Eddie and Andrew have dynamite chemistry.But Eddie is profoundly dyslexic, and Andrew lives to read. Andrew is pathologically disorganized, and Eddie likes things neat and clutter-free.
Andrew is desperately ashamed of his hoarder father, and Eddie is embarrassed by his lack of education–secrets that could pull them apart even as a friend’s tragedy brings them together.
When Andrew’s father’s condition deteriorates and he nearly dies because of his compulsion, Eddie and Andrew must learn compassion begins with loving oneself because Grime Doesn’t Pay.
★★★★¼ “If you enjoyed the first book, you’ll be sure to enjoy this one. If you haven’t read the first book, you can still read this without being too lost, though I recommend reading book one as it was good too!” — Prism Book Alliance
★★★★½ “The whole of the story isn’t filled with lots of twists or turns, but what it is is a story that’s relatable because it’s all about the human condition. The sum of its parts are things that could happen to anyone, could happen in anyone’s family, but what keeps it from being just an average story is Z.A. Maxfield’s conversational style of storytelling that effortlessly lulls you into its flow and leaves you wondering how it can be over before you’re ready for the end. But at the heart of it is the sweetness and romance that made me fall hard for Eddie and Andrew.” — The Novel Approach
★★★★½ “This story SPEAKS to ME. It is a story about imperfection. A story about life and its problems but written in a understated and realistic tone without having to add excessive angst or amount of sugar. It is the kind of story that touches me deeper and stays with me for a much longer time.” — Boys in Our Books
★★★★★ “In Grime Doesn’t Pay, Z.A. Maxfield tackles several tough and complex elements, all crucial to the story, the characters and the series and she handles them all with intelligence, compassion and an authenticity that educated while removing nothing from a riveting story. Maxfield’s narrative moved me to a better understanding of those burdened with these problems while highlighting the need for more education and enlightenment in the media of these issues and their effects upon our society, a powerful statement for any story.” — Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words