I received this book for free from St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 13th 2016
Source: St. Martin's Griffin
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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.
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“The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker” by Kat Spears had a great idea. I didn’t think it was executed very well. This was a story that I wasn’t able to get into. Luke Grayson ends up in Ashland, Tennessee for his senior year. To Luke, this is the worst thing that could ever happen to him. Luke’s mother doesn’t want to deal with the trouble the Luke has. The reputation that Luke has seems to follow him to Ashland. Luke Grayson became the target of Grant Parker, the bully. Grant Parker makes Luke’s life miserable and he keeps him isolated from all the other teenagers.
This book had a great concept but I don’t think it was executed very well. The characters weren’t that great. It was hard to connect with any of them. I wasn’t that interested in the story. I felt my feet dragging to try to finish. I have a hard time with the fact that Luke’s mom shipped him away. She couldn’t just try to be a parent? Kids have issues and I feel like a parent shouldn’t just dump the kid. I found this book to be another one for my not for me shelf. Maybe next time.