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The Fixer

(The Fixer #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  12,567 ratings  ·  1,757 reviews
This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather's ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Asteropê Are you serious? Because if so, I'm sorry, but this has got to be one of the most stupid question/comments I've ever seen on GR. I really hope you're …moreAre you serious? Because if so, I'm sorry, but this has got to be one of the most stupid question/comments I've ever seen on GR. I really hope you're kidding.

No it's not a little strange. It's not strange at all. The fact that you find it strange is what's strange to me.

Titles are not held to copyright laws. There are countless books with the same titles. It happens. It's common and expected. I have 4 books on in my library with the same titles, all by different authors and even crossing genres. It happens.

Do you expect no other book to ever be titled "The Fixer" because what, one that won the Pulitzer-prize used it? Do you expect a title to be only used once and only once ever?

Besides there are many "The Fixer" novels and books out there --
The Fixer (Games People Play #1) - HelenKay Dimon
The Fixer - Joseph Finder
The Fixer (Lawson the Fixer #1) - Jon F. Merz
The Fixer - Joe Sacco
The Fixer (Mort Grant, #1) - T.E. Woods
The Fixer - Max Kinnings
The Fixer (JC Bannister, #1.1) - Rex Carpenter
The Fixer - Steve Bunce
The Fixer - John Henderson
The Fixer - D.A. Latham
Fixer - Samantha Westlake
Fixer (The Ustari Cycle, #0.5) - Jeff Somers

As you can see, it's used by many other books with no issue or cause for concern. There's even more using "The Fix" as well.
Chanel Rice It's out!! I pre-ordered it and it came a few days ago. I just finished it last night, you won't be disappointed!!!…moreIt's out!! I pre-ordered it and it came a few days ago. I just finished it last night, you won't be disappointed!!!(less)

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Paige  Bookdragon
EDIT: Fucking outage... I lost my first review.

Anyway, let me tell you a story.

It was the best of the YA romance time, it was the worst of time when Twilight was made, it was the age of wisdom in Erotic books, it was the age of foolishness when the FSoG was published, it was the epoch of belief in Adult mystery crime books, it was the epoch of incredulity when Dan Brown's Angel and Demons shook the catholic foundation...(you get the gist) and I dreamed of reading a very good YA mystery/thril
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Uh... I loved the personality of the protagonist. Very endearing and heartwarming, her relationship with her Grandfather. Touching and rare in this crazy world.

As far as I could tell, my history teacher had three passions in life: quoting Shakespeare, identifying historical inaccuracies in cable TV shows, and berating Ryan Washburn. (c)
“I’m concerned, Tess.”
“If you’re talking about the way Mr. Simpson victimizes his most vulnerable students, I am, too.” (c)
The words victimize and vulnerabl
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
A well written and engrossing book that focuses on Politics. Where do I sign up?

The Fixer easily becomes one of my favorite reads this year. It is without doubt, this book is joining my Top Ten Favorite Reads of this year.

For me the best kind of books is the one that makes me feel intoxicated as if I am drunk in life’s high. The Fixer evokes these feelings for me. I was instantly hooked from the very first eyes I laid on it. There is Barnes’s trademark writing, snark, a group of teenagers bondin
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
We all have those authors that we instinctively go to when we need something fun, original, and well written. Something that will keep us on the edge of our seats, engaged in the story from beginning to end. Something we will think about when we put the book down and something we will still be thinking about long after it is over.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes, is that author for me. She hasn't let me down yet and her latest release, The Fixer, is testament to why that still remains the same.

I adored this
Rashika (is tired)
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What we need more in YA is political thrillers. SERIOUSLY. This book was so much fun and so addictive. It’s the kind of book you want to high-five while reading (don’t question my logic of high-fiving inanimate objects).

For starters, believe the tagline, this book actually did remind me of Scandal (the tv show) and in the best possible way. I would also encourage you to disregard that bit about love triangles in the blurb because I don’t have
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In The Fixer, we follow Tess, as she rediscovers her older sister, Ivy, after a family tragedy. Since the deaths of their parents over a decade ago, Tess has been living with her grandfather on a farm in rural Montana. Unfortunately, her grandfather falls ill with Alzheimer's, and Tess can no longer look after herself. Ivy comes to the rescue, and flies Tess off to Washington D.C., and sets her up at the prestigious Hardwicke Academy. As she discovers that Ivy is involved in high politics, and i ...more
ELLIAS (elliasreads)

Still a fucking masterpiece!!!!!


READ 2015




HOLY SMOKES! This was phenomenal!

My review: Go get this book. Read it now!

Seriously, guys, The Fixer is everything I didn't know I wanted in a YA book. (YESS! Give me more!)

Okay, I'm not that versed on political thrillers and I'm unfamiliar with either popular hit sitcom "Scandal" or "Veronica Mars", so yeah, I was a tad bit hesitant picking this one up, wondering how on earth are they going to spin this one out for young adults, while maintaining a healthy dose of believability and excitemen
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-owned
This just hit the spot for me! I was a little wary that this may be a "fixer for high school" kind of plot, and while there is an element of that, this is really a YA political thriller and I loved it. I particularly loved our main character, Tess, and the development of her relationship with her sister. I can't get into details as to why it worked so well for me, because it would be spoilers, but overall, I loved where the story went. Also Vivvie has my heart

CW: child abuse
Fafa's Book Corner
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Beware spoilers ahead!

When I first heard about this book the only thing that went through my mind was the fact that it is compared to Heist Society. Naturally I added it thinking it would be an excellent heist and espionage novel. Then one day I decided to read the synopsis again and warning bells went off in my head. The idea of a 'Fixer' sounded odd and I am not a fan of books that have politics in it. Nonetheless I wanted to read i
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
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This book was. So. Clever.

Political intrigue. Fitted with a Sherlockesque main character and a mystery that will get your brain chugging away. Topped with witty dialogue. Mix it all together and you've got a brilliantly plotted novel with a genius set of characters otherwise known as The Fixer.

I had no idea what to expect going in to this. I was thinking some kind of contemporary with a Gossip Girl
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Please fix the book hangover I have now
"You're telling me that my sister is a professional problem solver?" I asked tightly. "She just goes around solving other people's problems? How is that even an occupation?"
"Supply and demand?" Vivvie suggested. "Around here, we call them fixers."
My love for this book is unreal. I've said this before, but political intrigue is definitely one of my ultimate favorites in YA--typically, they come wrapped in high fantasy shaped packages th
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've reached the stage where I'd voluntarily read Barnes' shopping list. If you love a bit of politics--the push and pull of power--than you'll eat this one right up. Review To Come.
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
That, was fucking awesome. Bring on book #2. The end. [lol as if i'm rereading the sequel again. probably. eventually) ...more
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5 Stars] I can’t get enough of Jennifer Lynn Barnes! Her books are smart, engaging, and so well constructed that she’ll always have your brain reeling. I read The Fixer (The Fixer series #1) with the hope that it would help hold me over for when Bad Blood (The Naturals series #4) comes out November 1st. And you know what? The Fixer completely satisfied my crime novel craving!

While The Naturals series is a YA version of the show Criminal Minds, The Fixer series is very reminiscent of Scandal (
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Fixer was a fun and quick read. In fact, I managed to read it on one rainy afternoon. The Fixer is the story of Tess Kendrick, a teenager who is forced to leave her Montana ranch when it becomes apparent that her grandfather is no longer able to care for her. Tess moves in with her big sister Ivy, who happens to work with a lot of very influential people in Washington D.C. Ivy makes things happen and Tess seems to follow in big sister's footsteps. When a classmate's grandfather dies, Tess is ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a tough one. One the one hand, NO ONE writes thrillers like Barnes. On the other, this book is a bit hard to swallow. It's not just teens solving mysteries - they're solving deep-seated political schemes that go all the way to the top. It's Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Although I appreciated that the book is full-on uncovering government secrets, it could have done with a bit of softening with either humor or romance. Because of that I got about 70 percent through and skimmed the rest.

This book has been recommended by my friends who know my love and weakness for thriller/mystery type of books since forever and it did not disappoint. It was smart and slick, and I throughly enjoyed the characters and the political conspiracy behind it all. This book reminded me of my favorite police drama, with its well thought plot and the sharp twists that brought it to life.

Full review to come soon.
This is the most dramatic thing I have read in a long time and I'm stressed ...more

Reading books about politics is like playing a game of dice: you never know what can come out of it. So I was very cautious when I started to read The Fixer. But I also must admit - I was intrigued: politics, power, world of elite in Washington and presumably a good mystery to solve. And to my greatest joy this book turned out to be exactly what it promised me, well, almost.

The story is about a girl Tess who moves to Washington to live with her older sister Ivy after an accident with their gr

Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

Murder, blackmail, secrets, and cover-ups! Watch your back. These people can slice and dice you with smiles on their faces! Smiles that can sell papers, charm the masses, and win elections. Welcome to DC politics!

Estranged sisters, Tess and Ivy Kendrick, are trying to be a family again in Washington DC, where Ivy is a problem solver in the world of politics. Ivy is that someone you want on your side. Someone who can fix anything. Sixteen year old Tess soon proves that the apple doesn’t fall far
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
I adore Jennifer Lynn Barnes. She is such a good writer. This is the fifth book I've read by her, so you can truly trust me when I say her books never disappoint in any way.

J.L. Barnes knows how to write characters and dialogue, and this book proved that. Tess Kendrick was such a good protagonist. She was smart and competent and totally relatable. There is true friendship portrayed in this book; no romance. Tess's friendship with Vivvie, Asher, and Henry is everything! I also love Ivy's friends
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ETA 4/20/17: Upgraded to 5 stars because I don't remember why I only gave it 4 but it annoys me every single time I'm going through my past reads and I see it. However I felt about this book at the time, when I look back all I remember is how damn good it is and how annoyed I am that every YA thriller fan in the world hasn't read it.

This was a really fun and fast-paced thriller that had me guessing wrong at literally every turn. It's been a long time since I've been this consistently surprised b
Books are TARDIS

I read this book a few weeks back, but didn't get to review it till now.

LOVED, loved, loved this book. A BIG thanks to Paige Bookdragon for steering me towards this book. Her excellent 5-star review Paige's review had me pitching this book to the front of my TBR pile. I was hesitant to read this because of the Scandal meets Veronica Mars marketing for this book. Not only are those two things quite a lot to live up to, but also, that kind of comparison makes me think that this is going to be a cl
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book, HOLY SHIT (Excuse my language). I thought I had somewhat figured it out while I was reading, but I was totally wrong. It was so shocking and kept me guessing until the literal last page. I am a sucker for books set on the political scene, and I love suspense and mystery, therefore, I was sold on this book from the second I read the synopsis.

I really like Tess (our main character) because she is truly a strong independent girl who isn't focused on a boy (not that being focused on a bo
Rep: Indian side character, biracial Black side character
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is like YA House of Cards except the main characters aren't terrible people and it's amazing and I should've read it ages ago. Don't be like me, read it now. NOW. ...more
Was The Fixer a blatant rip-off of the Scandal tv series?
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Do I care?
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It's been quite a while since a book had me so completely riveted, so absolutely enthralled, and, once that happens, there's very little that will stop me from really digging that book. The Fixer was very entertaining, suspenseful, and actually managed to surprise me with a couple of twists. I need to stress how important it is to me that a book surprises me. Most thrillers, mysteries and horror stories fall through for m
Although I was initially very intrigued on the political bent that The Fixer had, I think overall it was quite disappointing. People weren't joking when they compared it to The Heist Society. I’ll admit, both books were quite enjoyable for a light read - although quite unrealistic, to an extent. The Fixer follows up on that tone and atmosphere, where in the midst of the political intrigue is familial relationships and teenagers who have nothing better in their lives to do.

Before I begin, let me
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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 ...more

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“I have a passing fondness for explosions."

That was concerning on so many levels.”
“What are we doing?" Asher helped himself to a seat at my table.

"We aren't doing anything," I told him bluntly.

"My mistake. I thought we were brooding in Henry's general direction. Like so." He adopted stormy countenance, then gestured to me. "Yours is better."

"Go away, Asher."

"You say go away, I hear be my bosom buddy." He gave an elaborate shrug. "Seriously, though: friendship bracelets—yea or nay?”
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