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Nick Pearson is pretending to be someone he isn’t. Not high school pretending. Witness Protection pretending. And the #1 rule is “stay low-key”. But, when his sole friend Eli dies in the school’s journalism room under mysterious circumstances, and Nick stumbles upon the conspiracy Eli planned on exposing, staying low-key takes a backseat to staying alive.My fingers hurt. I've been making grabby hands after this book for WEEKS now. I'll admit, when I first saw the cover, I was dismissive. I thought it was cool that the person on the cover was black, and I loved the colors, but it looked like an inner-city book to me. Now, books about POCs in the inner-city are fine, but they're not for me. I wanted a minority main character who doesn't live in the slums or the ghetto or whatever.
Newspaper Nerd Eli had a secret, an in-the-works story codenamed “Whispertown”. And it’s got a lot of folks interested. Like corrupt cops, the town’s shady mayor, and certain high-ranking government officials. Teaming with Eli’s estranged (and gorgeous) sister, Nick sets out to unravel the mystery and still maintain his cover. He’ll have to use all the deviant skills he’s gained from his racketeering dad, assassin godfather, and their Serbian gangster boss to find the truth. However, each clue brings him closer to answers he may not want. Whispertown is bigger than he could have ever imagined, and in its shadow stands a killer…a killer Nick fears may be his own father.
Then I read the description and freaked the heck out. Witness Protection! Murder! Justice! Assassins and Serbian gangsters! All manned by a minority character. YES YES YES! I requested a digital ARC on Edelweiss, so now I can only wait and try not to writhe from longing.
What do you think of Fake ID? Does it interest you? And what book are you wishing for this Wednesday?