Here is the summary of the book:
Luke Grayson's life might as well be over when he's forced to go live in rural Tennessee with his Baptist pastor father. His reputation as a troublemaker has followed him there, and as an outsider, Luke is automatically under suspicion by everyone from the principal at his new school to the local police chief. His social life is no better. The new kid in town is an easy target for Grant Parker, the local golden boy with a violent streak who has the entire community of Ashland under his thumb.
But things go topsy-turvy when a freak accident removes Grant from the top of the social pyramid, replacing him with Luke. This fish out of water has suddenly gone from social outcast to hero in a matter of twenty-four hours. For the students who have lived in fear of Grant all their lives, this is a welcome change. But Luke’s new found fame comes with a price. Nobody knows the truth about what really happened to Grant Parker except for Luke, and the longer he keeps living the lie, the more like Grant Parker he becomes.
You tend to already form your opinion whenever you read the title of a book and read its synopsis that, you don't think even for a moment that the book might not be what you want it to be..... And that is what I felt as I finished the book...... 'The Boy Who killed Grant Parker' felt formulaic and rather tried and done with for me to really appreciate Kat Spears' narrative. For a book with such an explosive title like that the plot felt rather quiet to me.
Luke Grayson is for lack of a better word. A normal teenager. The preacher's son. And he is a troublemaker to top it off. Lady Luck definitely doesn't seem to be favoring him these days. But I liked him in the first half of the book. He is the underdog. Going to extremes to be different than what being the preacher's son entails. He is sarcastic. A little bit weird with a good dosage of snark.
Now Deliah I liked very much. She was this strange and very opinionated girl who Luke seems to banter with every chance he gets. They never really get along but she is also the only one who put up with him.... If only her character was treated better..... Really she was his only friend after the 'incident' and she just got shoved in the corner for the conventional plot to play out. Again I say - I did not like it.
The incident as I dubbed it changed everything about the story into a direction I really did not like at all. Grant Parker was a bully and Luke stood up to him. It is fairly cliche what comes next but everything goes downhill for the plot after this. Where the first half felt something good and different the latter just the old overdone high school drama.
Luke's character also became unrecognizable from what we saw before. Bland and letting others decide for him. Really I am trying to not reveal anything but the disappointment is too much.... Hence it gets 2 stars less.
"Familiar premise of high school hierarchy and a tried and done with plot. An Okay read just not what I expected"