Author: Jenny Holiday
Series: New Wave Newsroom, Book 1
Publisher: Independent (September 13, 2016)
Paperback, 156 pages
Jenny Fields is a crusader. The editor of her college newspaper, she never met a cause she couldn’t get behind. So when the administration announces it’s tearing down the historic art building, she’s on the case All she needs to do is get Matthew Townsend, the art department’s boy wonder, on board. They say his talent is unbounded. It turns out so is his ego.
Matthew Townsend cares about art. And that’s pretty much it. If he has a reputation for being moody and aloof, that suits him just fine. He doesn’t have a family worth speaking of, and as a scholarship student, he can’t afford to goof off like the preppy rich kids at his school. He certainly doesn’t care about the art building. Or about the relentlessly perky Jenny, who looks like she was barfed up by Rainbow Brite. What will it take to the preternaturally cheerful girl with the massive savior complex to leave him alone?
I adored The Fixer. Jenny is such a strong women while at the same time so vulnerable, and I love how bright and determined she is. And then Matthew is so focused on his goals to the detriment of every other aspect of his life, and they’re good for each other. I fell in love with both of them over the course of this book just as surely as they fall for each other. I also really enjoyed the parallels to the song Jenny/867-5309, and may have been singing it in my head the entire time reading this book.
This is an excellent New Adult romance with themes of self discovery, learning to stand on your own and learning to rely on others, following your passions even when that’s a really hard thing to do, changing relationships, and some darker themes around predatory people and the dangerous situations in which people can find themselves in. This is a fairly short story, more of a novella, but I loved every second of it and am ravenous for the next book in the series.