Jesse Alderman is the guy that everyone knows can get them what they want, as long as they can pay. Do you need an A essay for your English Comp class? How about a doctor's note for extra time on your tests? Jesse, or "Sway" depending on who you are, can get it for you. A job is a job and Jesse happens to be really good at his.
He doesn't have time to deal with friends or cope with his mother's recent death because he is on the job. Jesse might be into some pretty unsavory things, but he's the one who brings the underbelly of society to the high school kids who don't want to get their hands dirty. He's making money hand over fist and everyone knows that he is not to be messed with, so he's fine.
That is, he's fine until he's asked to find out the likes and dislikes of one Bridget Smalley for the less than honorable jock, Ken. In other circumstances, Bridget might be the girl of his dreams, but he can't let a girl get in the way of finishing the job. The stakes are only raised when he starts hanging out with Bridget's younger brother. Jesse has put his sway above everything else, so will it matter to him if that's all he has?
This is such a cool novel. Jesse is slick, uncompromising and completely aware of the type of guy he is. That makes him a really interesting narrator, one who really knows his way around high school. Sway is like the high school version of a Guy Ritchie novel. You don't come through for Jesse, you're going to be in trouble. That doesn't mean he's a bully, he's not picking on anyone, he's only dealing with those who came looking for him. He's a calm, cool character, but he's also a total mess. I want to see if in 15 years or so he's the guy taking very important politicians out to lunch. Sway is fast moving, super smart, funny and sly.
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