Haze by Michael Chavez: Book Review
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Published on 06/21/2013
Andrew is a timid, obese college student who falls in love for the first time with Nat. Joy for the couple is short lived when tragedy strikes. Then Andrew's best friend, Ilario, haunted by a vicious high school hazing attack, commits suicide. Efron, who is the ringleader of the hazing, becomes a target for the distraught and angry Andrew whose attempts at revenge fail and a blackmail demand threatens to land him in jail. Years later Andrew crosses paths with Efron, now a handsome lawyer with a cocky attitude and inflated ego. Andrew unwittingly aids Efron to take advantage of a situation for his own gain. Steeled by determination and guided by the bond created with his first love, the survivor attempts to vindicate the guiltless prey that Efron seeks to destroy. Will Andrew's efforts be enough to bring peace and healing?

Haze by Michael Chavez: Book Review
Regal Crest Enterprises (2013)
ISBN 9781619290969
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (4/13)

“Haze” by Michael Chavez is the story of Andrew. Growing up overweight and very reserved, Andrew never had a chance to feel like part of a group. When he goes to college and meets his first love, Nat, everything changes.  Nat completely accepts Andrew just as he is. He also encourages him to join his circle of friends. When Nat is involved in a horrifying accident, Andrew’s life is completely torn apart. While he stays loyal to Nat, he becomes best friends with Ilario. Ilario is haunted by memories of being brutally violated in high school. Efron, the person who led the assault, shows up in Andrew’s life after Ilario commits suicide. 

Andrew is filled with anger towards Efron. Vengeance is on his mind. When an opportunity to take revenge presents itself, Andrew actually backs down but he put himself in a position of being blackmailed by a witness. Since Efron has no clue who he is, Andrew decides to drastically alter his appearance by losing weight and getting fit.  By sticking to this plan, Andrew becomes more confident and assertive, especially at work.

Encountering Efron again, Andrew sees that he is still deceptive and disloyal to those who are close to him. At this time, Andrew’s change is complete and he is unrecognizable to Efron. When Andrew’s place of work has serious allegations made against them, Efron comes into the picture as part of the legal counsel for the opposing side.  When given the chance, Efron betrays Andrew to help his side. When he realizes what happened, Andrew has to reach inside himself to see how strong he really is. He knows that by doing what is right, he will risk losing everything.

“Haze” by Michael Chavez is a very complex novel. There are several dramas unfolding around the main one. Each one is connected in some way, yet at the heart of the novel is Andrew’s story.  I was really impressed with how the author managed to tie everything together. His subplots were also very complex, and he presented them all so that they stood well on their own. Tying everything together made “Haze” stand out as an extremely well written, thought-provoking story about redemption - I highly recommend reading “Haze.”