As if that isn't enough, her quiet island town has turned dangerous. A good friend has gone missing, lending truth to the rumors of a serial kidnapper. In her quest to help she becomes a target and will have to make choices about love, friendship and the inevitable sacrifice that they both require.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 24th 2013 by Elena Dillon
Genre: Young Adult
* I received a copy of this book in a goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review*
This book was a pleasant surprise for me. With an equal amount of teenage romance and mystery it made for a pleasant and page turning read.
The story revolves around Rory who seems to find trouble wherever she goes. She is in her last year of high school and is on the path that her parents want for her. They even push for her to date the boy (one of her best friends) that they want. Her childhood friend and crush moves in across the street, all grown up and gorgeous and her parents want her to stay away because they think he is trouble. So begins the love triangle that we all love to read about. Add to that the disappearance of a high school friend, a serial kidnapper, and strange and unusual things happening to Rory and you have a great combination of page turning events.
With a romance and mystery you would think that one story would out weigh the other but Dillon does an incredible job of balancing the two so that they are equally interesting and entertaining. I found myself wanting to figure out the mystery just as much as I wanted Rory to figure out her love life. The two blended perfectly.
There is a huge cast of likeable characters in this book from the over protective twin brothers and a group of amazing friends to an ambulance driver that appears (a few times) throughout the story. As far as the boys go, Rory can't go wrong. Both boys are more than worthy of the readers adoration to the point that you may have to pick a team. I won't say who I was routing for so that I don't give away any spoilers!
Over all Crushing was a very solid read and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys the young adult genre. Elena Dillon is a new to me author who I will be checking out more often.