Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

June 9, 2015 Book Review, Young Adult 11 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from ARC Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The FixerThe Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Fixer #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on July 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: ARC Tour
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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.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for more in this exciting new series.

I must admit, my initial interest in The Fixer had a lot to do with my love for the tv show, Scandal. Who can’t resist a good scandal from the most upstanding people in the country, right?

Tessa is a strong-willed and independent girl. She’s had to be. Her parents died when she was very young and feeling abandoned by her much older sister, she only had her Grandpa with Alzheimer’s, a fact she worked hard to keep secret. But alas, it was exposed and she was whisked away against her will to Washington D.C. to live with a sister she barely knew, and she immediately finds her life turned upside down. You see, her sister is a fixer, a professional problem solver. And when Tessa finds herself right in the middle of a huge scandal, it seems the talents run in the family.

The characters were pretty awesome and not what I expected. Of course Tessa had that fiesty, non-nonsense personality. I like that type, the kind that doesn’t put up with nothing from no one. The ones who are determined to push people away which makes those they do let in even more special. Her new friend, Vivvie, well she surprised me. She came off like a quiet little mouse but the girl was extremely courageous and honest. Asher is a troublemaking smartass with sarcasm and wit. So of course I instantly loved him. He offered a bit of comic relief. And I must admit I was kind of hoping Tessa would fall for him too. There really wasn’t a place for romance in this first installment of the series, but one can hope for future books that it may surface! And Henry is… set in his own ways but a good person at heart. Tessa really had no intentions of finding roots in her new city and making friends, but these people grow on her and they depended on each other to help figure out the conspiracy that fell onto their laps, one they each had a personal stake in.

The whole mysterious scandal left to solve was a little complex but oh so exciting. There were lots of little layers to peel back and I admittedly was worried this story would focus too much on Tessa playing with the big dogs and figuring it all out herself, like she was some sort of prodigy. Sometimes believability is a huge issue for me in these type of novels. But that was not the case here at all. She was a huge part of the investigating, doing a lot of figuring things out and taking big risks, but her friends were also very involved, as was her sister. If that wasn’t exciting enough, there were extra pieces of Tessa’s life that were like a puzzle to solve. SO MANY surprises were thrown at me and I did not guess them all in the slightest. It kept the story exciting and the entertainment flowing!

I am so happy for this new series! For the next adventure and scandal that needs fixing! This is definitely one to read so make sure you order yourself a copy, ASAP!


About Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.

Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She’ll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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