For seventeen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged boarding school life, and try not to mess up too much. However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who seems hell bent on confusing him – Fletch’s whole world is turned upside down. Suddenly, what seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.
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So, this story? It leaves an impact on you. A huge, huge impact on you. It will make you rethink what you’re doing, who you are and who the best version of yourself is. It is about finding yourself and being the best version of yourself that you can be.
Yes, there is some soul searching, but the character is kind of bland. He doesn’t think much further than booze and sleeping with anything on two legs. There’s parties everyday and you’re just seeing people drinking and having sex and discussing who they slept with or calling each other a pussy because they didn’t sleep with someone. That kind of gets lame after sometime.
The middle was definitely a little dragged out and could have been edited out a lot. But, the end is pretty satisfying. That is the reason that this book is good. I like how the main guy, Fletcher, actually gives it his best to try and change. That is the crux of the matter and what is important. But, all that action really just happens in the last 7 – 8 chapters and others are sort of dragged out. So, like you read chapter 4 and then skip on ahead to chapter 30 and you’ll not feel like you’ve missed much. And even if you do, you’ll find out about it in the next two paragraphs because some or the other person is always referring to that one incident and how the main character is a dick for doing what he did. It usually has something to do with Calista, this girl who Fletch has a super complicated relationship with.
Yes, the story does try to deliver a powerful message, but it could have done so in a better way. A much better way. I still kind of like it though. It’s mainly because I know what’s it’s like to be confused and undecided and not knowing what to do or what would make me happy. So, yes, I identify with it. Which is why I like it.
And, that is all, I guess. I’m really not entirely sure about this one, I gotta tell you that. But, maybe it’s just me. Maybe this book is not for me. Maybe you’ll love this more than you’ve ever loved anything you’ve read.
So, maybe give this a try.
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