5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . Eric Connelly is crumbling under the weight of his dad’s expectations. He can’t seem to live up to the “Connelly Man” standards—but when he meets the mysterious, free-spirited Jordan Grant, his dad’s rules seem so much less important than they used to.
Jordan and Eric—now “E”—join up with two of the most popular girls in school to combat their rich-kid boredom. But as Jordan seduces E further, the group starts to kill time in more nefarious ways. It’s Jordan who escalates the pack’s dares from mostly harmless jaunts like joyrides in boosted cars and Bling Ring–style luxury shoplifting sprees into more violent activities. Eric is intoxicated . . . swept up in the pack’s activities, even as Paige and Haley start to have reservations about what they’ve been doing. When Jordan starts talking bigger—what’s a little bomb building between friends?—E must decide if he’s just too far down the rabbit hole to back out.
From the author of How to Win at High School comes a wicked, irreverent story of rich kids gone amok that will leave readers at the edge of their seats.
Matthews (How to Win at High School) again takes on the Breaking Bad like descent of a once-innocent, rule-following teen. Eric Connelly is fed up with his boring life, with being closeted about his sexuality, and with listening to his senator father drone on about his future. A chance meeting with the wealthy, handsome Jordan provokes dizzying romantic fantasies, and soon Eric is partying hard and missing work to spend time with Jordan's privileged crowd, which calls itself the "Suicide Pack." Soon they are doing more than partying: they destroy priceless art and move on to felony theft and bomb-making, all in the name of "fixing" what's wrong with their town. As Eric's romantic hopes turn into reality, he sheds his hesitations around this escalating crime spree. Matthews's cheeky, third-person, prose-poem style fuels the surreal feel of this larger-than-life story. Plot- and character-wise, Matthews is retreading his previous book somewhat, including a tendency to speak conspiratorially to readers, but those who enjoyed Adam's story in How to Win at High School should have just as much fun with this wild ride, too. Ages 14 up. Agency: Donald Maass Literary.
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A fast-paced, entertaining read!
THE FIXES by Owen Matthews is a fast-paced, entertaining read, full of lots of twists and turns. We follow the story of Eric (or “E”)—son of a senator and the ultimate smart goody-two-shoes. He meets Jordan who is pretty much his complete opposite and gets drawn into a group called the “Suicide Pack.” This is a group of rich, bored kids who are trying to seek vengeance on their town for whatever they’ve deemed as wrong or shallow. What starts out as relatively harmless pranks and teenage rebellion, quickly escalates into something much darker.
This could have been one of those books that makes you roll your eyes (we all saw what a fail “The Bling Ring” turned out to be). But Matthews is a talented writer, with a great sense of humor. He never lets you take this book too seriously. His writing is sharp—very tongue-and-cheek. I love the way E breaks the fourth wall to wink at the audience every so often.
Overall, an incredibly quick and fun read!
Note: I received a FREE ARC (advanced reader copy) from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.