Natasha Sinel is a writer of young adult fiction. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in English and from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with an MBA. Before beginning her career as an author, she was director of business development at Showtime Networks. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she now lives in northern Westchester, New York, with her husband and three sons. You can find her online at natashasinel.com and on twitter at @natashasinel.
Natasha has set up a fundraiser for RAINN as part of her book launch, if you’d like to know more follow the link here: www.classy.org/TheFix
As a reader, I prefer imagining characters’ looks to seeing how others think they look. However, since you asked, I had so much fun trying to figure out who would play the characters in THE FIX. My knowledge of TV and movies has suffered these last few years—tragically, I let my Us Weekly subscription expire and I’ve been busy writing, reading, etc. So, I may not have picked actors who are cool or even the right age in some cases, but I found some who I think look a bit like I imagine the characters look. Hopefully, googling “cute teen actors” won’t get me into any trouble!
Without further ado, here is my version of the cast of THE FIX:
Lucy Hale looks so cool in this photo on the left. Just how I imagine Macy. And then I found this picture of a beautiful head of dreadlocks on Pinterest. Combine the two and it’s Macy!
Rebecca is a stage actress with a ton of personality. She puts the “drama” in drama club. She’s also a bit curvy and has short white-blond hair. (It’s Emily Osment, but doesn’t she look kind of like Carrie Underwood?)
Here’s where I cheated a bit. I couldn’t find any young actors who fit the bill, but when I saw this photo of Adam Rodriguez, I thought, “Sebastian all grown up!” Imagine him at 17, thinner, and with glasses, and you’ve got…Sebastian. Doesn’t he look so complicated?
Ah, sweet blond, blue-eyed, boy-next-door Chris. Do not underestimate him, though, he may surprise you. Here you go…enjoy gazing at Alexander Ludwig.
Am I allowed to say that Macy’s fourteen-year-old brother Gavin is one of the characters I love the most in all of my writing? Well, I said it anyway. He’s awesome. Here’s the actor Jay Baruchel (again, he’s quite a bit older now, but pretend we can go back in time and cast him).
Eliza is Gavin’s best friend/crush, and even though she has just a tiny part in the book, readers find her memorable because of her energetic, sarcastic vibe. I picked GoT’s very own Masie Williams:
Pretty boy cousin Scott is twenty-four. I think I found him (Brant Dougherty). Enough said.
- “First shot out of the gate, Sinel bravely addresses tough topics, demonstrating that the weight of secrets can pull us under––and their release can save us from drowning.” —Holly Schindler, author of A Blue So Dark and Feral
- “A bewitching, beautiful, and brave debut. Readers will marvel at Macy’s resilience. Natasha Sinel’s writing devastates and uplifts, by turns. An important story of one girl’s journey to rewrite the blueprint of her own life by facing the truth inside herself.” —Carrie Mesrobian, award-winning author of Sex & Violence and Perfectly Good White Boy
- “In her YA debut, Natasha Sinel paints a riveting picture of a teenager haunted by her past and struggling with her present. Macy’s world is richly drawn, heartbreakingly real, and difficult to put down. The Fix shines.” —I.W. Gregorio, author of None of the Above
One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open. Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone. On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat, she’s thankful to have allies in her loving, laid-back dad and her younger brother.
But a conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.
The Fix follows two good-hearted teenagers coming to terms with the cards they were dealt. It’s also about the fixes we rely on to cope with our most shameful secrets and the hope and fear that come with meeting someone who challenges us to come clean.