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The Hidden Ones: The Spotlight 1. The Hidden Ones

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Imagine your perfect life. What’s it like? Are you rich? Are you popular? Do you have a million cars? Well 17 year old Teddy Haner doesn't have to imagine. Being student body president, and captain of his lacrosse team…he has everything! However when a new mysterious friend flips his world upside down, and starts to ascend to stardom, he finds that there’s a lot more to life than popularity.


2017, Ace

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Sam Wyer

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

OK, let's get the 'only 4 stars' thing out of the way first.  This is a good story, and I'm not at all hesitant in recommending it.  But I really don't like the ending.  This isn't about the content, but about the style.  I think Ace has sold himself short at the last moment.


So, this is a story about love, although maybe not a love story.  The kind of searingly painful, cutting, and desperate love that only soulmates, no matter what their origins, can experience.  The broken and chaotic reality that Ryder and Teddy share is sometimes painfully well observed, and there's certainly no shortage of drama should you ever feel as though things are settling down.  Ryder and Teddy are also very well written characters, who you will most likely find yourself caring about just a little too much for your own comfort.

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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

Great story about the rejected kid and the most popular one in school and what they want in life.


 but keep a box of kleenex nearby for some of the chapters.


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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

This is a slice of reality of broken people. The ups and downs of growing up. Well written, but it is another soul-bruising offering from an author known for them. How Ace can so eloquently write both the bully's life, and living with mind shattering level of depression is is miraculous to me. You will need stock in a tissue company if you are prone to crying. Ace's writing makes me care too much about the characters he writes to not finish the story.

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   4 of 5 members found this review helpful 4 / 5 members

A beautifully tragic tale that shows how people are treated results in how they react to the world. When Mr. Popular Teddy finally took the time to notice the school reject Ryder and treat him like a human being, he saw the kid behind the black and found love. However, life isn't always rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes, there are things in the shadows that nobody will ever see, no matter how much light is shone on them. Sometimes the mind tricks the heart. 

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