The Friend Scheme
Part thriller, part romance, The Friend Scheme is another twisty #ownvoices YA novel from Cale Dietrich, author of The Love Interest.High schooler Matt's father is rich, powerful, and seemingly untouchable—a criminal with high hopes that his son will follow in his footsteps. Matt's older brother Luke seems poised to do just that, with a bevy of hot girls in tow. But Matt has other ambitions—and attractions.And attraction sometimes doesn't allow for good judgement. Matt wouldn't have guessed that when he makes a new friend, one who is also carrying a secret. The boys' connection turns romantic, a first for both. Now Matt must decide if he can ever do the impossible and come clean about who he really is, and who he is meant to love.

The Friend Scheme Details

TitleThe Friend Scheme
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 26th, 2020
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
Rating
GenreLGBT, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, GLBT, Queer, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Mystery, M M Romance

The Friend Scheme Review

  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars.I was nervous going into this since Dietrich's debut was a bit of a disappointment for me, but I ended up really enjoying it!It was fast paced and I never wanted to stop reading, and I was surprised at how well I connected with the characters, considering that was one of my biggest problems with The Love Interest.Another problem I had with his debut was the writing. While it definitely feels stilted at times and definitely still seems a bit amateurish, it has absolutely improved!It's not 4 stars.I was nervous going into this since Dietrich's debut was a bit of a disappointment for me, but I ended up really enjoying it!It was fast paced and I never wanted to stop reading, and I was surprised at how well I connected with the characters, considering that was one of my biggest problems with The Love Interest.Another problem I had with his debut was the writing. While it definitely feels stilted at times and definitely still seems a bit amateurish, it has absolutely improved!It's not getting a full five stars for me though because of the again, stilted writing, and I thought the whole "my family is part of the mob" thing was kind of pushed under the rug??? But if I'm being honest here, I was just reading for the swoons. 🤷‍♂️.*Thanks so much to the publisher for providing me a copy of this to review!*
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  • Tricia Levenseller
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! Dietrich has written a sweet romance with all the tensions and pressures that come from ridiculous societal norms. I laughed out loud. I growled in frustration. I rooted for Matt and Jason from the beginning. I especially love the deeper look this book takes at gender roles and masculinity. Keep breaking those walls, Cale! We’re fighting with you!
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  • ♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
    January 1, 1970
    Although I haven’t read The Love Interest I have seen the poor reviews. I really hope this author pulls a Margaret Rogerson where their first book is eh and their second book shows how awesome they actually are.
  • coriolis
    January 1, 1970
    I was really disappointed by The Love Interest but I'm willing to give Cale a second shot soooo let's do it!
  • Katrina
    January 1, 1970
    The son of a mobster and the son of a police commissioner falling in love??
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    A bit of an lgbtq take on Romeo and Juliet where feuding mob families threaten to tear two new friends apart but is any of it real or is it all part of the plan to end one regime and crown another?“The Friend Scheme” follows Matthew the youngest son of a mob boss who wishes for a way out of the lifestyle when he meets a young man who offers him a chance at friendship without the weight of family names bringing him down, but as tensions rise and blood is spilled he finds that perhaps his new ally A bit of an lgbtq take on Romeo and Juliet where feuding mob families threaten to tear two new friends apart but is any of it real or is it all part of the plan to end one regime and crown another?“The Friend Scheme” follows Matthew the youngest son of a mob boss who wishes for a way out of the lifestyle when he meets a young man who offers him a chance at friendship without the weight of family names bringing him down, but as tensions rise and blood is spilled he finds that perhaps his new ally is nothing more than a mole looking to bring down the family from the inside out. So I really enjoyed the backdrop of this relationship and the conflict it sets up for both of the boys and the internal struggle felt by Matthew as he tries to navigate this new world where he can embrace his true self and learn to stand up for what he believes in. I feel like both Jason and Matthew had a lot of really great conversations that allowed them to be vulnerable at different points of the book and talk about a variety of things from their sexualities to the pressure ones parents can put on them as they attempt to enter adulthood. My biggest critique which is causing me to flip between a three and a four star rating is the entire plot that felt like we were amping up to this big showdown that was less of a bang and more of a whimper. There were a couple of times where it seemed like we were being given subtle hints as to what was coming and I kept waiting for some sort of payoff that never arrived which became frustrating especially when all is put on the table and still there are no consequences or even mentions of what that could mean for Matthew himself and his family and the ending is tied together rather quickly with a time jump that justified there not being any more conversations on what happened which I think hurt my overall feelings toward the book. I feel like this could have been really great but managed to fumble the ending in favor of a happy resolution which doesn’t make much sense pace wise but it is what it is. **special thanks the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very underwhelming. I kind of enjoyed the drama of being part of a mob family and not being able to get out, but everything else was pretty meh. The dialogue between Matt and Jason was very stiff and never flowed in a way that indicated they were remotely comfortable with each other, let alone in love. (They said “dude” so many times, I kept waiting for one of them to say “no homo.”) The ending felt pretty forced; everything got wrapped up too neatly and too quickly.Also, we get This book was very underwhelming. I kind of enjoyed the drama of being part of a mob family and not being able to get out, but everything else was pretty meh. The dialogue between Matt and Jason was very stiff and never flowed in a way that indicated they were remotely comfortable with each other, let alone in love. (They said “dude” so many times, I kept waiting for one of them to say “no homo.”) The ending felt pretty forced; everything got wrapped up too neatly and too quickly.Also, we get it. You guys find each other hot/cute/perfect. You don’t need to repeat it 100 times.
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Why do I get like,,,, Artemis Fowl vibes?
  • Perry Jones
    January 1, 1970
    I hope this book is Everything
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