Saturday, October 24, 2015

Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Fixer
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Year Published: 2015

Genre: Young Adult fiction
Pages: 384
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2015 Google Reading map)USA (Washington, DC)

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my daughter

Summary (from the inside flap of the book):
 When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 "fixer," known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister's footsteps and becomes D.C.'s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life...until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy's. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay. 

Review: I read another of Jennifer Lynn Barnes' books a long time ago: Tattoo and liked it even though it was a bit paranormal, which is not my usual thing. My daughter bought this book last week and liked it so much she asked me to read it so she would have someone to talk with about it. So I did and I really enjoyed it! I kept thinking it was going to have a paranormal element since her other books do, but it doesn't.

The Fixer is someone who fixes problems. She makes them go away. Disappear. And usually at a great cost to someone else. Ivy is a fixer in Washington, DC so she fixes things for people who have a lot of power. Tess is her sister and the main character. I like Tess since she is a strong female teenager who doesn't need people to take care of her. However, she isn't just tough all the time, we also get to know about her and her relationship to Ivy and the rest of the family. Even Alzheimer's has a role in this book and it is well portrayed.

This book has a bunch of elements that I enjoy in a book: politics; intrigue; a mystery; good family stuff; money; and power. And it didn't feel the need to give Tess a love interest! Amazing! And so refreshing. I read this book in 2 days, which shows how much I liked it.

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