Con Academy by Joe Schreiber – Review

Con AcademyCon Academy by Joe Schreiber

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meet Will Shea, a con artist who has bluffed his way into one of the nation’s most exclusive private schools. But Will isn’t the only scammer at Connaughton Academy—Andrea Dufresne is there too, and the ivy-covered campus isn’t big enough for the both of them.

So they make a bet—and the winner gets more than just a high school diploma. In this twisty tale of secrets, lies, and deception—it’s hard to figure out who’s double-crossing who. May the best con win!

This book was actually a recommendation from my brother, who happens to rarely ever or never read. I checked it out at the library forever ago, never read it, and then recently I decided to give it a try again.

I thought the premise was interesting, but I’m not sure completely how I felt about it.

I enjoyed the book a lot when I was reading it, but after the book was over, it was over. There was no after book mourning and recovery, crying over the feels or book slump like there usually is when I just read an amazing book. It wasn’t life changing or made me feel like I couldn’t think anymore. Now, don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it and might recommend it to someone who is working out of a reading slump or needs something short to read, but other than that, not really special in any way.

It was a little bit over 200 pages, and though I usually have a problem with books under 300 pages long, I thought this was the perfect length. Any longer and it would have just been plain boring and I probably would have DNF it. The narrator is what kinda kept it interesting, because he was sarcastic and really didn’t think very seriously all of the time. The few characters that there were, were interesting, just not special in anyway or shined if that makes sense.

Overall, I gave this book three stars (see rating scale here). It was good, but it wasn’t outstanding.

Would Recommend for:

  • Someone wanting to read something short (less than 300 pages)
  • Someone wanting to read a book in less than a couple hours
  • Someone who is coming out of a reading slump and needs something easy to read
  • Someone who wants just lazy, easy read

Happy reading folks! More reviews coming later this week as I catch up with writing all of them!

– Lydia





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