Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Fixer (The Fixer #1)
Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Children's, 384 pages
Expected Publication Date:  July 7, 2015
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley

From Goodreads:
When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister's footsteps and becomes D.C.'s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy's. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.

The Fixer was a fun and entertaining read.  Think Scandal for teenagers.  Although the synopsis makes it sound like Tess starts solving problems for teens at her school, like Veronica Mars, there's basically one incident that happens early on and then the focus shifts to a specific mystery that Tess becomes involved in.  

I loved the Washington politics aspect of it.  The President and First Lady, Supreme Court justices…and then you have the children of powerful people in school together.  What a great combination, I kept thinking this would make such a fascinating television show.  CW perhaps?  

However, I'm just not sure how realistic it was for Tess to be so savvy given she just moved to DC, she grew up on a farm in Montana, and she has no idea who any of the power players are in DC.  But if you just go with it, you'll enjoy it.  Also, as someone who enjoys some romance in books, there is absolutely none, and not even really a hint of one. There are two guys, but it doesn't even go there.  So hopefully in the future?

Compulsively readable, I couldn't put it down.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I thought this one was SO MUCH FUN (as you know) but yeah, not very realistic. I don't mind that there wasn't a romance but I know that will bug some people! It's funny because in her first series the romance was handled HORRIBLY so this is like the complete opposite (I almost wonder if the lack of romance is on purpose).

  2. As a fan of Scandal, I like the idea that this one is sort of similar. Although you mention it being compulsively readable--I feel like the story is going to have to be amazing, with zero romance. Great review, Pam. I'm definitely going to give this one some thought!