Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One by T.M. Frazier
Series: King #5
Also in this series: King, Tyrant, Lawless
Published by Self-published on October 25th 2016
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Samuel Clearwater, A.K.A Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f*ck. He s worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he s always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he s torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves. Andrea Dre Capulet is strung out and tired. Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she s become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever. And their deaths. For most people, death is the end of their story. For Preppy and Dre, death was only the beginning."
Some may call me skeptical but after the end of the fourth book in the King Series, to say I was gob smacked with the revelation was an understatement. It is with great trust in TM Frazier and my fondness for Preppy that I downloaded this book onto my Kindle as soon as I had the opportunity to read it.
The beginning takes place in the familiar setting of the boys’ Granny Greenhouse (GG) program they have running. It is on one of Preppy’s business visits to Mirna’s home when he happens to run into her granddaughter Dre. He, of course, is in full swing, bestowing his charm and unfiltered wit on any woman in range.
The story is told in past and present tense, returning to three years earlier when Preppy met Dre. She is not in a good state nor situation when they become acquainted. Preppy being the kind of guy he is, reaches out to her. Their time together is tough and moving. In true Preppy fashion, it is his unpredictability that stands out.
I never knew true fear until I met pure evil. He wore a smile and a bow tie.
Preppy brings out the best in people. Freaking you out at the same time as making you want to hug the guy. The way his mind works is sick, twisted and incredibly caring.
The interaction he has with Mirna, is moving. The grandmotherly touch the grannies provide to the boys provides a connection to the older generation the boys had missed out on in their youth. The wisdom they share is priceless.
What does stand out in this book again is the solidarity Preppy, Bear and King have for each other. Humour intermingles with tragedy when he shares the horrific memories of his childhood. Told in a way that doesn’t downplay the life-long impact on the adult he is today. This in turn makes his actions and rationale behind them understandable.
The King series is a twisted fractured tale that keeps impressing me even when I get it in parts. This book ends at a natural point in the story where I was happy to ponder on what may be. I will be looking out for Part 2 of The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater and be ready to 1-click it as soon as it is published!
The King Series must be read in order:
4.5 Bow-tied Stars
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