The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington

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Book: The Fortunate Ones

Author: Ed Tarkington

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommended For…: Historical fiction fans

Publication Date: January 5, 2021

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Pages: 320

Recommended Age: 16+ (sexual content, romance, law breaking behavior)

Synopsis: When Charlie Boykin was young, he thought his life with his single mother on the working-class side of Nashville was perfectly fine. But when his mother arranges for him to be admitted as a scholarship student to an elite private school, he is suddenly introduced to what the world can feel like to someone cushioned by money. That world, he discovers, is an almost irresistible place where one can bend—and break—rules and still end up untarnished. As he gets drawn into a friendship with a charismatic upperclassman, Archer Creigh, and an affluent family that treats him like an adopted son, Charlie quickly adapts to life in the upper echelons of Nashville society. Under their charming and alcohol-soaked spell, how can he not relax and enjoy it all—the lack of anxiety over money, the easy summers spent poolside at perfectly appointed mansions, the lavish parties, the freedom to make mistakes knowing that everything can be glossed over or fixed?
But over time, Charlie is increasingly pulled into covering for Archer’s constant deceits and his casual bigotry. At what point will the attraction of wealth and prestige wear off enough for Charlie to take a stand—and will he?
The Fortunate Ones is an immersive, elegantly written story that conveys both the seductiveness of this world and the corruption of the people who see their ascent to the top as their birthright.

Review: Overall, I really liked this book. I really liked the story and was captivated from start to finish. The book was well done, the character development was amazing, and the book did well to not drone on about the politics.

However, I did feel like the book did need some work for the world building. I also felt like there were moments where the pacing did slow down a lot.

Verdict: It was good!