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Part thriller, part romance, The Friend Scheme is another twisty #ownvoices YA novel from Cale Dietrich, author of The Love Interest.

High schooler Matt's father is rich, powerful, and seemingly untouchable-- a mobster with high hopes that his son will follow in his footsteps. Matt's older brother Lukas seems poised to do just that, with a bevy of hot girls in tow. But Matt
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Feiwel & Friends
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Tricia Levenseller
I loved this book! Dietrich has written a sweet romance with all the tensions and pressures that come from ridiculous societal norms. I laughed out loud. I growled in frustration. I rooted for Matt and Jason from the beginning. I especially love the deeper look this book takes at gender roles and masculinity. Keep breaking those walls, Cale! We’re fighting with you!
Dylan
4 stars.

I was nervous going into this since Dietrich's debut was a bit of a disappointment for me, but I ended up really enjoying it!

It was fast paced and I never wanted to stop reading, and I was surprised at how well I connected with the characters, considering that was one of my biggest problems with The Love Interest.

Another problem I had with his debut was the writing. While it definitely feels stilted at times and definitely still seems a bit amateurish, it has absolutely improved!

It's not
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♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
Although I haven’t read The Love Interest I have seen the poor reviews. I really hope this author pulls a Margaret Rogerson where their first book is eh and their second book shows how awesome they actually are.
coriolis
I was really disappointed by The Love Interest but I'm willing to give Cale a second shot soooo let's do it!
Katrina
May 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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The son of a mobster and the son of a police commissioner falling in love??

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CuriousCompass
Jan 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
THE SON OF A MOBSTER CRIME KINGPIN FALLS IN LOVE WITH THE SON OF THE POLICE COMMISSIONER. AND THAT'S ALL I NEED TO KNOW BITCH.

YE SHALL BE MINE.
𝒱𝒾𝒸𝓉𝑜𝓇𝒾𝒶
Mood of the whole book was summed up in this quote:

“Now that I’m here, feels like a catastrophic mistake.
But whatever.”


I’m totally biased because it’s a gay romance....so, que the fangirling!

And the spoilers...

Anyway...

This book was so cute, a little underwhelming, but cute as hell. I just held a very supportive SMILE the entire time I was reading it. I just wanted Matt and Jason to be together and I literally cared about nothing else even though there was this mobster stuff happening on the
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Jackie
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A bit of an lgbtq take on Romeo and Juliet where feuding mob families threaten to tear two new friends apart but is any of it real or is it all part of the plan to end one regime and crown another?

“The Friend Scheme” follows Matthew the youngest son of a mob boss who wishes for a way out of the lifestyle when he meets a young man who offers him a chance at friendship without the weight of family names bringing him down, but as tensions rise and blood is spilled he finds that perhaps his new ally
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Nicole
This book was very underwhelming. I kind of enjoyed the drama of being part of a mob family and not being able to get out, but everything else was pretty meh. The dialogue between Matt and Jason was very stiff and never flowed in a way that indicated they were remotely comfortable with each other, let alone in love. (They said “dude” so many times, I kept waiting for one of them to say “no homo.”) The ending felt pretty forced; everything got wrapped up too neatly and too quickly.

Also, we get
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Perry Jones
Dec 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
I hope this book is Everything
Zoe
Nov 27, 2019 marked it as release-2020  ·  review of another edition
Why do I get like,,,, Artemis Fowl vibes?
Dani Amaya
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So very good! I loved The Love Interest and this one is just as good!
Shannon
Nov 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Never read Caleb's first book because of the negative reviews but we'll see with this one. It sounds like a great premise.
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AAAAHHH, another future Dietrich book!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!
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