Review: Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two (King, #6), by T. M. Frazier

Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two (King, #6)Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Preppy is back, but he isn’t the same Preppy that we’ve grown to love over the course of the ‘King’ series. His time in captivity has really done a number on him. After everything he endured, it is nothing short of a miracle that he managed to survive…and surviving is exactly what he’s doing, no more.

When Dre seeks closure, she never imagined that she’d find Preppy alive. So much for saying “goodbye” and making her peace. She is immediately taken back to their time together, even if she’d rather forget the heartache that he left her with.

As Preppy begins to heal physically, he is plagued by the psychological after-effects of the torture. While all of his closest friends want him to face his issues, he wants nothing more than to escape from the pain. He loses himself in drugs and alcohol, racing to the bottom.

The only time that Preppy is able to find any peace is when he is with Dre. She has a calming affect on him. Despite the pain he’s caused her, she still can’t seem to give up on him. She does her best to keep him at arms-length, but as always, he manages to creep into her heart.

At times, I did find myself scratching my head over details related to the timeline of some events. It just didn’t seem to add up for me, but I could have been mis-reading something. At one point, Preppy’s captivity is said to have been for a few months. Yet at other points in the story, it was implied that he didn’t know about the kids that Doe and King had. He was also clueless to the fact that Bear had entered into a serious relationship and Thia was now “huge” in her pregnancy, which wouldn’t happen until the third trimester. So, I was a little confused as to how he could have missed so much if he’d only been away for “months”. Again, maybe I mis-read something along the way. I’ll have to go back and re-read this at some point to clarify.

If you’re a fan of this series, like I am, expect to enjoy this book. I have been a big fan of Preppy from the start, so it was hard to meet this broken version of the usually boisterous character that I love so much. However, things are looking up for Preppy.

That being said, I continue to be perplexed by the number of typos and grammatical errors that make it into the published versions of this author’s works. I’m not sure if there is a big rush to meet deadlines, or what else might be contributing. However, the editing needs some work. Simple mistakes like using the word “your” when the word should be “you’re” or typos like “phon” in place of “phone” are sprinkled throughout the book. It was distracting at times and does take away from the story.

Given that the story itself is so fantastic, which takes a lot of talent on the part of the author, it is a shame to see basic editing oversights and technicalities mess with it. I’m no grammar expert myself, but there should be a few grammar experts on the team of this best-selling author, in my opinion. Her work is incredible and I hate to see it not live up to it’s potential because of such elementary mistakes.

Even with the editing oversights, this was a highly enjoyable book. It does end with another cliffhanger, so expect to be waiting anxiously for part 3 of Preppy’s story. I will be sure to buy it as soon as it is released.

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Tattooed and Bow-Tied

Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5)Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for Preppy’s story ever since reading the first book in the ‘King’ series. There is something oddly endearing about the tattooed, bow-tie wearing, drug-dealing enigma, that is Preppy. Nothing about him can be described as typical, or even appealing on it’s own. However, it just seems to work. You can’t help but love him.

This book begins years earlier than the other books in the series. It takes you on a trip back in time, to when King was first sent to prison. Preppy, along with Bear, were left to try and hold everything together in his absence. While managing his Granny Growhouse “start-up”, Preppy focused his energy on trying to figure out a way to adopt King’s child.

When one of his growhouses gets robbed, Preppy comes to the rescue of Mirna, one of his “grannies”. Low and behold, it is Mirna’s own granddaughter, Andrea, that unbeknownst to her, set her grandmother up to be robbed. While her junkie friends manage to sneak away, Andrea, aka “Dre”, does not.

Dre is at an all-time low in her life. She’s a junkie. She’s suffered unspeakable acts at the hands of her supposed “friends”. She’s betrayed those that she loves the most, including her own grandmother. With her own actions haunting her every waking moment, she decides to end her life.

When Preppy prevents Dre from taking a dive off the top of the water tower, he is immediately drawn to the pain in her eyes. Her suffering speaks to him and he finds himself wanting to be the cause of her tears. Yet, as time passes and Dre gets clean, his feelings for her grow into much more.

These two were a train wreck right from the start. Both of them were damaged and scarred by their pasts. It was the fact that they were both so broken that actually made them perfect for each other in so many ways.

I’m not going to lie and say that this book was perfect. It definitely isn’t a rainbows and unicorns type of story. It is their imperfections that define these characters and their actions…and their actions are definitely imperfect.

Toward the end, their is one scene that will put off a lot of readers. I was so angry at both Preppy and Dre – but mostly, Preppy – that I had tears in my eyes. You’ll want to scream, “How could you?” At the same time, it is that exact type of emotion-invoking scene that make a book great. Man, will it make you feel!

Overall, I thought it was a great book. I am looking forward to the next part of Preppy and Dre’s story. I can’t wait to see how everything will come together now that the rest of this cast of characters have settled into domestic bliss. It will be interesting to see how Preppy and Dre fit in or if they can work past their issues for the long haul. I’m betting that they can.

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