9 Aug 2016

#Review: THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynne Barnes


Author: Jennifer Lynne Barnes
Series: The Fixer #1
Source: Purchased from BookOutlet
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars

This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather's ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess's classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.

I had it in my mind that this was a Science Fiction novel for some reason before I started reading it. But it's actually a political thriller novel which is like 100% my thing so I was VERY excited once I got into it! It has a similar premise to the TV show Scandal (which I've never watched) and there are a lot of twists and turns and a great (open) ending for the sequel to step right in.

I liked a lot about this one, ESPECIALLY that there was no romantic subplot!!!, and don't have any real complaints about the characters or the setting. I thought that the plot was intriguing and well thought out but it seemed a little idk out of the blue with who the person behind it all (well almost all) was because I felt like there weren't a lot of hints leading toward it. It does give you some rereadability though because maybe I just missed some? Although Tess outlines them and I was like "okay that's a pretty big leap"

I was also disappointed that more didn't come of Tess being a "fixer" at her school? It seemed like that was going to play a big role and then it was like two scenes and I was like okay. I was really hoping to see more of it because I wanted to see how she mirrored Ivy in that regard. And also how she differed. Ivy was very secretive, Tess was very open about what she found. So I think it would have been neato to see the two of them doing the same thing but with different endgames in mind.

Overall I thought it was really interesting. I liked the intrigue and the mystery with the political backdrop. It gave this book some colour and character that otherwise wouldn't be there. I am definitely going to pick up the sequel!


  1. Oh, good review! Yeah, I look at the cover and immediately think sci-fi. I don't know why that is...
    Love yew!

  2. The cover does have kind of sci-fi-y colouring! I had a lot of fun reading this one, I'm really looking forward to whenever I get to read the sequel. (Apparently that's the last planned book, so I'm curious to see how it all wraps up!)

  3. I love The Fixer books! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I really hope there'll be a third books someday. :)


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