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Todd Sweeney: The Fiend of Fleet High

Narrated by: David Pratt
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Every gay boy needs an ally who will kill for him. And no boy could have a better ally than Todd Sweeney.

When Todd's best friend, Toby Ragg, is threatened by homophobic guidance counselor Ashford Squeers, Todd swings into action. But he swings just a bit too hard. Enter best pal Nellie Lovett, who has very creative ideas for making the mess disappear. But then Fleet High bad boy Ryan Plouf threatens Toby and Nellie. Suddenly, Ryan is missing, too, and local cop Tarron Littey is asking some very inconvenient questions.

Meanwhile, Toby's parents threaten to put him in a gay conversion camp. Can Todd and Nellie save Toby before the cops discover just what happened to Fleet High's worst? To find out, dig in and devour Todd Sweeney. And yes, it's okay to use your hands.

©2019 David Pratt (P)2019 David Pratt

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Interesting Take on a Classic

Dark and deliciously twisted.

Todd Sweeney just wants to take care of those around him, especially his friend Toby. When he learns of what he went through in a re-education center, he takes matters into his own hands to protect him. Along with his love interest, Nelly, they hatch a plan to save their friends, one dark plan at a time.

I loved this modern remake of a classic. This book with filled with dark humor, action, and romance. This is not your typical YA horror.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Horrifically irreverent and deeply emotional

Todd Sweeney is back from reform school to serve his last year in high school at Fleet High. The evil guidance counselor, Squeers, is trying to take over the world. He’s a bully, a bigot, racist, etc. and has it out for Todd.

Squeers pushes Todd too far and oops, too bad for Squeers.

Nellie, bless her pragmatic heart, describes Squeers as a physics problem. “He has to be converted into something.” And with a little imagination, a little elbow grease and YouTube voila! Ashford empanadas for the Ashford Squeers scholarship fund. Lol!

The ridiculous is paired with the macabre in this story. So much murder in the name of philanthropy and protection is just out there and messed with my psyche.

Which, of course, it’s supposed to do.

The audiobook narration is performed with much enthusiasm. The first chapter was a bit too screechy for me, but it does put you in the right frame of mind.

Reconciling the heavy themes (sexual assault, anti-gay, racism, sexism, power) with the joyful murders stretched me. Cuz wow. This is my first time reading this author and I wasn’t expecting anything so thought-provoking. It’s a very good satire.

Trigger alert- There are conversion therapy scenes and descriptions of sexual assault.