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Meeks

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Meeks

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Julia Holmes
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Julia Holmes takes a page from Suzanne Collins — whose thriller The Hunger Games borrowed from reality TV — by imagining a world where bachelors jockey for mates, becoming laborers if they fail ”until one died of exhaustion or was yanked from the factory floor by the trailing teeth of some awful machine.” In Meeks her main character, shy Ben, appears destined to fail: He can barely talk to women, let alone romance them. Yet even though his fate seems preordained, Meeks, leavened by Holmes’ wit, never becomes grim melodrama. B+

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