Book Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

22929578Title and Author: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Fixer #1

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller 

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: 7th July 2015

Ratings: download

Summary: 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.

Review: After being swamped by my university books for so long, I finally had time for leisure reading and I’m glad I chose this because I was sucked into the world created by Jennifer Barnes from page one.

“You’re telling me that my sister is a professional problem solver?” I asked tightly. “She just goes around, solving other people’s problems? How is that even an occupation?”
“Supply and demand?” Vivvie suggested. “Around here, we call them fixers.”

The Fixer tell us the story of Tess Kendrick who after living a quite life at her grandfather’s ranch is left with no choice but to move to D.C with her sister Ivy who she hasn’t seen or spoken to in three years. In DC, Ivy works as a professional problem solver for important political figures and when Tess joins Hardwicke, an elite school for the children of the rich and powerful, she soon realizes that the same is expected of her as well. Tess is an absolute badass. Shes strong, independent, incredibly smart and has a zero tolerance for bullying. She doesn’t intend to become a fixer but it soon becomes apparent that problem solving runs in the veins of the Kendrick sisters.

“Go away, Asher.”
“You say go away, I hear be my bosom buddy.”

Apart from Tess, even the other characters are very well rounded. Each and every character had an important part to play in shaping of the story and what I liked most was that all the characters had very different personalities. Tess’ group of friends included Vivie, who she becomes instant friends with at the very beginning, Asher, a troublemaker who seems to be everyone’s best friend, Emelia, Asher’s smart and resourceful twin and Henry, who doesn’t seem to like the Kendrick sisters very much.

The plot was absolutely terrific and intriguing!  Although it was a political thriller, a large theme of the book was centered around family and the relationship between Tess and Ivy. There were certain twist and turns that which would come as a shocker but unfortunately, I had already been suspecting them way before they were revealed. However, I’m sure I would have been completely blown away if i hadn’t been paying attention to little details. Another thing that I quite appreciated was the lack of romance. I like how the author felt that there was no need to throw romance into the mix as the mystery in itself was very engaging.

Final thoughts: The Fixer is an absolute page-turner. I really did enjoy reading it and I am definitely looking forward to book two!


Book Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill


Title and Author: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Series: No, its a Standalone

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Published: 13th November 2012

Ratings: download (1)

Summary: A girl with it all planned out discovers a romance she never expected in this funny debut about a class trip to London that says you’ll love “if you’re into swoony romances with a little bit of history thrown in.” 

This spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love. Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.


“Why does everyone think a girl who prefers books to people must be in want of a life? ”

I have never disliked a character as much as I disliked Julia who happens to be the protagonist. So this book and I were a no go from the very beginning and yet I somehow read through it because I don’t like leaving books unfinished.

Julia was irritating, judgmental, shallow and at times she said such mean things and didn’t even have the decency to apologize. She makes no effort in making friends either and that’s because she thinks she is waaay better than everybody else. She’s in love with a boy who she’s had a crush on for years and believes him to be her MTB i.e Meant to be but the thing is, she has NEVER even spoken to him so on what basis did she come to this conclusion anyway! When you pick up a book, you’re supposed to at least understand the character if not like them but the whole time I was reading this book, all I wanted was to punch her in the face. Infact, the entire book is filled with exasperating characters.

The main love interest, Jason, is a complete jackass. He is supposed to be the class clown but everything he did was really immature and annoying. He nicknames Julia ‘book-licker’ and uses the term one too many times. Moreover, he spends most of his time trying to humiliate her and Julia just takes his crap. On top of all that, he behaves like he’s 8 years old. These people are supposed to be 17 year olds so behave like it!!! There was nothing about Jason that appealed to me and there was no chemistry between the two except in this one scene when its raining and that’s because rain makes everything more romantic.

Final thoughts: This book had the potential to be really good. Despite the lame ass characters that ruined it for me, the book was quite funny and I did like the ending because I wasn’t really expecting it. However, lets just say that this book and I were just not Meant to Be.