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.
I had the honor of receiving this book as an ARC. Cushing Summer has to be the oddest book that I’ve read in a long time. Odd, not in a bad way, but like a “What the hell!?” type book. Although it did take me a few chapters to really get into it, I did eventually get sucked in because with so much going on in the book, you couldn’t turn away without finding out what happened next!
Chloe Summers home town has an odd summer tradition called “The Assignment”, during the summer months all law enforcement and parents turn a blind eye. Every child ages 13-18 participate, voted into school “politics” and have to behave as their assigned part…King, Queen Bee, Crush, Heart throb, Jock, Outcast etc. Although some take this a little TOO seriously. Last year the “Crush” was murdered, yet the towns police wrote it off as nothing but an accident!!
Chloe wants absolutely no part in the “assignment” this year, especially after meeting the new kids in town, Julie and her brother, Casper. Yet, someone has put in her name, and she is crowned “Crush”. Everyone in town is to “want her”, to “be her”… she is chased around town with flowers, love notes and chocolates..
Julie is a young year old girl who is terminally ill, and Casper does everything in his power to make sure that she is safe. Except, the town voted Julie as “Outcast”… All of the kids in town are to treat her as such. She gets tomatoes thrown at her, her house egged and TPed.. Ridiculous behavior!!
There are way too many characters to name in this review, but Chloe is torn between building a relationship with Casper, protecting Julie, staying close to the “King” for protection, and getting to the bottom of last year traumatic events. Like I said there is a lot going on all at once.
I didn’t pay too much attention to the love relationship side of the book because there was just so much else going on. This is my first C.M. Stunich novel but she has certainly grabbed my attention with this one!
C.M. Stunich was raised under a cover of fog in the area known simply as Eureka, CA. A mysterious place, this strange, arboreal land nursed Caitlin's (yes, that's her name!) desire to write strange fiction novels about wicked monsters, magical trains, and Nemean Lions (Google it!). She currently enjoys drag queens, having too many cats, and tribal bellydance. Always a fan of the indie scene and 'sticking it to the man,' Ms. Stunich decided to take the road less traveled and forgo the traditional publishing route. You can be assured though that she received several rejections as to ensure her proper place in the world of writers before taking up a friend's offer to start a publishing company. Sarian Royal was born, and Ms. Stunich's books slowly transformed from mere baking chocolate to full blown tortes with hand sculpted fondant flowers. C.M. is a writer obsessed with delivering the very best and scours her mind on a regular basis to select the most unusual stories for the outside world. Ms. Stunich can be reached via e-mail or by post and loves to hear from her readers. Ms. Stunich also wrote this biography and has no idea why she decided to refer to herself in the third person. Come visit me at www.cmstunich.com and follow me on Facebook !