Happy book birthday to The Friend Scheme by Cale Dietrich! Don’t you just love this cover? I think it does one of the most amazing jobs of depicting the feel of the novel. I just expect the kind of book that the blurb sells to us when I look at this cover. The thriller/romance aspect is so incredibly on point. I dunno about you, but this one is definitely on my list.
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.