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The Fixes
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The Fixes
A Novel
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,...
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,...
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  • 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.

About the Author-

  • Owen Matthews was raised on rap music and violent video games. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia's creative writing program, has worked on fishing boats and in casinos all over the world, and currently writes critically acclaimed crime thrillers under a secret identity. A fan of fast cars and sugary breakfast cereals, Matthews lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 30, 2016
    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.

  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2016
    Capilano High School student Eric Connelly finds that first love can have explosive consequences. Eric is supposed to become a Connelly Man like his father, Sen. Donovan Connelly, by following the Plan: take a summer internship in a law firm, attend Stanford, build a career in corporate law, have a fine family, and run for office. He must "LIVE UP TO HIS POTENTIAL," "MEET EXPECTATIONS," and never, ever, "TARNISH THE FAMILY NAME." The problem is that "Connelly Men do not hook up with guys," and Eric has a crush on Jordan Grant, a rich, handsome, "one-way ticket to nowhere." With Eric and a couple of girls, Jordan forms the Suicide Pack, and the four white students embark on a series of "fixes," supposedly to fight the corruption and hypocrisy of their town. But it's a descent into chaos--trashing offices, shoplifting, stealing cars, making bombs, and committing murder. The third-person omniscient narrator never lets the reader forget that Eric is a Connelly Man, even as Eric is anything but, though Eric's training does, perhaps, allow for "Redemption. (Kind of.)" Matthews' stylized, telegraphic prose style of short words, short sentences, and frequent, short (even one-word) chapters comes in handy as the story gathers momentum for a riveting final fifth, as Eric must find a way to stop the escalating violence. A fast-moving tale of obsession and redemption. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2016

    Gr 10 Up-Eric Connelly has summer all planned out-thanks to his dad's strict standards of what it means to be a "Connelly Man." This includes reading ahead for college classes and interning at a local law firm. Eric's grandfather was mayor, his father was a senator, and that leaves Eric to be president. Then he meets Jordan. When they join up with two fellow classmates, trouble ensues. Eric has discovered that he likes boys, not girls, but "Connelly men don't like boys." And then he finds out that his dad the senator once committed a hate crime against a gay person with his fellow fraternity brothers. Jordan's multimillionaire parents are never around and are not interested in what he is doing. What begins as mostly harmless pranks (shoplifting sprees, stolen cars) quickly spirals out of control. And when Jordan figures out how to make a bomb, things get serious. In the end, Eric must decide what is right. The author slowly builds tension and introduces background information to keep the pages turning. This is a modern-day read with a lot of slang and teen-speak. Teens will not put this one down. VERDICT Reminiscent of John Green's Paper Towns, this title has a much darker twist. Recommended purchase for mature readers.-Deanna McDaniel, Genoa Middle School, OH

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publishers Weekly "Matthews again takes on the Breaking Bad-like descent of a once-innocent, rule-following teen. [His] cheeky, third-person, prose-poem style fuels the surreal feel of this larger-than-life story... A wild ride."
  • School Library Journal "Teens will not put this one down. Reminiscent of John Green's Paper Towns, this title has a much darker twist."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "The tone is sly and enjoyably cynical, drenched in world-weary hipster-speak and updated from Holden Caulfield... In the end, it offers a compelling caution for smart, angry teens to beware the charismatic psychopath who may look and sound just like them."
  • Publishers Weekly "The funny, unforgiving narration will have readers glued to this story."
  • School Library Journal "Matthews's debut YA novel has a fast plot with gritty content and dialogue that will appeal to teens."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "Short, intense chapters, some of which read like poetry, capture snapshots that lend a visceral immediacy to the action."

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