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The Guide Review!

I would love to thank Justin Chandler for allowing me to read and review this amazing book!

From the start, I could not put it down.

The characters were very developed and I think I feel really strongly towards Garron. He’s captivating and mysterious and really cares about Nick. Nick reminds me of when I was in high school, so he was extremely relatable to me. He didn’t care much for school, or about staying out of trouble, and that was me all the way.

The idea of having a guide through your first year of high school would’ve been amazing. Someone to help you realize the potential you really have and how important it is to know yourself.

Garron is definately my favorite character from the start.

Mr. Chandler definitely has a way with words, there was never a dull moment. (At least for me) The whole book I was sitting at the edge of my seat, so eager to find out what happens next.

I recommend this book, it’s a really good read!

You can buy the book on amazon : amazon.com/…Justin-Chandler/dp/1522791566


The Guide Author interview!

Author Interview: Justin Chandler

Can you tell me a short summary about your book?

It’s about a high school freshman, Nicholas Forsythe, who has more or less become apathetic about school and life and his parents attempting to curb his attitude by bringing in a mentor figure. The mentor, Garron, is considered a “guide,” which is ritualistically given to students in the area to help in similar situations and prepare them for life beyond high school. As Nick becomes suspicious about who Garron is and how he seems to show up at the right place at the right time, he eventually learns that Garron is from the future, specifically his future self. All is well until one of the other guides in the program, Ambrose, threatens to go renegade and expose the program to other students, who are meant to be oblivious to the process. It’s up to Nick and Garron to prevent this revelation to leak out and save the future.


What is the insight on the main character?

He’s a relatable character, especially if you are a young reader. There comes a time in everyone’s life where they begin to feel burnt out or “lazy,” his just happens to come at a bad time in regards to his education. Naturally, this feeds into his skepticism of Garron and his guiding practices, and his discovery of who Garron is and why he’s there completely shifts his perspective. I want readers to take away both the good and bad aspects of the character, that way they can take solace in their own maturation and anxiousness of what the future holds for them.

Which character do you relate to the most?

Garron, mostly. He’s picking up the pieces of his life after so many setbacks and circumstances and trying to make the most of it. Plus, his cadence and speech is modeled after mine so I suppose there’s another layer of association.

Where do you get your inspiration?

For the realistic portions of the novel, from real-life circumstances. But some of the more sci-fi elements are inspired by years of playing sci-fi based games like the Metal Gear Solid series.

What do you do when you get the bad case of writers block?

Coffee and jogging. Coffee is just so therapeutic to me, especially mid-afternoon. Otherwise, I enjoy taking an evening jog to clear my head, or go practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a few hours to compartmentalize my thoughts. I recommend it for anybody.

Are there any authors that inspire you, or you look up to?

J.K. Rowling was always my go-to author growing up, but I really looked up to Gary Paulsen, Harper Lee, and F. Scott Fitzgerald for using their respective environments for literary fuel.

Is there any advice for up and coming authors?

Prepare for long nights of revision and dunking yourself in coffee. But in all seriousness, enjoy every moment of the writing process and take pride in your work, no matter what the end result may be.

How long have you been writing?


I’ve been writing on and off for about four years now.

What is or was the hardest part of writing?

Keeping a good rhythm going, my mind tends to wander at times so I need to stay focused.

What genre is your book?

Young Adult Science Fiction.

I know we talked about your favorite authors, but what do you like to read in your free time?

The majority of my reading time nowadays is spent reading educational philosophy books and anything related to teaching middle grades. But I’ve started getting back to reading more fiction. As of this moment, I’m reading The Chocolate War.

What are your current projects?

To be decided, since my main focus is finishing my teaching degree. But I am working on publishing more short stories, perhaps as a “Short Story Sunday” deal.

What can we, as readers, look forward to seeing as your writing career progresses?

Expect to see more in-depth, inspiring, and enjoyable works coming out in the near future, perhaps even some more expository stuff as shown on my blog.

Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you for all of the continued support over the past few years. I treasure each person who has taken the time to read my works and share amongst friends and colleagues. I owe all of my success to you, and I am blessed.

How can readers discover more about you and your book? Via Instagram, Facebook, website, blog?

Instagram: chan_man94

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theguidenovel/?view_public_for=1544192199204520

Twitter: @ChanMan94

Blog: http://chanslog.wordpress.com

The Guide

The Guide 

by: Justin Chandler

Summary from Amazon:

“Know yourself.” Nicholas Forsythe never knew how important those words were at his first year at Glenoak High School until he met Garron. After he is given a mentor by his parents to help guide him through his rebellious phase, Nicholas is initially skeptical of Garron’s methods. Who is he? How does he know so much about Nicholas without meeting him? As Nicholas works to find the answers to these and other questions about the guiding process, he soon uncovers a deep secret about Garron and the guides: they are from the future, working for the mysterious Determinant Industries in an attempt to fix the perils of the past. All is well with the program, but when a brooding figure from Garron’s time threatens to unravel the very events of history, it’s up to Nick and Garron to not only save their lives, but also the entire fate of the future. Through strained friendships, inner battles with identity and free will, and watching the entire world around him morph and change to the whims of an evil dictator, Nick discovers the true meaning of choice and the sacrifice involved in order to truly “know yourself.”



Sunset. The bridging between the follies of day and the unexpected ventures of night.

A man, tall and lean in stature, stepped through the thresholds of a plate glass door, shutting down the ominous purple light peeking behind him. He looked at his suit. Finely crafted, tailored to his unique size and stature. Black shoes, shined for the occasion, leading to pressed navy pants and a black belt. Covering his torso was a light blue shirt, casual blue tie, all held together with a snug coat. He continued walking forward through the white room. A young woman, holding a clipboard, met him immediately.

“Welcome! I see that you arrived here safely.”

“Indeed, and my belongings?”

“As request, the car you decided on is parked right outside of the building. Lincoln Continental, right?”

“Brown paint?”

“As noted.”

The man smirked, “You know me too well.”

The woman smiled, “Simply the instructions you provided us, sir.”

The man looked through the adjacent window towards the sunset. “Today is the 22nd, correct?”

“Yes, they should be expecting you soon. You contacted them, right?”

“Both of them, haven’t talked to the young one yet, but I figured it would be best to do so in person.”

“And the school?”

“Already taken care of. Did they leave what I requested?”

The woman pulled out a small black box and handed it to the man. “And you also requested this.” She reached into her pocket and pulled out a leather-bound notebook. “Still relying on this old trick?”

He smiled. “The more some things change, the more others stay the same.” He looked at his watch. “A little behind schedule, but if I know them as well as I do, they won’t mind.”

The man took his belongings and walked towards the exit. As he reached for the handle, the woman began saying, “Now, you remember the protocol, right? You’re not allowed to-“

“I know, I know,” he cut her off.”Trust me, I wouldn’t dream of it. No use in adding any unnecessary ‘additions’.”

“In that case, good luck then. With this one, you’re gonna need it.”

The man walked out of the building and entered his loaned car. He looked into the rear-view mirror, adjusted his tie, and pulled out of the driveway.

Sunset. The bridge between what can and what will happen.


Justin Chandler is an aspiring educator, currently finishing his last year at Appalachian State University as a Middle Grades Education major. Residing in Connelly Springs, NC, Justin has written short stories for years and has recently contributed articles for websites such as TheOdyssey. His twin brother, Dustin, is attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a Screenwriting major. In his free time, Justin enjoys hiking, reading, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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