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The Fix

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  74 reviews
One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.

Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone.

On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Sky Pony Press | Skyhorse Publishing
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss.)

“He’s just a friend.”
“I don’t believe you.”

This was an interesting story about a girl with something bad hiding in her past.

Macy was a bit of a difficult character to really understand, and I found her behaviour a bit unusual. Sleeping around, sleeping with boys who are on a break from their girlfriend, thinking about kissing another boy when you have a boyfriend; these
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
The Fix is an in-between book for me. I felt like the parts that I liked and didn't like were equal, thus I'm giving it 3 stars. It's very hard for me to describe or write a review for this book, so I'm going to do a list review instead.

What I liked:
• The issues tackled - abuse, drugs, mental ilness
• Rebecca - the ever-supportive friend
• The MC's relationship with Gavin, her little brother
• Darren and his observance

What I didn't like:
• The cheating, even though the main character doesn't own up
To think I spent three days on this.

Well, okay, it wasn't all terrible. I don't wanna be a Debbie Downer, but God. I don't know where to begin on this one.

Our MC, Macy Lyons, is at a party one evening with her friends and boyfriend when she bumps into the very-mysterious Sebastian Ruiz. They strike up what feels like an hour-long conversation, which I assumed the author was trying to make philosophical and John Green-esque, but it only came off as two stoned teenagers at a midnight rager, r
La La
4.5 Stars on my blog. I accidentally requested this title on Edelweiss thinking it was The Fixer, and I am extremely happy I did! This book dealt with several sensitive issues that affect many young adults, and did it in a realistic way. And in answer to several of the bad reviews I saw here on Goodreads, this book IS NOT ABOUT CHEATING! THERE WAS NO CHEATING IN THIS STORY, and if you think there was, you didn't read the entire book. I liked it because it had examples of several "types" of famil ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Edelweiss, In exchange for an honest review.)

Macy and Sebastian were both okay characters, and I felt sorry for them at points, but I didn't love them.

There wasn't anything awfully wrong with this book, it just felt way too slow for me, which made the story drag. It felt longer than what is was because of it, and when I got to the end I was quite relieved.

Overall, Not awful, but not very enjoyable for me.
Charlotte Huang
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this emotional story about honesty and connection. Macy is a complicated, sometimes prickly, yet inherently likeable character with a chip on her shoulder and problems to confront. She has much to sort out with family, friends and love and I rooted for her to succeed and find happiness on each of those levels. This is great recommendation for lovers of darker contemporary YA.
Kate Ormand
With an honest but gentle approach into Macy's world, THE FIX is emotional at times, heart-warming and witty at others, and very well written with a strong voice. I was captivated by the novel. ...more
Jill MacKenzie
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get to read the ARC of this book…and I LOVED it!

And I have to say, while I didn't know exactly where Ms. Sinel was taking us from the initial pages of THE FIX, I'm so glad I went there with her anyway. Macy's journey was one I'll never forget--I cried with her, screamed at her parents with her, and longed for the one person who just might understand the pain she'd been through, all with her. But it wasn't just Macy I fell in love with through every page turned. All of the c
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one. A painful story beautifully told.
Shannon Rogers
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc
This book took me a little by surprise. First of all, I liked the main character, Macy, very much, despite the fact that she appeared to be a tad difficult with her mother. But much later in the story, you find out why. I'm getting ahead of myself though.

I thought this was going to be a somewhat serious but cute book, but as soon as I met Sebastian, I realized this wasn't going to be quite what I was expecting. As the story progressed though, I was great with that, because it ended up being so m
Inah (Fueled By Chapters)
The Fix was a dark story. It's very enlightening and interesting. It's about Macy Lyons, a smart and interesting girl, who felt a deep connection with Sebastian Ruiz.

It was nice to see each character's story unfold. Each of them having difficulties and trying to face them with each other's support. The characters were really dynamic and solid. I could feel every emotion from the pages. Also, the book featured diverse characters.

I guess what has drawn me into spending the whole day finishing this
Carol Riggs
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-debut
I don’t usually read contemporary novels that deal with difficult issues like this, because it’s too much like real life. But gritty, honest books like this need to be written, and books like this need to be read. It reveals the way oppressive secrets can cause guilt, detachment, sexual dysfunction, self-loathing, and escapism as a distorted way to cope (often involving sex, drugs, or alcohol). I hope this story will give both teens and adults the courage they need to confront truths in their pa ...more
Penni Jones
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The teen years are a difficult time, but even more so when dealing with trauma that has been pushed aside and ignored for way too long. Through Macy's story, Sinel reminds us that everyone is dealing with something (though not always to such a serious degree), and the only way we can get through difficult times is to depend on each other. Healing is possible. I can't wait to see what this debut author does next. ...more
Ann Jacobus
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THE FIX by Natasha Sinel is a gutsy and honest story of 17 year-old Macy who must come to terms with secrets about her past, her present, and her future with a young recovering addict who has secrets of his own. Compelling, heartbreaking--in the best way possible, and ultimately triumphant, it's an un-put-down-able read! ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put this one down. It's a bit to get to the core of Macy's past, but when she finally opens up its heartbreaking and empowering all at once. ...more
Laura's Book Addiction
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"So long ago, I'd stuffed my dusty memories and feelings into a neat lockbox in my gut, coated it with numbing anaesthesia, added a touch of self-deceit, and thrown away the key. The result was denial...and emptiness."

If your looking for a book full of heartbreak, hope and meeting the right person at the right time, then it's The Fix. I devoured this story in one sitting.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but I didn’t. I’ll start with the positives.

The language at some points was pretty good. “Sebastian’s absence next to me was wrong; it felt more like a presence in itself.” And Sebastian himself, though he’s not seen very much, is really likeable. He’s funny, yet struggling to find where he belongs. He’s very down-to-earth, though he loves astronomy, and I wish I’d seen him more in the book overall, since he’s pretty much the cause of the inciting incident. I l
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Review first published on my blog The Fictional Reader

First of all, can I say I want that dress or skirt the person on the cover is wearing? That’s so beautiful… I requested this book when I was in a contemporary YA mood, and it seemed like an interesting read. And it definitely was very interesting. I just didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. 

So this is the story of Macy and Sebastian, who both are battling certain memories or aspects from their pasts. Sebastian is a drug addict, and Macy… we
Eden Grey
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya_contemporary
At the same time devastating and hopeful, THE FIX tells the story of sometimes bad-girl Macy Lyons and her journey of self-discovery and awakening, friendship and honesty.

Macy meets the mysterious Sebastian at a party, and the next day he disappears. When Macy finds out Sebastian has been checked into the Behavioral Health center at the local hospital, she decides to visit - and neither teen's life will ever be the same. An undeniable connection forms between them, one that neither teen can ign
Read InAGarden
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Macy is content with her life - as much as she can be with a mother she strongly dislikes. But setting that aside, she has a good boyfriend, a best friend, a fun younger brother and she's successfully navigating the waters of high school. All's going well until one night at a party she sees Sebastian and he sees something in her that no one else has. When he asks her what's wrong, she doesn't have an answer but it makes her stop and think. And then snippets of memories start. When Sebastian is h ...more
Kelly Akemann
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a hard time when it comes to someone who cheats - whether it is honest to goodness physical cheating or mental or emotional. I have always believed cheating is cheating and it is bad so it turns me off of books. Ask my husband - I rant about it all the time. But that aside, I really liked this book. It brought together that compounded by her past and what happens when kids grow up and explore who they really are. I felt Macy was hard to understand but felt it was because she honestly had ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya-fiction
While The Fix is the kind of issues book I don’t usually read (I like speculative fiction to escape the real world), this book was so well-written and gripping that I couldn’t put it down. Macy, the main character, has heart-breaking spunk and resilience and is so vivid that when I had to put the book away at the end, it was like losing a friend. As well as being a gripping read, this book provides empathy, and possibly solutions, to those who have suffered sexual abuse or drug abuse. I highly r ...more
Sonya Mukherjee
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get a chance to read an advance copy of this book. I found it gripping, emotionally complex, and important, too. Not only did I go on an emotional journey with the central characters, but I came away feeling like I could imagine a whole range of experiences in a way that was new to me. I'm so glad I got a chance to read this. ...more
Tejas Janet
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad book but not one that I really loved either. Maybe just a matter of personal taste. It had some really good moments, and i thought it had some credible psychological insights. A bit on the fluffy side despite the darker themes addressed. However, within the genre of young adult literature, I think it's worth recommending. For me personally, I can give a solid 3 to 3.5 stars. ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although I'm a bit biased as Natasha is one of my closest friends from college, I really loved this book. I was moved to tears at the end. I highly recommend The Fix!! ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Keep silent, keep the pretense, everything is okay here, we're just a big happy family... ...more
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Callie Blair
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I was not infactuated with this book for the first a hundred or so pages. The writing style was not my favorite despite awknowledging that Macy didn’t fit into the cliche ‘not like other girls’ trope, which was refreshing to say the least. I figured that I knew where this book was headed, and while I do in some ways, I didn’t in others. I detested Macy’s handling of her emotions in regards to Chris until her turn-around, and I am of the strong opinion that he could have been much more ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Fix by Natasha Sinel is a book about a girl named Macy Lyons. She is a seventeen year old girl who lives in upstate New York. She has an older adopted brother and a younger biological brother. One day, she is at a party when she sees a boy. She thinks that she has never seen him before, but likes him immediately. She learns that the boy is named Sebastian and that she has in fact seen him before, over 6 years prior. She realizes he goes to her school, until one day he vanishes. He is gone fo ...more
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Natasha Sinel is a writer of young adult fiction. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English and from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with an M.B.A. Before beginning her career as an author, she was director of business development at Showtime Networks. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she now lives in Northern Westchester, New York with her husband and thre ...more

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