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Caring Is Creepy
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Caring Is Creepy
A Novel
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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 he's forced to stay over in a storage space accessible through her closet, and the Army subsequently lists him as AWOL, she realizes that he's the one thing in her life that she can control. Meanwhile, her mother's boyfriend is on the receiving end of a series of increasingly violent threats, which places Lynn squarely in the cross-hairs.

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 he's forced to stay over in a storage space accessible through her closet, and the Army subsequently lists him as AWOL, she realizes that he's the one thing in her life that she can control. Meanwhile, her mother's boyfriend is on the receiving end of a series of increasingly violent threats, which places Lynn squarely in the cross-hairs.

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  • David Zimmerman was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving his MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama, he spent several years living and working in Brazil and Ethiopia. He now teaches at Iowa State University.

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    February 27, 2012
    In Zimmerman’s newest (after The Sandbox), 15-year-old Lynn Marie Sugrue falls into a twisted kind of love with Army specialist Logan Loy—whom she met online—in rural Georgia. Having punched a sergeant, he goes AWOL with Lynn’s help. Thinking no one will find him at her house, Logan hides in a storage space behind Lynn’s closet, and she takes care of him, finding perverse comfort in her clandestine houseguest. Meanwhile, her mother’s no-good boyfriend, Hayes, has made promises he can’t keep with folks of a bad sort, and now they’re threatening Lynn’s family and taking extreme measures to get what they want. Lynn’s relationship with Logan becomes less about romance and more about control, as she begins to say and do anything she can to keep him by her side, and Hayes’s enemies’ threats reach frightening levels. Lynn’s voice is authentically sardonic and compelling, but the ending is resolved too easily and the reasons for Lynn’s ill-treatment of Logan are unconvincing. Still, the intersections of Lynn’s and Logan’s story line with the consequences of Hayes’s shady dealings are consistently exciting.

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