Monday, September 21, 2009

#BookReview: Raising Jake - Charlie Carillo


Sammy Sullivan has never had it all together. From his crappy job at the New York Star, to his failed marriage and weekend relationship with his son, Sammy just can't seem to win. And then in one fell swoop, it gets even worse.

Fired from his job of twenty-eight years on the same day that his son is expelled from school, Sam is determined to get one thing right in his life, his relationship with his son. In one long weekend, Sam learns that Jake is one of the smartest and nicest people he's ever met. He also finds out that his divorce from Jake's mother twelve years ago left more of an impression on him than Sam or his ex-wife knew.

Visiting his father's old neighborhood, Jake finds the father he thought he knew and the grandfather he always assumed was dead. He also makes a life changing decision that will blow both of his parents away.

This book reminded me so much of Leonard Pitts' Before I Forget. I can really appreciate parent/child relationship stories and Charlie Carillo definitely got this one right.
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