His self-imposed exile from high school life is threatened when Liam, the scary stoner, reaches out to him. What starts out as a strange and unsettling encounter with the unnerving, pot-smoking teenager evolves into the sort of friendship that changes the course of a person’s life.
But as Liam drags the reluctant Justin out of his shell, Liam’s own secret is revealed.
Fearless is the story of the myriad shades of love, how to find one’s courage and the transformative power of friendship.
Justin is a geeky 15-year-old loser. He is tired of being made fun of so he avoids everyone and has no friends. His parents have gone through a bitter divorce and he lives with his mother ... his father regularly defaults on support payments so they are barely getting by. Justin spends most of his time in his room online and in chat groups.
When Justin meets Liam (who is the same age as him), he sees him as a stoner and a thug. He can't understand why Liam seeks out his friendship. They are complete opposites but become best friends. Liam gives Justin the confidence to come out of his shell and stand up for himself. Justin becomes an important person to Liam as he fights Lou. The book details their friendship and bond. There's so much more I'd like to talk about but I don't want to give away some of the plots.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. I liked the writing style. It's written in first person (from Justin's perspective) and the tone is conversational (like Justin is talking to us and telling us what's going on). It's a YA book but because of the language and some activity, I would recommend it for a more mature YA and older. The story and writing kept me interested and wanting to read more ... I didn't find it too immature for me even though it's about teenagers.
I liked the characters. Once Liam was able to get Justin to trust him and be himself, the interaction between them was funny and honest.
Justin's mother works a lot but she and Justin have a good relationship (one based on lies of omission, according to Justin). Liam's parents are also hardworking and care about their son.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.