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I downloaded this novel from Amazon First and it was a pretty good read. It was well written and it built a good bit of suspense in the middle of the story. I also found the idea of a company that takes your kid to reform school interesting. Luckily my children and most teens I know do not have to go or be forced into reform school. But what do you do if your kid needs help and they wont go willingly? My only issue with this novel and many other novels like this one is that in its effort to create a believable character they throw every tragedy and cliche at the character. Alex, the daughter, is a train wreck but I just didn't find her believable nor likable. She was in a drunk driving accident where her best friend dies and afterwards she blames herself. Subsequently, she drinks, drugs, skips schools, bad friends, gets fired.. blah blah blah. Sorry but I kept feeling like this girl is a spoiled selfish brat who needed first to have her phone taken away first. I wish Alex was a more believable person. I disliked her but I liked the premise of the book.
I listened to the audible version of this book as a time passer while on the treadmill. It wasn't terrible, but not great either. One of those stories where everyone and everything is misunderstood, which became rather tedious and predictable. The absolute worst part of the audible version however, was when the male narrator had to sing some of the song verses. The lyrics, the melody (I think they were all the same melody), and especially his voice slogging thru the verses were nerve-grating. The verses weren't quite long enough to warrant skipping forward, but I was embarrassed for the guy and cringed at every instance of his singing.
Great story. Kept me interested until the end. The dynamics between the characters was Right on. “I received this product for free/discounted however this in no way influenced my review. I only write honest reviews regardless of whether I purchased a product at full price, at a discount, or received it free”