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.
CRUSHED is a New Adult book. It has profanity and sexual situations, and is intended for ages 16+.
I really enjoyed this book for it’s raw honesty and brave writing and authentic male voice as the narrator. And I’ll admit, Fletch is a hard character to swallow in the beginning. He’s vain, selfish, a bit spineless on occasion, shallow, and a total asshole but I really believe guys like him exist and there’s always more to them then what’s on the surface. In this case, that was 100% true. The growth was rewarding. I loved the depression and conflicting emotions that Fletch faced and the constant battle with trying not to retreat to his old ways of dealing with his feelings–sex and partying. Ellie was a fantastic character and until pretty far into the book, I wasn’t actually sure who he would end up with and that’s really a good thing. The twists in the plot were well set up and not at all predictable but still believable. If you like edgy YA with a big coming-of-age theme then this is a great book for you to read. Also, I loved the boarding school setting. I’m a sucker for that and road trip books.