Eric Connelly is crumbling under the weight of his dad's expectations. He can't seem to live up to the "Connelly Man" standards—but when he meets the mysterious, free-spirited Jordan Grant, his dad's rules seem so much less important than they used to.
Jordan and Eric—now "E"—join up with two of the most popular girls in school to combat their rich-kid boredom by cruising their beachside hometown of Capilano. But as Jordan seduces E further into this depraved life, the group starts to kill time in more nefarious ways.
It's Jordan who escalates the pack's dares from mostly harmless jaunts like joyrides in boosted cars and Bling Ring–style luxury shoplifting sprees into more violent activities. Eric is intoxicated . . . swept up in the pack's activities, even as Paige and Haley start to have reservations about what they've been doing. When Jordan starts talking big—can E help him build a bomb, he wonders?—E must decide if he’s too far down the rabbit hole to back out now.
This book was a little bit different. Almost every page was a new character, and there were some of those notes, where the place the note goes is marked, and the actual note is at the back of the book. And yeah, then there was the narration!
Loved the narration, it was so awesome, and I loved the voice, of things happening, and then this random voice interjecting comments, that explained things further, made fun of what was going to happen, foreshadowed or just flat out told what was going to happen. It was really awesome!
We know what was going to happen-we were told, in the synopsis, in the book. But we didn't know how things got to that point, and yeah, I really enjoyed going on that journey! It was a downward slide, but it sure as heck was enjoyable!
E basically ruins his life, makes the wrong decision again and again. While Paige and Haley were a part of things from the beginning, they started to back out. And yeah, that was smarter, given what happened in the end, which was, well, explosive!
Loved reading this book, it was so fantastic, and now I'll have to read Owen Matthews' How to Win at High School now, because this book was just so wonderful and well written!
Author: Owen Matthews
Read: August 28th, 2016
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a SAC 2016 Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: August 30th 2016