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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  67 reviews

Eric Connelly is about to combust.


His senator father is forcing him to spend the entire summer working a mind-numbing law firm internship. He won’t stop lecturing him about the importance of upholding “the Connelly name.” He doesn’t know the definition of “blowing off steam.” But he’s about to find out. Because Eric is ready to blow.


Then Eric meets Jordan G
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
My initial and only thought after finishing this book: HOLY CRAP.

I really have no idea why barely anyone talks about this book because it's honestly so phenomenal.

The Fixes is about Eric Connelly and his three friends, who take it upon themselves to fix the town they live in, through a series of illegal acts. All seemingly harmless up until they aren’t. I really really really enjoyed this book. This book was so strange and dark and intense. It is completely unique and completely hilarious and
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“This is a story about a boy’s first crush, and how it blew up in his face.
And all of its explosive consequences.

This was a contemporary story, about a group of teens who wanted to ‘fix’ things they deemed wrong.

“This town needs fixing,” Jordan tells Eric. “And we’re the only people who can see it.”

Eric came across as quite a sensible character, and it seemed a litt
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The Fixes was like Heathers in novel form, with the same tone: very fun, black comedy, and I really enjoyed it. Eric gets sucked into a group called the Suicide Pack, which aims to right the wrongs within a town filled with rich, privileged kids. The problem? This is usually done through crime, and even though Eric buys into the glamour (and the group leader, Jordan's affections) things go horribly wrong.

So this was a blast to read and it was very short, despite the page count being long - most
Max Baker
I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I fucking love Heathers. It's not only my favorite dark comedy, it's my favorite high school movie as well as one of my favorite movies in general. I consider it one of the best dark comedies out there in the world, so I was really excited for this book when I heard it described as Godfather meets Heathers with a Gossip Girl style narrator who's gay! This book was practically tailor made for me and I freaking loved every bit of it.

Eric Connelly is the
Karen Barber
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was a quirky read, and I received a digital copy of this from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
The obvious thing to say with this is it twists and turns, a lot. The idea behind the Suicide Pack is a curious one, but it all gets very serious very quickly.
On the whole I found this entertaining, but I did sense it was all trying to be just a little clever at times.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I am really on the fence with this. Definitely Veronica Mars meets Heathers but with a Gossip Girl style narrator and a coming to terms with the m/c's homosexuality. I'm sending it to camp with my 13- and 14-year-old boys and see what they and their bunkmates think of it. #trialbyfire

UPDATE: So, the 13-year-old initially said he really liked this book. Then he backtracked to say that he didn't think the fourth-wall-breaking narrator was as well executed as in other books he'd read (paging Adam
Derrick Burton
Jul 25, 2016 marked it as 2016
A great read for the LBGT YA who "hates" reading. Will be a movie before you know it.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Q: Okay, why are you making me read about some dork who can't have any fun?
A: I promise you, Eric's going to have fun. He just doesn't know it yet."

The Fixes was downright insane.

For a while I was laughing my butt off. Then things took a sharp turn into horror territory and I found myself holding my breath, as ridiculous as the whole book was.

I couldn't understand how there was so much... immaturity in this book. From cringy puns to using hashtags, the book felt fairly relatable in a young adul
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
THE FIXES by Owen Matthews is a fast-paced, entertaining read, full of lots of twists and turns. We follow the story of Eric (or “E”)—son of a senator and the ultimate smart goody-two-shoes. He meets Jordan who is pretty much his complete opposite and gets drawn into a group called the “Suicide Pack.” This is a group of rich, bored kids who are trying to seek vengeance on their town for whatever they’ve deemed as wrong or shallow. What starts out as relatively harmless pranks and teenage rebelli ...more
Luke Reynolds
ARC Review (8/7/16, received from Sarah Prineas)

The Fixes pretty much flatlined from the first section that I read. Although I do like the narration style and the gossipy way in which it's told (complete with short chapters and interruptions like a Q&A and an abridged version of a speech), the characters feel dull and the whole thing feels watered down and not as engaging as I would like. It's a shame, really, because this does have potential. Maybe this would work better in first person or
Delta Blue
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was a lot like "First We Were IV" by Alexandra Sirowy. And I did not like that book. I have to admit, though, that there's something about this story that draws readers in, something that made me strangely interested. And after considering all the pros and cons of this novel, I'd have to say that it's the characters, The character development in this book is brilliant. Every page I flipped drew me deeper into Eric's story, and I found myself curiously wrapped up in following him on his ...more
Teddy Elizabeth
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ya, 2016
So I don't think this is a bad book at all, it's just not particularly my kind of book.

I first picked it up about a year and a half ago & was reading/enjoying it just fine. But I put it down for a bit, & it eventually became due, so I returned it to the library.

When I came across it on my Goodreads list a few weeks ago, I thought, You know, why not give it another try. I had been wanting to read a book with queer characters in it, and this fulfilled that desire, and I'd also be able to k
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
"The Fixes," by Owen Matthews was a unique book. The writing style was very surprising, but I found that I enjoyed it after reading more of the book. The plot of this book is simple but still interesting: Eric (later "E") has done everything to make his father, who wants Eric to one day go on to become president, proud. Eric is a good student, even making it up to "Student of the Year". However, he meets Jordan, who changes Eric-for the worse or for the better-forever. Jordan and his team, which ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is ... interesting. There are definitely some things I like about it. It was fast paced and, while I didn't enjoy it, I also couldn't put it down. Matthews has a tight, concise style. I found it amusing that this story was so loosely situated in Vancouver - probably West Van, given that this is where the rich and powerful live. But the characters were hard to believe and extremely hard to care about. The premise that some rich white kids are going to protest the treatment of homeless p ...more
George Ilsley
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the fresh glib tone -- until it started to grate. The author insisted in intruding into the narrative with things like "of course I'm foreshadowing now". There is so much energy and talent here, so why are the characters so flat, the story so preposterous, everyone so unappealing? The location is a kind of Vancouver, except not really, so this is really distracting if you happen to know the actual city of Vancouver. Even the names of minor characters were Vancouver shout-outs, like "Se ...more
Grace Fabbri
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
overall: interesting. i got about 60% of the way through and considered stopping, but kept with it, and the ending did end up being decent. oftentimes felt like the characters spoke and acted like caricatures of what the author felt teenagers should be, do, etc., instead of like actual people, which was vaguely irritating, and definitely detracted from the tone of what was otherwise a fairly serious book. (authors: /please/ never put hashtags in your novels, they're not meant to be used like tha ...more
Petty Lisbon
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Leader of The Mojicans (Juan)
A SUPER QUICK READ (If you don't get as distracted as I do), I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Hands down, not only is it one of my new favorite books, but I was so sad to have it end (But every story has to). I found it to be like a mix of Heathers, The Bling Ring & a bit like Liars, Inc & I cannot recommend this enough. The writing style is so different to what I'm used to that it made the book that much more enjoyable. The character development was incredible, especially those in "The Pack". Person ...more
Katie Turnbow
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a really quick in like 2 to maybe 4 days. But it was a fantastic book and I thouroghly enjoyed it. I can truly say I have had anxiety about a book. I mean I was on the edge of my seat reading some of this book. Reading this book I was absolutely in love. But also it gave you an eye opening experience to how rich people actually act. How people who are so privilege feel like they can just money their way out of trouble with the law.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personally, I love this kind of writing. The short chapters help me read a lot in such a short time and keep me reading. This novel was pretty good. Very suspenseful and entertaining. It was interesting to read the changes as Eric became E then went back to Eric again. The characters were all relatable (maybe except for Jordan) and I felt myself rooting for them during the SuicidePack and after. Good book.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was an up and down crazy story that was better than I expected.

The main character is Eric; he is a good kid. Until he meets someone who he gets a tiny--crush--let's say and then things go south. There are spoilers that tell you WHAT HAPPEN in the story and one cannot get mad at the author: Owen Matthews since he writes it so well. You can only flip to the next page to live up to your EXPECTATIONS AS A READER.

The ending was very realistic and wrapped things up perfectly.

Five stars sin
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Vicki Mullen
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Challenge: a book about a difficult subject - maybe pushing it a bit, but it deals with peer pressure, parent pressure and a few other topics. I picked this from the "Blind Date with a Book" program.
Tiffany Robinson
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the way this book was written, it was fun and different. From beginning to end this book was fast paced and a very fun ride to be on.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
this is honestly one of the worst books i’ve ever read and that’s all i want to say about it because every moment i have to spend thinking about this book makes me want to die a little bit more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads, jri, rainbow
Someone really wants to be the Palahniuk or Easton Ellis of the YA set.
Antonia Mandry
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A really excellent read. Good style, compelling characters and interesting story. I would recommend to readers age 14 and above.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars
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Owen Matthews was raised on rap music and violent video games. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program and has worked on fishing boats and in casinos all over the world. Under the name Owen Laukkanen, he writes crime thrillers acclaimed by critics and bestselling authors like Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, and John Lescroart. A fan of fast cars and sugary ...more
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