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Spencer doesn't have a choice.He can't choose to be different than what he is--the son of the town's worst enemy, the weakling who can't stand up for himself, the loser without friends.He can't change the way things are.Or maybe he can.Immediate confidence.Rapid change.Instant hope.These are the things Spencer believes he needs to fix his life, and that is what the ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published March 28th 2012 by Westbow Press
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Sheri
May 16, 2014 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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 muc
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jul 06, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review:

Cover: Perfect!
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: What a powerful message and a real life journey getting there
Characters: Solid
Plot: Story of how hard it is to beat the odds given the cards you’ve been dealt
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Spencer

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

This isn’t a romance story. This is a young adult coming of age type story told from the male POV. It’s gritty and it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s realism at its best. Th
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M.L. Woolley
May 04, 2012 M.L. Woolley rated it it was amazing
This book is well written and evoked a range of emotions in me. The writing is detailed and draws you infinite lives of the characters. I found myself hoping things would work out for them and could not put the book down. I will recommend it to teens and adults both. It is a must read!
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Dec 02, 2012 Alana ~ The Book Pimp rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alana ~ The Book Pimp by: Sheri
Wow. I sucked this down in one sitting. I received this eBook from the author via Making Connection's ARR Program in exchange for an unbiased review. I was floored. While I didn't cry, this book still hit me like a ton of bricks.

There is actually a quote from the book that best captures the essence of its core more eloquently than I ever could...

"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 fee
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Nicolas Wilson
Jul 22, 2013 Nicolas Wilson rated it liked it
This novel left me with a bit of a dilemma. It's extremely well written, and the characterizations are beautifully done. I enjoyed it a lot. But I wouldn't recommend it for the age level it's intended for, especially if you don't have time to read it, and discuss it with your kid. There were some thematic elements that emerged towards the end that were not ones I think would be healthy for a teenager, particularly a bullied teenager, to hear without a more thorough discussion.

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Birgit
Jan 24, 2013 Birgit rated it it was amazing
'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. A good story, even complete fiction, delivers a truth of some kind . . . even if it’s one that the reader isn’t comfortable with. That’s why this is such a good story, because it’s written for the reader; it’s written so he keeps reading. It’s written for truth, and that’s what he can understand. That’s what can be ...more
MaryAnn
Jan 23, 2013 MaryAnn rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc-drcs, ya
I wasn't sure what to expect when I read the description of this story, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The story revolves around a 16 yr old boy named Spencer. We learn early in the story that he hasn't had an easy life. Things happen within his family that are completely out of his control, but he stills feel responsible for the outcomes. It was a clear illustration of how it is easy to judge a group of people, like a family, by the characteristics of only one or two of the members of that gro
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Jennifer
May 20, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
At first glance Fix by Force is a classic bully-story filled with self-esteem issues, family life problems, and overwhelming emotion. But Jason Warne crafts the story in a way that really pulls you in, and before long you realize that you are Spencer. You are fighting against the temptation that is steroids, and you are trying to overcome labels and bullies. It's that truth that makes this fictional story so powerful. Maybe it's not steroids, maybe it's not bullies, but there is something that ...more
Shalini Ayre
May 18, 2012 Shalini Ayre rated it it was amazing
Seventeen year old Spencer feels alone and isolated. His father died eight years ago in a car collision, a collision which killed a woman. Burdened with that knowledge and living in a small town where his father is despised, Spencer can't help but feel weak.

His relationship with his mother is abusive and disintegrating fast and he has no friends. He looks at himself and sees a feeble and insubstantial image. Is he predestined to be become his father? A potent mixture of fear, self-loathing and l
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Kris
Jun 07, 2012 Kris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults and Adults
My journey with the main character, Spencer through this novel was an intense one. The emotions played out are riveting. Spencer is a young man lost, depression rules him. Losing faith in himself and hope which is completely understandable seeing as Spencer feels he can't turn to anyone or he will be bullied more. Which all of us can relate too. Teenage years are the hardest but to feel like the loser, is even harder. To hurt, almost desperate for someone to hold you, see you. Even when Spencer ...more
Martha
Jun 01, 2012 Martha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Thank you Jason Warne for letting me read your book.

'Fix by Force' was beyond extraordinary. You can read and sympathize with every emotion that Spencer felt. I felt as though I was Spencer. The emotions were there and in your face and you either sympathized or you empathized because many of us were Spencer in some way.

Spencer is that kid in high school who has the sucky parents and who gets picked on because of that. He feels his life is so bad he has to resort to drugs. But not just any drugs,
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Janie Johnson
Nov 17, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-challenge
First off, I received this book in exchange for an honest review. It has been a very long time since I have read such a poignant, intense and thought provoking story. It was an emotional roller coaster of a read, very powerful and engaging. I am glad I decided to pick it up and become lost in the pages.

In this story our main character Spenser who is 17, is fighting a lot of demons. This is his story and how he strives to overcomes those demons that haunt him everyday. Things like death, bullyin
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Sandy
Aug 20, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, nook, own, ya, fiction
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 ...more
Ryan
May 14, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing


Few story's this short can make such an emotional impact as "Fix by Force". Jason paints a vivid landscape of a character "Spencer"; who is neither hero or villain, but an average teenager. It is easy to become attached with Spencer because he represents so many aspects of who we are/were as an average teenager trying to find their niche.

This book doesn't sugarcoat what kids are forced to deal with and that situations just don't solve themselves with a happy ending. The writer displays situatio
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Jess
Apr 18, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing
I was super excited at the idea of reading this book, written by an old friend from what seems like forever ago! I was even more excited when I got into it and found myself relating to certain characters and really getting engrossed in the story! Spencer has some truly heartbreaking moments, I felt sad for him, was angry with him, and had quite a few happy "a-ha" moments with him! His journey to finding himself ,in spite of getting in his own way many times, was inspiring. :) Definitely a GOOD ...more
Laura Smith
Apr 08, 2012 Laura Smith rated it really liked it
I was completely drawn into Jason Warne's teen novel about self image and steroid abuse. His authentic characters and fast-paced plot full of unexpected twists kept me flipping the pages to find out what happened next. His story is not for the faint-hearted, but for those eager to see the truth of steroids revealed, and those open minded enough to see people for who they truly are, not for who we perceive them to be.
Jen Riopel
Apr 09, 2012 Jen Riopel rated it it was amazing
Easy read for teens and young adults. The book inspires true emotions everyone can relate to. The brilliant characters encourage you to find and accept yourself, while reminding us that choices are always present. A pleasing, authentic emotional roller coaster of a page turner. In fiction, there is truth. Well done, Jason!
Dana
Apr 12, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing
SO impressive! Very emotionally detailed. You are able to almost become the character; feel his emotions. All the background information is laid perfectly in place to make the rest of the story make complete sense! A must-read!!
Jill
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 personi
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Lyra Zapanta
Aug 05, 2012 Lyra Zapanta rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read for teens going through any kind of emotional problems and such.

Spencer comes from a not-so-good family. Okay. Scratch that. His dad is widely hated in the neighborhood, and it's not a surprise that the neighbors were very thankful when he finally died. His mother has not given him any support over school or anything at all. Okay. So technically, he's alone in this world. What's worse is that his best friend, Zach, was bullying him because of the death of his mother (whi
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Liz Ballif
May 19, 2012 Liz Ballif rated it did not like it
If you want a book teaching you how to get a hold of steroids and use them improperly while living the drama-filled life of a 15-year-old boy, this is the book for you.

Spencer Shane has had a horrific life. His dad was a jerk and an alcoholic. His mom was a hard-core drug user. Spencer was small, good at nothing, and picked on by the bullies. All his life he wanted to rewrite the script he was living. When he discovered a secret stash of steroids (that get him expelled, btw) at his house, he fin
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Noellie
May 23, 2012 Noellie rated it it was amazing
I stayed up until 2 o'clock in the morning to finish reading this book, that speaks for itself. Fix by Force was definitely enlightening about the psych of someone on steroids or considering steroids. Prior to reading this book I just assumed that the only people who took steroids egotistical meatheads, but Jason Warne's story told me otherwise.
Spencer has low self-esteem, feels disconnected and hates being compared to his father, the town's enemy.
What I really liked about this book was how it
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Tami
Jan 24, 2013 Tami rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author for free in return for an honest review. I do not know the author personally.

I can’t say that I loved this book in the way that I would ordinarily describe how much I enjoyed a story. Love is just not the right word to use. This doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the book - I did, immensely, it just hasn't left me with an upbeat feeling on finishing it. Having said that, Fix by Force is an amazing story that I am very glad to have read.

Told from the perspe
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Dale Ibitz
Jul 23, 2012 Dale Ibitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 introsp
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Cori
Jan 25, 2013 Cori rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I went into Fix by Force thinking, hey, its less than 200 pages, this should be quick.  However, I found this was not so.  The pace was incredibly slow as it follwed Spencer's thoughts and feelings. Spencer's veiw of his own body is similar to that of books that have characters with eating disorders in them and while this view is predominantly female in the books I've read, it was interesting to see the male perspective.  I found Spencer's perspective over all realistic.  Our feelings and ...more
Leigh
Jun 02, 2014 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, reviewed, favorites
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 overwhelme
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Bonnie
May 15, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through goodread's giveaway and so thankful that I did. This little novel surprised me; Jason Warne did a fantastic job. The story was interesting and kept me turning the pages. Fix by Force is a story we can all relate to in one way or the other. Kids are cruel, life is cruel for that matter. Jason tells a sad, and very realistic story of a boy bullied at school and at home. The plot of the book is how the boy deals and copes with life as a teenager where the cards are stacked ...more
Halee
Feb 03, 2013 Halee rated it liked it
Shelves: could-not-finish
There are some books that I just can't bring myself to finish. This one was one of them. Although, I enjoyed how overall realistic this was, the pacing was extremely slow. Following Spencer's thoughts were tedious, and I found that I could not even pay attention to the book at most times. I appreciate Warne's effort at making an intriguing and realistic story, but it lacked in action and other things I usually enjoy.

The main reason I probably didn't enjoy this was because I don't particularly l
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Natalie
Feb 04, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Not everything that's broken can be fixed."

This is the story of Spencer, high school senior, alone, afraid and weak. From a dysfunctional home and bullied at school, feeling worthless and looking for acceptance he turns to "chemical salvation" in the form of steroids.

A great emotional and inspiring journey from beginning to end. Well written and realistic, a must read for any young adult.

"My choices were for me, for my benefit, and that was what I could do now. I could do what was best for me.
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Roxanne Sukhan
May 17, 2012 Roxanne Sukhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes contemporary YA
Absolutely, positively the BEST BOOK I've read in a long, long time. This book is now one of my all-time favourites.

Full review [HERE].
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