The Long Game

October 1, 2016

The Fixer #2. Author: Jennifer Lyn Barnes.


For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington, D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can—and cannot—be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.(Published summary)

My Thoughts:

I wish the over-arcing plot hadn’t come on quite so fast – it would be fun to see more of Tess in the normal school environment, fixing the everyday (or not so every-day considering her classmates!) problems people bring to her. A little more real development between Tess and her mother in the next book would also be nice, but it was good to see them interacting, and see the natural tensions playing out. Fast-paced as the first, the same good writing voice, and three-dimensional characters.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Opponent keeps suggesting that a girl “sleeps around” extensively, which is not true. Character sees a man and woman kissing – she knows the man is married, and the woman is not his wife. One instance of innuendo. One kiss with the main character.

Language: 1 d***

Violence: News report of a terrorist attack (bomb), but no one killed. One character hits another in the face on being threatened. One boy beats up another (after the second insulted his sister). Character finds a boy covered in blood; he was just shot, and is dying. Terrorists take over a highschool; they shoot multiple teachers and guards, and later release videos of two students being shot.


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