Fix by Force
Spencer is entering senior year in high school. A loner, an outcast, and an athlete, he never quite fits in...no matter how hard he tries. He's always searching for ways to fix himself. And Zach--who is everything that Spencer wishes he could be--especially has it in for him, Spencer has one goal his senior year: lay low and graduate.
Yeah, like *that's* gonna happen!
Rating: 4 Stars
This cover is so right for this story.
This book is not an action-packed, on-the-edge-of-your-seat action thriller. It's an introspective look at a bullied loner's downward spiral into aggression and addiction. It highlights the lengths some kids will go to to fix themselves so that they can fit in with the crowd.
This story takes an in-depth look at how one teenager, Spencer, views his life, his family, and himself. He carries the emotional baggage from childhood through adolescence, seeing only what he thinks everyone else must see. No matter how hard he tries to fix himself, the image in the mirror never changes. It takes a series of traumatic events before Spencer can shatter that image and see what's been reflecting back at him all along.
I did sense a little author intrusion toward the end, a 'this is a life lesson' kind of thing, but that by no means detracts from the over-all story. This is a pretty dynamic read, and one that I recommend to readers of all agges.