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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  77 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
Sarah Elizabeth
(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
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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
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 3-stars
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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 if i
George K. 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 "Sey
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
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 knock ano
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
Jan Agaton
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is WILD. Loved the super short chapters. Really helped the pacing of the book. I had no intention of reading this at all, never even heard of it until I randomly picked it up at the library and opened it to see the format it's in, which intrigued me. I also wanted to finish a book quickly to get out of a reading slump, and this book did it for me. What made me deduct that last star from my rating is the use of the "R" word at one point, the ending felt a little too sped up, and certain ...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
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Eric Connelly is working an internship for the summer. He's just been voted Student of the Year at his High School and is on the track for college and law school. You'd think his father would be proud of him right? Not so much. It's always about upholding the family name and doing better. So, when Eric meets Jordan Grant, super-rich, super-famous Jordan Grant, who is also undeniably cute and possibly interested, Eric is ready to make a change.

Jordan comes with a group of friends who call themse
Morgan S
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish there were more people who I knew that have read this book because: WOW!
I picked it up at a thrift store on a whim and finished it in a day flat. I can't believe more people are not talking about how insanely good this book is!
The author breaks the fourth wall on nearly every page in a way that worked so well with the story. I absolutely loved the writing style and could not put this book down. The sarcastic and darkly-humoured style to this novel reminds me of Heathers but if it was mix
Miranda Peterson
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don’t you just love when you buy a book on a whim and you don’t know much about it, but it turns out to be amazing!! That happened with this book!

First of all I loved the structure the 1-3 page chapters with a poem like rhythm, that on occasion used the physical words to demonstrate feelings on the page.

Second of all I loved the characters. They seemed real, developed, and I found myself invested.

Third of all I loved the lessons. A message about acceptance, consequences, true love vs. abusive lo
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". Personally, I ...more
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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Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a gay Heathers. Interesting but not original. Plus the slang and misinterpretation of teen culture in general really got to me. I saw all the plot twists coming and wasn’t really surprised at any point. The whole author cutting the crap and telling us straight up what was happening was cool at first but quickly got old and a little too meta for my taste. If you need a quick 1-2 day read I’d recommend it but if you’re looking for a life changing story or characters that really speak to you ...more
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.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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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.
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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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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