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 received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: In Crush we meet 17-year-old Cami, who is sweet, kinda geeky and really pretty. She spends her time with her even geekier best friend Clay. Hunter is the new guy at school and is a popular party boy. Crush is the story of how opposites attract.
The story is told in split POV, which is interesting because it allows the reader to see the relationship develop from both perspectives. Hunter has a lot of secrets from both Cami and the reader, but Lacey Weatherford manages to write Hunter's POV in such a way that crucial plot points are not given away in his POV until the right moment.
The characters go back and forth a lot and they're kinda intense. They become involved really quickly and both suffer from insecurities and jealousies. Hunter seems to be afflicted with the common aliment of lying by omission, but then again he is in a pretty difficult situation.
There are some interesting secondary characters including Clay, Uncle Chris & Derek. I had my suspicions early on about certain characters but I definitely didn't see THAT ending coming!
I did sometimes find Hunter's POV read more like a girl than a guy at times, but I enjoyed the story and Weatherford had me hooked trying to discover Hunter's secrets. Crush covers some pretty dark and troubling aspects, so I'd definitely label it more as older YA or New Adult.
3.5 Stars in my Sky!