Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears

Title: The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker
Author: Kat Spears 
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: September 13, 2016
Source: Publisher

What's the Story?:

From "Luke Grayson's life might as well be over when he's forced to go live in rural Tennessee with his Baptist pastor father. His reputation as a troublemaker has followed him there, and as an outsider, Luke is automatically under suspicion by everyone from the principal at his new school to the local police chief. His social life is no better. The new kid in town is an easy target for Grant Parker, the local golden boy with a violent streak who has the entire community of Ashland under his thumb.

But things go topsy-turvy when a freak accident removes Grant from the top of the social pyramid, replacing him with Luke. This fish out of water has suddenly gone from social outcast to hero in a matter of twenty-four hours. For the students who have lived in fear of Grant all their lives, this is a welcome change. But Luke’s new found fame comes with a price. Nobody knows the truth about what really happened to Grant Parker except for Luke, and the longer he keeps living the lie, the more like Grant Parker he becomes."

My Two Cents:

"The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker" is the story of Luke, who is forced to move with his Dad to a small town after he gets into too much trouble in Washington, D.C. living with his mom. He has to go to a new school where he is no longer in the popular crowd. Grant Parker, the mayor's son, is and Luke gets a taste of not being popular any more. Grant begins to make Luke miserable and then fate turns.

High school is tough for Luke. I liked seeing his perspective throughout the book, mostly towards the beginning. Luke started out as a strong character to me. We learn a lot about him and what his life has been like in the past. As the book goes on, he seemed to become less of a strong character and seems to be happy to not take his destiny into his own hands. I did not really understand that. I wanted to know more about why he didn't seem like he wanted to set the record straight about what happened between him and Grant.

This book was okay. I like how the author created a cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for because you just might get it but it may not be as good as you think it will be. The beginning started out strong for me but the end felt a little rushed.  


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