I received a copy of this book from the author, through the group Making Connections on Goodreads
8 Graduates From CalTex High is part one of a two part series that covers the lives of 8 people whose lives intertwine with each others. These 8 people cover the broad spectrum of people. . .
From the arrogant hot shot athlete that thinks he's God's gift to everything. . .
The nerd genius that doesn't get that much female attention, but the females that do pay attention to him (usually) fall for him. . .
The Playa/Womanizer that gets every female that he goes after, but he uses them(for sex, money, and other things), and once he's done with them, he dumps them like day old bread, and moves on to his next victim. . .
The class clown that gets into an epic feud with his Math teacher that lasts from his 1st day of Freshman year to his Graduation Day. . .
The Rich Spoiled girl whose had everything handed to her, and that gets everything that she wants. . .when she wants, but in her Sophomore Year, she began a feud with her (eventual) lifelong worst enemy. . .That eventually lead to an epic fight in her Junior Year that would live in CalTex High infamy. . .
The incredibly hot Mexican girl of Working Class Immigrants, who is incredibly smart, but can't find a guy that can past her hot looks. . .Until Senior Year, when she met the love of her life. . .But she didn't have the nerves to tell him. . .
The Plus Size girl of a famous Women's Rights Leader & Powerful United States Senator, whose had body issues since Elementary School. . .And by the time her CalTex High years were over, she was a severely Damaged Young woman
The Preacher's Daughter who loves being Daddy's Little Girl. . . But in her Sophomore Year, she does something that causes a rift between her and her Father that would last over a decade. . .But she also met her lifelong best friend during her CalTex Years. . .
This book will take you from their CalTex Years (and some before), thru their 25th Birthdays. . .And everything in between. . .From the highs to the lows. . .And everything in between. . .
Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars
I don't really know where to begin, I heeded the authors warning of the book having A LOT of profanity and sex, but apparently I wasn't warned enough. . .
Initially the blurb intrigued me, as I have experienced the intertwining of lives from high school. I think mostly we all have, right? I have no problem with sex in books; sex is, after all, a part of life. I also don't have an issue with profanity in the form of drugs or cursing. What bothered me were the unrealistic happenings that constantly occurred within the book and the descriptions of the lots and lots of sex that took place. To me, it seemed that 8 Graduates revolved around sex, never really delving into the deep layers of a character, just skimming the surface.
The best generalization that I can come up with is written pornography. Bad actors, cheezy lines, sex at every opportunity all rolled into a book. I swear I could hear a reverberating 'bow-chicka-bow-wow' as I continued to read. I mean, one character had sex with two or three teachers, one got blackmailed into having sex with a teacher, a threesome with a mother and daughter, two characters lost their virginity at ages twelve and thirteen, one character had sex with a State Senator to try to convince him to join a certain college, and that's not even half of it. . .and I only made it through about 30% of the book.
The format seemed more like a screen write than a book, we were given the exact amount of time the characters partook in various activities. It didn't evoke imagery, it hindered it. There weren't any characters that ignited the emotions that I look for in a book, I was daunted by the constant sex which was described in a crude manner. Very crude.
If 8 Graduates is your thing, then I recommend you have at it. Every singular book is not for every reader, I hope the author finds his targeted audience. I would not recommend this book to the YA populace.