Source: Mark My Words– I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Series: Crush #1
Edition: eBook, 332 Pages
Genre: Young Adult (Upper) Contemporary
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Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.
Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at arms length, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.
As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.
I read most of this in one sitting and AHHH, it’s so good! Crush follows Cami, a high school senior, who is comfortable with in the lines of her of her life, and Hunter a new senior with a less than stellar reputation.
This does seem like your typical contemporary toward the beginning. You know the story, good girl meets the bad boy and one of them changes. THIS IS NO TYPICAL. Hunter walks on a rather bad path, but he’s a genuinely good guy. He had me so torn through out the whole novel. I loved him, I really did, but the drug thing was killing me. Everytime Cami asked him to walk away from it, I was screaming it right along with her. Then there is Clay, who I adored in the beginning…but that dreaded awkwardness that comes when your best friend confesses his feelings ….UGH….I’ve been there. It honestly puts you in such a weird position and I loved that the author made it into a realistic situation. Instead of their friendship immediately coming to an end you have Cami try to navigate it and work through it. Cami is a sweet girl and I loved that Hunter didn’t try to change her at all, she stayed that really sweet bubbly girl all the way through to the end.
The writing is realistic and full of emotion. There is a bit of added mystery as well involving Hunter that was really well done and kept me guessing. I was dying to know what he was keeping from Cami, and when it was finally revealed it blew my mind.
So overall, I’m more than pleased with Crush. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.