Book: The Domino Effect by Andrew Cottocategories: Book, Young Adult, Fiction, Boarding School, Bruce Springsteen, Teens, Class, Race, Music, Love, Friendship, Identity, Coming of Age
Andrew Cottoabout this book: THE DOMINO EFFECT is an award winning coming of age novel published in 2011. Author and book reviewer Joseph Salvatore wrote that the novel "is a smart and honest page-turner that returns readers securely to a legacy of American storytelling that includes Huck Finn, Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch, Holden Caulfield, Susie Salmon, and Stephen King's Gordie LeChance." I love that description since it references many of the books I admire, books that are timeless and appeal to both adults and young adults.
My readers are anyone who is familiar with the keystone experiences of adolescence: friendship, family, love, conflict, music, sports, heartbreak, and identity. The novel is set in Queens, NY and a boarding school in rural New Jersey so there is a nice juxtaposition of locations/cultures which adds to the challenges faced by Danny "Domino" Rorro throughout the novel. My favorite part of the novel is Danny's voice. He is honest and funny and unafraid to identify his mistakes (and there are plenty of them). Mostly, though, he is someone readers care about and root for, which is a good thing since he needs all the help he can get.
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