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Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. The Fixer.

5Q * 5P * S * NA

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. The Fixer. Bloomsbury, 2015. 384p. $17.99. 978-1-61963-594-4.

Barnes delivers a fast-paced thriller that is destined to become a hit with older teens and may easily be made into a series (or a film). When her grandfather loses his memory to Alzheimer's, Tess Kendrick must leave her ranch in Montana to live in Washington, D.C., with her older sister, Ivy, whose mysterious career "fixing" political scandals and influencing the outcome of elections and administrations is reminiscent of televisions House of Cards or Scandal. Tess is enrolled in prestigious Hardwicke Academy, a microcosm of Washington itself. The students at the school are the children of the powerful. Tess becomes something of a fixer herself within the school and, ultimately, in the political arena so skillfully manipulated by her sister. The sleuthing involved brings collaboration among some of the other students whose families are affected by the chain of events.

Teen friendships, rivalries, bullying, and romance are all contained within the plot as the main event unfolds. Danger, loyalty, the impact of Alzheimer's disease, and the role of family are all characters along with the very skillfully drawn people in the story. This book is riveting. The last plot twist is somewhat predictable yet satisfying emotionally. Teens will enjoy the story as the 2016 elections draw near. Who are the fixers for their generation? This is recommended for all public and high school libraries. --Jane Murphy.

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Author:Murphy, Jane
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Aug 1, 2015
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