The Friend Scheme – Cale Dietrich


On top of that I’m too soft, too careless, too lacking in family devotion…I’m a good actor. I can sell it.

Matt’s Dad – ruthless, rich and ready to run this town. He’s a mobster and he’s gunning for control.

Jason’s Dad – strong, upstanding and ready to do what’s right, no matter what. He’s the police commissioner and he’s going to take back his town.

Matt and Jason together – sparks are flying and they are irresistibly drawn together.

But what Jason doesn’t know, can’t hurt him…right?

He has no idea who I really am.

Ahhh…this didn’t go at all how I hoped. Sigh.

I don’t know if I’ve finally aged out of YA or what but this book just didn’t do it for me. (And I was SO looking forward to it too).

I think the biggest thing that kept pushing me out of the book was the style of writing. I don’t use this often, but the writing felt immature.

The close first-person felt like “thought-thought-thought” and while it kept the action high in the book, it prevented me from sinking into the book.

There didn’t seem to be much substance behind their thoughts and feelings.

The characters felt like teenagers but the kind of teenagers that I want to shake and tell them to make better decisions.

I couldn’t get a clear picture on the characters’ personalities other than videogames and liking boys….which, isn’t a terrible thing per say but it prevented me from connecting to them.

All in all, maybe my interpretation could be because I’m not the target audience? But I’m usually such a fan of YA…

Thank you to Feiwel & Friends, and Netgalley for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Interested in this one from Cale Dietrich? Buy it here:  Amazon

2 thoughts on “The Friend Scheme – Cale Dietrich

  1. I think the last time I enjoyed a YA novel was when I was myself a teenager. For me I just can no longer relate to the typical struggles of teen-hood


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