Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review: Surviving Elite High (Surviving Elite High, #1) by John H. Ames

Surviving Elite High (Surviving Elite High, #1)Surviving Elite High by John H. Ames
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A bit amateurish for my taste, but then again, this is just my opinion.

The Blurb:

A new and better edition...

John Henry Ames is a sixteen-year-old boy from a small New Jersey town. John is humble, shy and studious. He lives as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies.

On the verge of dropping out of school due to overdue payments, a teacher enrolls him in a tutoring program where he meets the school's star quarterback and hero, Nick Anthony Hawking. Since he was doing poorly in several subjects, Nick needs John's help to pass and graduate high school. As John becomes closer to the jock, he develops a strong affection towards him even though Nick has a strong reputation of sleeping around with a lot of women. Nick becomes his friend and protector in school. Their sincere friendship helps to bring out the best in each of them, even as several tragedies, like a school shooting, threaten to change their young lives forever.

My Thoughts:

Surviving Elite High by John H. Ames is written in the first person's POV on  life in the  junior year at high school. John Henry ends up falling for the school jock, who was basically a good sort of straight guy. Not bad at first glance of the blurb but then when I moved on, I started noticing that the writing style needed a  bit of work. I thought that it was a bit  amaratuerish? I used to think that Stephanie Meyer was amateurish (BTW I enjoyed and am a big fan of her books) but then after reading this, I realized that the big difference was that  Meyer at least had the sentences edited well. As for the ending, Surviving Elite High has the typical good kid & hunk/jock HFN ending.

Surviving Elite High #1 by John H. Ames is so so, hence the 2. I am reluctant to read the next one because the English style is so high-schooler. But then again, if this is the target audience, then I would say that this is pretty okay.

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