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The Friend Scheme

RATING: ★★★★☆
TITLE: The Friend Scheme
AUTHOR: Cale Dietrich
RELEASE DATE: July 28, 2020
SETTING: Florida, US
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
GENRE(S): young adult, romance, lgbt, retelling

Thank you to NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends for my DRC in exchange for my honest review.


High schooler Matt’s father is rich, powerful, and seemingly untouchable—a criminal with high hopes that his son will follow in his footsteps. Matt’s older brother Luke seems poised to do just that, with a bevy of hot girls in tow. But Matt has other ambitions—and attractions.

And attraction sometimes doesn’t allow for good judgement. Matt wouldn’t have guessed that when he makes a new friend, one who is also carrying a secret. The boys’ connection turns romantic, a first for both. Now Matt must decide if he can ever do the impossible and come clean about who he really is, and who he is meant to love.

This was such a great modern take on Romeo and Juliet… with a twist.

Matt Miller is the son of a crime boss and he hates it! He loves his family, but while his big brother Luke is made for this life, Matt is made of softer stuff. The feud between the Millers and the Donovans and their respective territories is all consuming. When it has come to the Millers’ attention that there is this thing called the friend scheme floating around, in which Donovans and Donovan allies have infiltrated the Miller clan, posing as friends and Miller allies, Matt is devastated assuming the boy he just met, Jason, with all of his beautiful-ness, is actually scamming him, getting close only to get inside information for the other crime family.

This was so much fun to read. I loved the writing and the different twists (some I saw coming, others I didn’t). Matt and Jason’s relationship was a thing of beauty. They were constantly fighting between what their families would want and what they want, which is without a doubt each other. I loved seeing them get to know each other and explore their feelings. This is fully told from Matt’s perspective, which made me fall absolutely in love with him.

There really was nothing about this book that I didn’t love. The fade to black love scenes were tasteful and the end?!?!?! It was everything I was hoping for!


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