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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite
Patch It Up by Jim Bilderback is a story about Adam Davis, a teenager whose life is drastically changed by events that occur at the end of his graduation year. Adam and his best friend Nick share a love of pool and enjoy playing eight-ball together. Adam is a natural at the game and feels his skills can be used in a competition or to woo girls. Other than this, Adam is also living his dream when he gets an acceptance later from Princeton and realizes he might have a chance to be with Rebecca, a girl he has been crushing on for a long time. But the best-laid plans can all come crashing down. Discover what happens to Adam and his friends.
Patch It Up left me speechless and taught me many life-changing lessons. Who knew the game of eight-ball could be so profound? Jim Bilderback mentions that the story is based on his life experiences, which explains the book's realistic feel. He addresses sensitive issues like sexual consent, peer pressure, bullying, and drug abuse, but the story also covers positive topics on teenage love, true friendship, family, and patience. A bonus of reading this book is that you learn about eight-ball. The things that seem to matter when you are young all feel vain when you get older. I loved how the ending circled back to Adam and Nick and their love of eight-ball. Life is too short to dwell on the past. Instead, learn from your mistakes, patch up your relationships, and live life to the fullest.