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The Fixes: A Novel by Owen Matthews
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The Fixes: A Novel

by Owen Matthews

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The Fixes was like Heathers in novel form, with the same tone: very fun, black comedy, and I really enjoyed it. Eric gets sucked into a group called the Suicide Pack, which aims to right the wrongs within a town filled with rich, privileged kids. The problem? This is usually done through crime, and even though Eric buys into the glamour (and the group leader, Jordan's affections) things go horribly wrong.

So this was a blast to read and it was very short, despite the page count being long - most of the chapters were one page, and a lot were only a couple lines long, so it was fun to just tear through. I think it really fits the tone of the book as well. I liked the characters, especially the Suicide Pack, who were all mostly pretty complex and well-realized characters. Jordan especially - you don't see how dangerous he is until it's too late, and he's definitely written as a Typical Love Interest and ensnares readers as well as Eric.

Another thing I'm glad about is that this gives Eric consequences for what he did, unlike Heathers, because they really did get up into some terrible shit. It was fun though. Accidental murder is always an interesting thing to read about. ( )
  jwmchen | Nov 4, 2017 |
Eric is driven and trying to achieve the perfect "Connelly Man" standards. When he meets Jordan, he is smitten. He joins Jordan and two other girls from school in a group called the Suicide Pack. Unbelievably privileged, the group come up with fixes to right the wrongs they perceive in their community. These fixes get bigger and bigger and increasingly dangerous and illegal. When Eric realizes how far Jordan is willing to go, he has to make some decisions about where he'll draw the line and what he'll do to stop the boy he's fallen for.
The book is written in short chapters and the pace of the action moves. Asides in parentheses pepper the text and the narrator (along with the reader) can see that tragedy is ahead for many of the characters.
An enjoyable read with a lot of edge. ( )
  ewyatt | Jul 9, 2016 |
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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.

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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 by cruising their beachside hometown of Capilano. But as Jordan seduces E further into this depraved life, 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 big--can E help him build a bomb, he wonders?--E must decide if he's too far down the rabbit hole to back out now.… (more)

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