I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Pen's life has been wreck since her sister committed suicide last year. Now, she's hooked on Fix, a drug that changes how she thinks and sees. Although the drug has horrific side effects, she keeps coming back for more because she sees hallucinations of a guy called Nate. Even though she's knows Nate is only in her head, he seems to be the only person who cares about her future. She knows she has to change, but she's more confused than ever when Nate professes his love for her. Then, during a Fix trip one of her classmates goes missing and Pen quickly realizes that she's in more danger than she thought. If she doesn't get her act together quick, she may be next on the missing persons list.
Fix Me by Lisa M. Cronkhite is one of those novels where I definitely preferred the concept of the story to the overall execution of the novel. At least 95% of the novel is Pen high on Fix and hallucinating, or suffering from all sorts of insane side effects. Now, I've read a lot of selfish characters but Pen really takes the cake. She truly thinks of nothing but herself - not to mention that she's astoundingly unreliable. I was also hoping for a little more in terms of the mystery, especially one that makes a little more sense and is less contradictory. I also would have preferred a little bit more clarity when it comes to that paranormal aspect - was that just a figment or what? Quite a few events just seem to crop up with zero warning making me scratch my head and wonder if I missed something along the line. Finally, I also wanted to mention that tonally Pen doesn't really sound like a modern teen (to my ears anyway).
Overall, Fix Me wasn't for me in the long run - I enjoyed the basic premise more than the final result. The story covers dark, heavy themes, but doesn't really handle them in a satisfactory manner. There's so much more that I wish would have been done or could have been explored by our cast.
Thanks for the opportunity, NetGalley.
I read this ARC from November 16 - 17, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads. This novel will be released on November 28, 2017.