Title: Surviving Elite High: Senior Year
Author: John H Ames
Publisher: Ai Press
Characters: John Ames and Nick Hawking
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Series
And you thought last year was full of drama, suspense and romance? You ain’t seen nothing yet!
After a summer of love, hard work and…ahem…cohabitation, Nick and John are beginning their senior year. However, putting the memory of last year’s turbulent events at Elite High behind them proves harder than ever. Mysterious notes begin to appear inside John’s locker. Something is definitely wrong since the writer of the notes is none other than Matthew Ward, the homicidal student who nearly killed John. Is Matthew now free to finish what he started?
As if that weren’t bad enough, a new girl at school has an obsession with Nick that makes her do terrible things, things that threaten to tear Nick and John apart at every turn. Will Nick and John ever find happiness and stability together? Or will they end up going their separate ways?
Surviving Elite High: Senior Year is one of those stories that are hard to review. Not because it is a bad story, it’s not. In fact it is a very good follow up to the first book and wraps up the story between John and Nick wonderfully. The problems is that it would be very easy to give away too much of the storyline, there by spoiling the outcome for future readers. The book picks up shortly after the end of Surviving Elite High. Nick and John are on their own, finishing up their last year of high school and planning for the future. While things start out well, they soon take a turn when the author introduces a new secondary character that causes the two young mens’ lives to change.
Nick and John’s relationship has grown even stronger, and the maturity they show, at times, made me forget that they were just teenagers still in school. They are adjusting to being on their own, juggling school and work, as well as finding time for each other. The story that follows is intense and the secondary characters play an important role throughout. While there are a few new ones introduced, some that the readers already know return. One of those is Jacob, who readers will be surprised to see has changed greatly from when we first meet him.
There are a lot of twists in this second story, and the way the author wraps up the issues plaguing the boys blew me away. Readers should know that there are some things in here that may be difficult for some to read.
Surviving Elite High: Senior Year is a well written story. The story line flows as well as the one in the first book, allowing readers to pick up right where they left off. This is the type of story that would easily find its way onto someone’s favorite pile. It is important however to know that before reading this book, however, you must read book one.
Reviewed By: Lydia