.

I had such a great time reading this book. The mystery was intriguing! I admit that I had it figured out fairly early in the story, but there were so many twists and turns that I did second guess myself many times. I've also read quite a few mysteries in my time, so perhaps I'm a bit used to picking out what doesn't quite fit - or maybe I'm just lucky. =P.

Once again CM has blown my mind with her well developed cast of characters with realistic and quirky personalities. I'd definitely recommend this one!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa54013cc) out of 5 stars Couldn't get into this story to save my life.... Nov. 19 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
ARC provided for honest review.

Judging by all the four and five star reviews on this book, I am wondering if I read the same book as everyone else. I did not enjoy this book at all. I couldn't get into the characters, there was no real depth to the story. It all focused on some cult-like activity called The Assignment that was too bizarre to even wrap your mind around - not to mention the fact that it is cruel, and yet the parents encourage their children to participate? WTF! I just could not get into this book. It was an okay read, the mystery of who killed last year's crush is the only redeeming factor to this book for me and the only reason I gave it two stars instead of one. I forced myself to read to 30%, then skimmed it to 90% and didn't miss a thing. Normally this would have been a DNF for me, however I did not feel I could adequately review a book if I didn't finish it.
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HASH(0xa48b5d38) out of 5 stars Disappointed Nov. 25 2013
By Dustin Peterson - Published on
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Was Kinda left disappointed with the book. I have read other books by this author such as "Real Ugly" & "Get Bent" and loved them. This book however, just didn't grab my attention & it was hard to get into it. I kept finding myself wanting to put the book down, which is so unlike me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4838d08) out of 5 stars CM Stunich is one of the those inventive and creative authors,who aren't afraid of publishing sth different Nov. 10 2013
By Mia's Point Of View - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Given by the author for an honest review for her Blog Tour

Before I start delving into the book, I would like to state something about the author CM Stunich. As much as we all hate labels, we can't help but categorize books into Romance, Contemporary, NA, YA, Erotica ..thus placing the relating authors in similar categories. And that's why CM Stunich is unique and one of a kind. She can't be placed into any category! Her work is so distinguishable and so special that simply doesn't fit into any category. Her series Hard Boots has so different language than Crushing Summer that you couldn't possibly imagine that they're written by the same person.

CM Stunich is one of the most inventive and creative authors I've ever had the pleasure to read. She is truly one of a kind.

Crushing Summer is the book every author has to write. It is the book that reflects the author's mind perfectly. It's the book that pushes the author on the front stage demanding a standing ovation.

Personally, I didn't focus on the romantic elements so much. The story was full of half-answered questions that had my mind in a twist. It has a strong mystery aura that leaves you reeling. But what won me and my mind was the imagination and the creativity of it. The whole "Assignment" idea being a tradition in a small town and how it affected every single person who lived there..A great idea that really tests the character of the author and CM Stunich proves once again she is one hell of a woman and a writer, who is not afraid to publish something different.

So now let's meet our characters that had our hearts pounding in our chests...

>>Chloe is the girl next door, who gets along with everyone and doesn't want to fight. She's also the strong-opinioned young lady, who isn't afraid to speak her mind and make decisions that may distance herself from an entire town. She's also the one who will suffer right with you, when you're in pain, and the one who will defend you with all her might, even if you let her down.

Chloe is the perfect combination of feistiness and sensitivity all wrapped up in a beautiful leader.

>>Casper is a very strong young man. He doesn't take any crap and he stands up for the person he loves in a fearless way. I cannot imagine how a family lives through that pain. Knowing someone you love will die, will suffer so much in such a young age and for so long. Chloe was right; Casper was handling everything very well.
He is just so strong..And in the end..When everything fell apart..He showed us just how much of a Man he is...

Crushing Summer is an important book. It's something you should have in your library (electronic or not, lol)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Nicole Tetrev - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Crushing Summer is an awesome WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON type of read. Chloes hometown maybe the weirdest hometown of all time with their weird Assignment ritual. When Chloe strangely becomes the Crush when she never even signed up, is only the start of her weird summer. I love how the way Stunich writes is how my brains works, if you know what I mean? It is like her characters are pretty normal they aren't 30 year old minds in a 16 year olds body. If the characters are 16 they act 16 they have typical 16 year old reactions to things. Not that there was anything typical about Crushing Summer, the mystery and the "game" played was really unlike anything I had read before and I had no idea where it was heading. Rarely can I not predict the outcome or the who dunnit but Crushing Summer had really left me stumped until it was spelled out for me. Great easy read.