Friday, September 25, 2015

Teen Review: The Fixer again

I promised that after my review of The Fixer, I would publish Patrick's when he also finished the book, so here it is!

The Fixer
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
384 pages
YA thriller
First in a series

8th grade and up

Reviewed by Patrick Castro, grade 12

Wow. Just wow. I loved everything in Barnes's new book The Fixer, from its strong heroine to a suspenseful story line set in scandalous Washington, D.C.; it was perfect! I've read a couple of Barnes's other books, but The Fixer tops them all, and is possibly one of my favorite reads of 2015 so far!

The Fixer begins as Tess Kendrick's life is turned in a whole different direction when her sister, Ivy Kendrick, takes her away from her grandfather. Tess's relationship with her grandfather has been strong ever since the death of her parents. Ivy then whisks her away into the political, social bubble of D.C., where she is enrolled in Hardwicke Academy, the school for all the rich and powerful elite children. But Tess knows something is up, and she begins question who her sister really is and the power she hold in D.C. as "the fixer." I absolutely loved Tess--she was smart and sassy, and knew what she had to do. She was the type of person you know would do anything to undercover a mystery, and Barnes wrote her well. All the other characters, such as Ivy, Adam, Vivie, were great, each with their own struggles that brought the novel together. I honestly felt sooo sad for Vivie, especially the things she goes through, that was brutal!

Action and suspense are bread and butter to the novel. I loved the suspense after each chapter: Barnes always leaves you hanging, making you want to read more and more. Tess learns so much more about her family, herself, and the world she is now part of. I did feel sad for her, but she is a tough character and she fought through. Another aspect I loved was the whole Scandal vibes I got from this! I felt like I saw Ivy as Olivia Pope and it oozed Scandal. If you have not picked up that TV show, it is a must-watch!

Overall, I LOVED The Fixer, a perfect balance of romance, action, scandal, and drama. Perfect for any reader looking for a great suspenseful, scandalous novel, YOU NEED TO PICK THIS ONE UP!

Editor's note: It looks like we essentially agreed on this one!

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