Synopsis: Framed for a stranger’s near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming game, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past that may be responsible for all his current problems.
Huge thank you to Amulet Books and Netgalley for this ARC!
I picked up this book because it’s from a male POV and it sounded kinda like a mean-girls-only-with-boys style contemporary, and I wanted to see how that worked. This was an okay book. Nothing mind blowing, but I didn’t have any real problems with it either. It was a pretty quick read, a simple mystery, and the writing was pretty solid. There were a lot of metaphors about water and the desert which worked well with the story. I didn’t really like how Dixon was always drinking and the reasons why he was doing it. I actually didn’t like a lot of his reasons for anything. But at the end he did seem to figure out why he was doing half the shit he was and that was satisfactory.
I guess the only real ‘thing’ I had with this book was the weird structure of the school and how everyone had their own group and had to like, get permission to speak to others in the group. The social hierarchy was just kinda weird to me.
Anyways, this is a pretty quick read and a nice change in voice, so pick it up if you like male POVs.