Release Date: April 15, 2008
Rating: 5 stars
At first glance, Alex Miller seems like a typical teen – typical hair, typical clothes, typical hobbies. Look closer, and you’ll see that his life is anything but typical – for Alex, fitting in has become a matter of life and death. The unfortunate witness to a murder, Alex can’t forget the things he has seen, and neither can the man he helped put in jail. The Witness Relocation Program has changed the identities of Alex and his mother repeatedly, and they need to keep running to stay one step ahead of his enemies. His latest identity as a skateboarder in Virginia Beach is no easy ride – nosegrabs, ollies, and kickflips are all new to him. Alex has to catch on quickly to blend in – but the biggest trick he’ll have to master is staying alive.
Fakie was an absolutely brilliant read. I had heard about it, was excited, then saw how short it was and got a bit nervous. I don’t know why I ever worried, I was captivated with every page.
The story was just so interesting. It is told in alternating perspectives between Alex and the killer. It is super fast paced, with page 1 Varrato has readers diving in head first and it doesn’t slow down at all. For as short of a book as Fakie was, it definitely had a lot of punch and one heck of a story.
The characters were also really well written. I had a really easy time connecting with them. I thought that Tim was a super great character. Alex was a really strong character.
Fakie is a book I would recommend 100%. It was one of those hidden gems – an overlooked book that I hadn’t heard much about. I will be very anxious to see what Tony Varrato will come up with next.
Cover Rating: B – This is a cover that is alright, I don’t real have strong feelings for or against it.