Crushed by Dawn Rae Miller
Publication date: February 5th 2013
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who turns his world inside out – Fletch discovers his perfect life isn’t so wonderful.
As family secrets begin tumbling out, what once seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right, and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.
☆➹⁀☆☆ 3.5 Stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
Crushed by Dawn Rae Miller is a standalone, YA romance. It is unique in that the story is told from the point of view of an 18 year old boy. If you enjoy reading YA romance, you’ll find it interesting to see teenage angst through the male POV.
Crushed tells the story of Fletcher Colson–known as Fletch to his friends—a high school senior at a boarding school. He is doing what he is supposed to in order to follow the plans his parents have laid out for him. His dreams and their plans aren’t synced, but he doesn’t know how to step out of their prescribed path.
There is a definite feeling of affluenza as you read about Fletch and his circle of arrogant, self-centered friends. Their B.M.O.C. behavior and flippant attitude made it hard for me to care about them and hard to get into the story. As the story progresses and I got to see more of the real Fletch (as opposed to the player persona), I became more invested in his story. I really enjoyed the depiction of love the unrequited love from the boy’s perspective.
What starts as a fairly calloused wager between Fletch and his friends, ends up being a lovely friendship-to-love relationship between Fletch and Ellie. Ellie is spunky, confident, and clearly comes from a warm, loving family. Their friendship frees Fletch a little. Fletch’s growing attraction to Ellie inspires him to question the path his parents have laid out for him and ultimately choose his own.
Crushed is more than a boys-gone-wild story at a posh boarding school. It’s about growing up and being true to yourself.
Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and the author for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.