Fix by Force

Fix by Force

by Jason Warne

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ISBN-13: 9781449739386
Publisher: Westbow Press
Publication date: 03/23/2012
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

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Fix by Force 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Knock it out of the ballpark! I loved this book more than I can tell you. Talk about drama and emotions running wild. Spencer is one confused teenager who is living with his mother while she is off on some emotional trip herself. While he thinks he has her all figured out, she isn’t all he thought she was. Then there is his father, the person Spencer thought he knew but in reality, did he really know him? When it all comes down to the truth of his real life, Spencer life was not the “massive screenplay with a role for everyone” that he thought it was. Spencer tried to blend in at school but the actions of this family made him center stage and he was bullied at school. It was as though, some eyes were covered and no adults wanted to confront the actions which I think helped Spencer become the person he became in the book. The emotions were so real and powerful and I cringed at some of Spencer’s actions. I felt his struggle and his attempt to be someone. His attempt to not fall between the cracks, his attempts to finally hold his head up, his attempts to be noticed for something, his attempts to be noticed period. What a powerful story. Yes, he took the easy way, but it was the only escape route he saw at that moment and he needed to escape now- he was desperate. In the end, he lived. I mean he really learned what it means to live.
BipolarFaerie More than 1 year ago
"Not everything that is broken can be fixed." That is one of my favourite lines in the book and a really important statement when it comes to Spencer's 17-year old life. Spencer finds himself on the receiving end of a great deal of emotional abuse and physical bullying. When his mother tells him he growing up to be just like his dad, she doesn't mean it as a compliment. In fact, she's quite bitter, abrasive and basically emotionally unavailable to Spencer as a mother ~ she has her own demons to battle. And then there's this kid at school, Zach, who wants only to hurt, intimidate and embarrass Spencer at school in any way he can. This book is about self-image as much as it's about abuse. Spencer sees a worthless nobody when he looks at his reflection in the mirror. He feels broken and so, tries to fix his brokenness with steroids, which give him "the power of hope." Spencer feels a certain distrust and resentment for all those around him. How could anyone feel the depth of pain that he does, in his life? How could anyone really understand? He's the victim, after all, isn't he? It's not his fault. No, it never is. It's everyone else around him. He may be messed up, but for very good reasons. What excuse did others have? And so he trudges through his daily existence. Hanging onto the false hope the steroids give him. Feeling like he just could not garner the strength to live his life without them. That is the crux of addiction ~ the addict feeling completely powerless against their drug of choice, that elixir of hope and strength. Only the addict has got it all wrong. That very elixir which s/he views as reparative is indeed destructive. To me this book emphasized one very important thing ~ the notion of taking responsibility for one's own actions and choices. This is something an addict has trouble with ... this is something Spencer has trouble with until he learns a very important lesson. I read this book in one sitting, simply could not put it down. The characters were so well developed, they seemed to walk of the pages and speak to me ... seriously, I could hear them talking inside my head. I love character-driven stories, and this is certainly a character-driven story. My heart broke, for each flaw I saw in Spencer's thought process which I suspected would inevitably lead to a sad outcome. I could identify with the characters. But most importantly, I cared about the characters. Jason Warne's writing is masterful. This is a well executed story with a strong plot structure and really strong characters. It's a fabulous and very intense read. You won't be able to put it down. I highly recommend it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Laura Carter for Readers Favorite Spencer Shane’s life is pretty bad, his dad is dead, his mum is addicted to drugs, and he is bullied by the boy whose mum was killed in the drink-driving incident his dad caused. All he wants to do is be invisible to his class mates and graduate high school, but the bullying is getting worse and after taking some stuff of his dad's to school he finds himself being suspended for possession of steroids on school property. After being moved to a school for those who have been expelled, Spencer decides he is fed up of being weak, he wants to be strong and respected and he thinks he may have found a quick fix answer. Steroids. "Fix by Force" is very well-written and almost poetic at times. I found the writing very beautiful and some quotes will stick in my mind for a very long time. It teaches us that life isn’t perfect, we all make mistakes, and there isn’t some magical instant cure for all our problems. It tackles the horror of drug abuse head on, in this case steroids, but the lessons learned by the main character can be applied to many situations faced by teenagers. Due to the drug use and violence in this book I would recommend it for 12+ only. This book is a great read for teenagers but I also think it would be enjoyed by adults too.
Jibar on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I want to open this review with a quote from the actual book. This quote is from near the end of the book, and I don't think it spoilers, but beware anyhow:"Too many young writers waste time backspacing through mistakes and overanalyzing the appearance of the words they've written. A good story though, is just that, a GOOD STORY. It's often written hastily and driven by emotion. It compels the reader to continue, and makes him feel like part of the experience."Having said that: This book personifies that. I was pulled in right from the get-go and I loved every single page of it. Fix by Force starts with Spencer's daily activities, brutal bullying included. Physical bullying, which I have no experiences with, included. I do however have pretty extensive knowledge of mental bullying and it was expertly done in this book. I was about to write "written", but even though it is in fact written, it doesn't feel like that to the reader. It feels like one is looking directly into Spencer's head.Even though he is quite obviously wrong in most of his ways of thinking for a great part of the book, the reasoning made a lot of sense to me because I was able to think myself into the character. All the characters - even the minor ones - were build very well and I think we all know people who are maybe a bit like Zack or Tay. I remember someone saying that he couldn't understand why victims of bullying are jealous of their bullies. I was always jealous of the girl who bullied me in school, down to every fiber of my body. And I also hate her a lot, still. So that's why I - in my situation - would not have reacted the same way that Spencer did in the end.But you know what? It made so much sense for Spencer. Everything he had become and everything he didn't want to be made the ending so perfect. I can recommend this book to teens and adults alike. It doesn't downplay the abuse of steroids in any way, as many books do in my opinion, and it also shows that while you may think that you are lost and are not worth anything the way you are right now, that you are always wrong. Always. Because there is going to be someone in your life that values you a lot. So read this book, it's very great. In my opinion, very much on parr with books like If I Stay, or even Forbidden - though not in the obvious way. Fix by Force very much deals with emotional as well as environmental issues of teens these days and I love how it is done!
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
Fix by Force is a story of seventeen year old Spencer who bullied by classmates, neglected by his mother, and haunted by the death of his father. After his expulsion from his high school, he is forced to attend an alternative high school where he tries to fix himself through abusing steroids. He learns how our choices affect not only us, but the people around us. This story was difficult to read. Warne does an excellent job of describing the reality of high school life for many students who are bullied or singled out for being different or vulnerable. He adds an interesting dimension by clearly defining the reasons behind the bullying, making the bully a sympathetic character. The scenes of bullying are disturbing and the lack of intervention by teachers is frustrating, but probably realistic. Equally as disturbing is Spencer’s relationship with his mother. She is at best neglectful and at worse as abusive as the bully. It made me think about what real life is like for some students when they leave school. I had never read a fictionalized account of steroid use in teens before and I think Warne did an interesting take on motivation behind teen steroid use. Spencer doesn’t choose steroids to become a better athlete, but to gain respect. The description of him looking in the mirror and hating what he sees is painful to read. Overall, I think this is an excellent book. I would recommend it to teachers, students, parents, and school administrators.
KristinDowner More than 1 year ago
I was not sure I was going to like this book when I started. It didn't seem like the type of story I typically read. But having grown up in the same  small town, yet not really ever knowing Jason Warne, I decided to give it a chance. I found myself intrigued and drawn in. I wanted to know what Spencer would do next. I wanted to know if he was going to get in more trouble, get away from it, get hurt, die... I needed to know. Warne did an excellent job of drawing the customers in. There was a good balance between scenes of high intensity and anxiety and filler scenes that explained the story of the other characters and Spencer a bit more. Although there were a few grammatical errors (Not enough to matter), I still say this story is one people will love. Recommend read! Great job!
gypjet More than 1 year ago
This was a decent read. A good Young Adult book about a teenage boy and how he deals with his problems.  Spencer has a few issues. His former friend hates him because Spencer's dad killed his mom in a drunk driving accident. He has made it his life's work to torment Spencer for it. Spencer's mom has never recovered from losing her husband and spends her time lost in drug haze. She also constantly compares Spencer to his dad making him hate his dad's memory and himself even more. His life is destroyed when he finds his dad's secret steroid stash with a gun and makes the mistake of taking it to school. During the time he is at the school for expelled students, he travels down a dangerous path of steroid use and self loathing. It takes a good friend, and old secrets coming to light for him to heal and realize what life is really about. This is a basic teen issues type book, but is unique in showing steroid use. Spencer seems to think that being bigger and stronger will make him better and more formidable. Instead it makes him sick and angry. I did like how the author dealt with this, showing how Spencer in the typical teenage fashion of 'nothing can happen to me, I'm invincible' mindset ignores dangerous symptoms and actions as coming from the steroids. It's only when he gets some perspective that he realizes his selfish and self-centered self is wrong and he can fix his own problems. I think this will appeal to teenaged males (maybe girls too). The ending was a bit contrived and too predictable, I think it would have been better if the author had let Zach get some help. Spencer was a well-written and well rounded character who had angst and worked to change. He was also frustrating as the obnoxious self-centered teenager who was only interested in wallowing in his own problems, but that was pretty typical of the age.  Overall I found this book well-written, a quick read and a good teen issues book that would appeal o the YA crowd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very amazing book. Truly unique with its story line. Spencer is a teen living in a constant inner struggle to fit in. Coming from a broken home where he is constantly shadowed by his father's failures, he desperately seeks a way to prove he is not pathetic. Now for my candid opinion ^.^ : This book frustrated me at every page. If I could have I would have reached over and slapped this kid. Where was Jiminy Cricket when you need him. And the journals omg what was with the journals? What did he put on there that was so scary? Don't get me wrong its an awesome story, very dark and edgy. But it frustrated me to no end. I have never wanted to slap a fictional character this much. However aside from that it is a good book. Definitely a must read ^.^
lprather66 More than 1 year ago
"Fix by Force" is the emotional journey of a teenage boy who is trying to overcome his disturbing past and strive for a better future. Spencer,a seventeen year old, who has been the town pariah since his addict father killed a fellow student's mom. Spencer has to endure both physical and emotional abuse from his mother who constantly compares him to his father. This abuse extends to school where Zach,whose mother was killed by Spencer's father, has made his life a living hell. Spencer is overwhelmed by fear and depression. He is looking for a quick fix and thinks he finds one in steroids. Will steroids be the solution he is looking for or a path to destruction? The author was able to draw in me through his descriptive details and characters who continue to develop as the story unfolds. This is a moving story that I would highly recommend.
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book for review. What made me interested in this story was that it was written in a teenage boys POV, and it was about a different subject matter than I have read before. Spencer is from a family that he feels doesn't care for him. His dad was messed up and got drunk often, and killed himself and the mother of Spencer's classmate in a terrible car crash. His mom hasn't been the same since, and he feels she doesn't care for him. Zack, the one whose mother was killed, has given him a hard time ever since. Spencer blames all his troubles on them all. Then one day he makes a discovery in his basement of things his dad hid. With the suspicious help from Zack, he ends up getting expelled and sent to a New Start Program. Fed up with his life, Spencer decides to try out steroids. Of course he doesn't follow the recommendations for taking them, and makes his own rules, even reusing the same five needles. But he is so desperate to be bigger and stronger. Even when he starts having side effects he doesn't even seem to care. Then some hidden family secrets come out that makes him realize his life hasn't always been as bad as he has imagined it. Through these big surprises he realizes he can be a better person. With the help from his new friend Janelle, and his Uncle Howard, he is able to make some better decisions and choices for what he wants in life. And he learns empathy instead of always feeling bad for himself. I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. Then the middle had me wondering why I wanted to read this. But then by the end it had turned where it was really an enjoyable and informative read. I was happy with the choices Spencer finally made. And the story has a few surprises you don't see coming. I am glad I finished it, and highly recommend especially to teenage boys.
FindingJB More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. While the general nature/topic of the work isn't something I would naturally navigate too as my personal preference is epic fantasy, however, the book was a gift and out of love and respect for the giver I promised to read it. I was blown away. The general premise of the book is that Spencer, a young teenage guy, is going through an incredibly difficult season of life. With his world spinning wildly out of control and him being left feeling more and more powerless and defeated each day, Spencer finally turns to steroids to regain some power and control. The journey that Spencer, his friends and family go through together is heart-gripping, heart-breaking and heart-filling. Teens feeling powerless...you need to read this. Parents with young people who are struggling...you need to read this. Anyone feeling like they've lost hope and are defeated...you need to read this. Pastors, teachers, youth ministers, counselors, Boys & Girls Club workers/volunteers...you need to read this! Not only is the message of the book one of a realistic victory in the face of very real trials, but the writing craft of the work is superb. Each opening and ending to each chapter is like a perfect hook and cliff-hanger. Without ever leaving anyone left behind in an unnecessary sea of verbal grandstanding, Warne's descriptions, word choices, images, metaphors and dialogue are all incredible. It is unbelievable to read this book and think it a first work. If anything, the book will leave you convinced that Jason Warne has an incredible gift for the written word, a unique perspective on daily events and a deep mind for exploring the deep issues that plague so many of us each day. The characters are real and raw. Plot twists and cliffhangers are in perfect balance with a story that arrives at just enough resolution to renew hope but leaves the true ending of the story open for exploration and speculation. Get this book!
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Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
A scary and emotional journey from page one to the last! Fix by Force is a YA realistic fiction written by Jason Warne. The Review: Everyone has told him from the time he was little that he was just like his father. Spencer is your typical high school teen. He barely makes the grade, he plays back up in football, he doesn't have any friends, he's average looking and he's bullied. He's unremarkable in every way. Except one. He's a survivor. I don't even think he saw himself that way, but I did. He has survived the accidental death of his alcoholic druggie father, a household lacking in emotional support, love or even basic caretaking from his mother and he's survived being cruelly bullied for over eight years. With the discovery of some mysterious bottles filled with an unknown liquid, a gun and a photo album left in the basement by his father, Spencer is in for the fight of his life as these effects take him down a dark journey of self discovery and unwanted destiny fulfillment. I liked this story. It was the basics of life laid out bare for everyone to read. Spencer's life was a torturous lesson from the moment the book started to the very last page. I felt so bad for him in every way. It was one emotional turmoil after another for that kid and there was hardly a bright spot through it all. And although he almost gives up, he pushes through. That's what I took from this story. That if you push through all the crap, you might just come out the other side a stronger person. The Wrap Up: The writing was great, the story was emotional and the theme was insightful and something we all need to take a closer look at, both young and old. It was hard for me to get through this book but not because it was a bad read. It was so raw and realistic it was difficult to read knowing this happens all the time to kids, adults and in between. Drug addiction, bullies, prejudice and disease. Life is hard and cruel sometimes and rarely give you a second chance. This book points that out in descriptive detail but that's why I loved it so much. It was real. It was fact and it was a hard lesson learned. NOTE:: I read this as a R2R with We ♥ YA Books! with Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.
bobbles2034 More than 1 year ago
Wow, after just finishing this story, I'm speechless. This book played with my emotions so bad that I had to keep flipping through the pages. It was so sad and moving and dark that I'm not sure how to even describe this book, other then i enjoyed it tremendously. The pages are filled with emotion from start to finish, and a few sections made me tear up.....wow. The story follows a 17 year old boy, Spencer, who's father killed the mother of guy he goes to school with (Zack) after drunk driving when Spencer was young. Zack for 8 years following bullies and torments Spencer day after day and a few times beats him up so bad he endures substantial injuries. While this happens at school, Spencer endures an unhappy home life as well, drowning him in misery at every turn. Eventually, Spencer turns to using steroids to give himself immediate change in an attempt to quickly change his appearance so that he will be feared and no longer bullied. Fixed by Force, follows Spencer on emotional journey through his life and his battles with not only steroids but his family, enemies, and the darkness and resentment that lives within him.
DaleCT More than 1 year ago
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! 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.
JenniferRenee More than 1 year ago
Fix by Force is a very well-written book, and it's very realistic. This is not normally the type of young adult novel I enjoy reading, so it wasn't a quick read for me. I found the main character--Spencer--a bit frustrating at times, but I did feel his situation warranted his sulking and irritation. At times, I felt like if one more bad thing happened to Spencer I might scream, but Warne knows how to make his characters suffer. I would recommend this book to readers who prefer to read young adult real life fiction and situations that deal with overcoming drug use, bullies, broken homes, and frustrated teenagers.
ELSACARRION More than 1 year ago
A story about a young man who is struggling with his life, not only his physical appearance but the mental abuse he is going threw. The first few chapters had me pulling my hair saying enough with the darn @ journal!!! Then I understood why it was so important. He tries so hard to ignore the bully but can’t seem to make him leave him alone. In a small town the only way to avoid him is to leave it which he is planning as soon as he graduates. His so called mother is no better she is full of her own ghosts that she can’t be a good mother for him. This is to much for a teenager to be going it should be his happiest year in school his senior year yet it is no different than the rest but much worse. I usually do not read stories like Fix by Force, which deals with bulling and steroid use in teens. I was close to giving up on finishing it in the beginning but glad I stuck in and finished it. It was a hard read for me but it opened up my eyes on the use of steroids. The author did his research on the subject and can be seen when Spencer searches for what he thinks will be his answer to fixing himself. The ending is full of emotions, I was happy, sad and glad. I don’t want put something that can be a spoiler so I’m stopping. Good read can’t say it was fast but very educational for me.
MargaretChatwin More than 1 year ago
After finishing Fix by Force, I’m just sitting here so full of raw and tangled emotions that I can’t even think rationally. This story has literally robbed me of all thought and left me with nothing but feelings. Why aren’t there more books out there with this kind of power? I think the reason this book touched me so much is because it focused on a subject that has always been near and dear to me. No, I was never bullied in school, like Spencer, but I’ve seen a lot of people that were. I watched them silently suffer. (This was many years before anyone would ever hear the phrase Columbine massacre – back when suffering in silence was the only option.) I’d watch these victims struggle daily, many of them trying so desperately to keep smiling through it all. What strength they really possessed. What courage to keep coming to school day after day. What power and self-restraint they held. I was always able to see inside these people. Feel their pain. I ached for them. It also put me in a terrible position. Did I stick up for them and risk being ridiculed as well? Sometimes I did, but I’m ashamed to say that there were more times when I did nothing. This book, Fix by Force, makes me wish I’d stood up more often. It makes me realize how important it is that victims of bullies know that not everyone thinks they are a loser and worthless. I never thought they were, but I seldom let them know what I really did see in them. I’m just really regretting that right now. When a person, or group of people, are directly in your face, telling you how horrible you are, it would be impossible to see all the other people out there that do not feel that same way about you. And it’s just not right, or fair, that so many victims destroy themselves, in one way or another, when there really are lots of people that do not feel like their bullies do about them. Among MANY other things, Fixed by Force illustrates that idea quite beautifully. Okay, now that I’ve got that out of my system, on to the book itself. I love the cover! It displays such vulnerability, yet such strength. Perfect! I have no tie whatsoever to the author and was not solicited to read this book. I simply found it on Goodreads, was drawn to it by the cover and after reading the description, bought the Ebook. I recommend everyone do the same. Jason Warne has done an excellent job bringing Spencer to life, making his story so believable and have it move quickly enough to avoid loss of interest. And – oh my gosh – so many of those chapter endings leave you with your heart in your throat. There were tons of little phrases throughout the book that had me stopping to write them down because they evoked so much. I loved the last line of the book!! I won’t give any spoilers, but Jason Warne is a writer after my own heart. I wished all my books could end with a punch like that. I hope Jason has something else in the works. Can’t wait to read more from him. I start dozens of books, but rarely find one I can finish. This one was easy.
srfeike More than 1 year ago
If I was could sum up this book in one word, it would be WOW (capitalized for effect). This is an incredibly powerful story chock full of emotion and drama. Spencer is a high school senior who feels insignificant and powerless. He comes from a dysfunctional family, including a verbally and occasionally physically abusive mother, and he is being bullied at school with no one to turn to for help. Spencer feels he is alone in the world with his pain, and his greatest fear is of turning into his much-hated father. Spencer realizes he needs to take action to turn his life around, but he is looking for a quick fix with immediate results, no matter the consequences. Spencer's character was nothing short of amazing. The way the author was able to portray Spencer's feelings of self-loathing, fear, and loneliness on the pages of this book made the story absolutely heart wrenching to read. We were able to get inside his head and were able to see his rationalizations for his actions, and even though he knew the consequences of the steroids and could see them being played out with a negative impact on his health and his friendships, he still thought what he was doing was okay because it would help him get noticed, be liked by other people, and ultimately be somebody. I loved that we were able to get to know Spencer pre-steroids and then were able to journey with him over the timeframe of the story, watching the consequences of his decisions play out and how those consequences, plus other external forces (family and friends), change his outlook on life as he eventually realizes that he may not be as alone in the world as he thought. The best kind of book is one that leaves you thinking about it long after you've read the last word. Fix by Force is that kind of book. Ultimately, I am going to recommend this book to everyone I know, as it is the kind of story that every parent and teen should read.
BSwanson More than 1 year ago
Fix by Force by Jason Warne is a contemporary young adult novel written from a first person, male point of view. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 Spencer is the son of the town’s worst citizen who allows himself to be viewed as a weak teen who can’t stand up for himself. Consequently, he doesn’t have any friends. He chooses the easy way to fix his problems – steroids. If I were to recommend this book, it might be for teen boys. However, the subject matter is not to be taken lightly. The detail to the layout of the weight room, actual weights used for benching, etc. are details which most girls wouldn’t appreciate or understand. I wanted to enjoy this book, but found it hard to relate to Spencer’s attitude towards life. It is my opinion that there is so much more beyond the opinions of others in high school! Because this is a book review, I must mention that the slang, though typical of high schoolers, wasn't enjoyable to read, as well as the occasional swear word. This was quite a bit more loose in the area of profanity than most of Thomas Nelson’s books.
Erica46 More than 1 year ago
Well written book that evoked a range of emotions in me and I could not put it down. The writing is detailed and draws you into the lives of the characters so that you care what happens to them. This is a book that all teens should read and adults will love as well. Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jason warne is truly an incredible writer he keeps you captivated with his storytelling. There are so many of life's lessons to be learned from this one small book. This book should be on every bookshelf in america for every parent and child to read. A great book and would highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fix by Force encourages everyone that when times get difficult and you want a quick change that those quick changes can have life altering consequences. No matter how desperate we are as individuals the easy way out is not always the best thing for us.
picnerd More than 1 year ago
Fix by Force is a story of a young man, Spencer Shane, who has a decidedly rough life. His mom is a drug addict, his dad died drunk in a car accident that took the life of a friend's mother, and that childhood friend blames Spencer for it. Everyone at school picks on him, the teachers don't care, and he doesn't have any friends anymore. His only other relative, his uncle, became distant when Spencer's dad, his brother, died. All Spencer wants to do is graduate High School and leave that small town forever, and the only way he can do that is to find a way to lay low his Senior year and not be noticed. That plan doesn't work however, and he finds himself in a 'school for the expelled,' where he turns to steroids as a way to 'fix' himself. But he comes to learn that drugs don't fix problems; they only create more problems. Through a series of events and new friendships, he finally comes to a realization that no one's life is perfect and his doesn't really need 'fixing.' Jason Warne does a great job of building up sympathy for the main character, Spencer Shane, and it truly does seem that the world is against him. The book could have easily been one of Spencer's journals, as it is written in the first person narrative. Seeing the world through Spencer's eyes really opened mine to the pain and hurt I know is going on in the town where I live. One of the things that Spencer learned toward the end of the book is that pain distorts how we perceive reality. That lesson, among others, will stick with me for a long time. Just because we think we know something about our circumstances doesn't mean that it's entirely true. All in all, I'd recommend this book. It's a gritty story, but in my opinion, that only adds to the validity of what is being represented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. I particularly enjoy the cover image as well. Seems to hit home. Pick it up today - you won't be disappointed!