Book Review : Fine Young Gentlemen

December 11, 2013 Book review 4 ★★★

Don’t be misled by the title!  The only part that is true is that they are young!  I’d prefer to label them Vile Young Brats.  But brats is a bit misleading as that implies mischievous and that is not the case, they are obnoxious.  If you are easily offended, just look away now, this book is not for you.

Book Review : Fine Young GentlemenFine Young Gentlemen by C. W. Slater
Series: Fine Young Gentlemen #1
Published by EJF Productions Inc on 25 Sept 2013
Genres: YA Contemporary
Pages: 252
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The controversial Young Adult thriller that dares to show how teenage boys REALLY think. Dark satirical fun.

Take a sick & twisted journey inside the heads of three raunchy, impulsive sixteen-year-old boys at the elite Percy College School—where status-hungry moms blackmail students, and self-absorbed administrators will do anything to protect the school’s reputation. Craig is the popular golden boy struggling to hide a terrible secret. Jacob is a creepy emerging psychopath plotting to eliminate his rivals. Sex-obsessed Matt is desperate to lose his virginity.

The first book of the upcoming series Fine Young Gentlemen.

*CONTENT WARNING: coarse language, sexuality, graphic violence including murder, mature themes. Not for children*

Please note the content warning. This is not a Young Adult romance.

First Line of Fine Young Gentlemen:

“Jacob Aberdeen had stolen one too many glances at Lisa Bradel’s tits.”

My Thoughts on Fine Young Gentlemen:

I have mixed thoughts.  I HATED the characters but the plot was ok and I enjoyed it to the extent that I never thought about DNF’ing it.  It was equal parts nasty and intriguing.  Just like eating something horrible and taking a second bite to see was it as bad as you thought on first bite.  Not that it was horrible but the characters were and I wanted to punch them hard, in their most vulnerable place.

There are three main characters.  Matt is the most likeable, he is still a little perverted but he feels the most real.  He knows he is a dick at times but he does feel bad about it and wants to be better.   I don’t like him but I don’t hate him quite as much as the other two.

Craig is the well-liked, high achiever with a ready smile.  However, he also full of hatred and capable of evil.  Behind the golden facade is a lot of darkness but he does have reasons.   I hate him but get his motives.  Jacob is EVIL.  I nearly feel the need to cross myself before saying his name!  He has all the traits of a psychopath and I didn’t see one likeable thing about him.

So yes, none of these guys are the bad boys that you often see in YA fiction that are only bad boys on the surface but inside beats a heart of gold.  The further you dig into these guys lives,  the worse they become.  And I have to admit I was a bit fascinated by how ugly and tainted just about everything in this book was.  From the selfish, egotistical adults to the narrow minded views of the boys, it was repulsive but fascinating.  I couldn’t look away!   I do think a little bit softness somewhere would have balanced out the world and added a bit of lightness and hope.

If you are easily offended by crude language you need to steer clear of this one as it’s littered with f bombs and c bombs and every other kind of bomb you can think of.  It didn’t feel out of place though as it fitted in well with the tone and feel of the book.

I was really disappointed when I came to end of the book to find there was a second book.  I think it would have worked better as a stand-alone and would like to have seen everything wrapped up by the end instead of the open ending that I was hit with.  But overall I’m giving this a thumbs up.

 

Rating Report
Characters
three-stars
Setting
three-stars
Pace
three-half-stars
Did I feel it?
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

 

Who should read Fine Young Gentleman?

If you are someone who doesn’t need to like your characters to enjoy a book and are looking for something original and different, then  you should consider giving this one a shot.  But be warned this book is not for everyone and I know some people will hate it.

Thanks to NetGalley & EJF Productions Inc for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

three-stars

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4 Responses to “Book Review : Fine Young Gentlemen”

    • trish

      No goo here! They are bad through and through (with the exception of one of them). I still enjoyed it though as they were just so horrible but don’t know if I will continue to read or not.

    • trish

      These are not ‘normal’ boys though! One is a cold blooded killer, another has the potential to be. Only one is your typical sex-obsessed boy and it was nearly a relief to see things through his eyes after the other two!

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