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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Calvin's Contract by David Fraser is the story of a teenager who is at the wrong place at the wrong time. Calvin Singer is a normal 16-year-old teenager whose life is not normal. His mother is never with one man; she always finds a new loser to waste her time on. However, his life takes a dramatic turn when he witnesses a police chase and picks up a package full of money. Little did he know that an innocuous package would turn his life upside down!
There is a lot of money and he has no idea how he can use it. He uses some of it to make the new loser happy so that his mother is happy. But picking up money that did not belong to him was not a good idea. Now the gangster wants his money back and the police want him to become their witness. He does not want to be a part of either of them. But he does not have the liberty to make a choice. Can he still stay a normal teenager and not lose his mind? Or will he become a victim of a tug of war between good and bad?
David Fraser wrote a wonderful dramatic novel. It was indeed a drama; Calvin was such a decent kid, wanting to solve his mother’s and his own problems. He had so many redeeming qualities that you cannot help but like him. The thrill and the chase of the novel was also good, the reader is hooked from the first paragraph. Plus, the imagery and the dialogues were very well written. I will definitely read more from Fraser.