Book Review: The Domino Effect by Andrew Cotto

by - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Title: The Domino Effect
Author: Andrew Cotto
Genre: Young Adult
Form: Kindle edition

Book Description: The Domino Effect

Book Review: The Domino Effect by Andrew Cotto

THE DOMINO EFFECT is the story of Danny Rorro, a charismatic kid from Queens poisoned by the past. A series of painful defeats have left him scarred and isolated from his neighborhood, his parents, and, most significantly, the benevolent ways of his childhood when he was known as “Domino.” With great insight, imagery and wit, Danny recalls his past in Queens and his coming-of-age at Hamden Academy. His story includes being brutalized for moral behavior, heart break at the hands of a friend, falling for a girl with a secret, a conflicted African-American roommate, privileged classmates, hostile wrestlers, regretful behavior and a robbery that threatens not only Hamden’s fragile social structure but Danny’s plans for redemption, as well. This fast-paced and powerful story is rich with conflict, humor, tenderness and music – just like life, especially when coming-of-age.

The Domino Effect Book Review

“This is a story that will make you think about your own actions in your everyday life. I think readers can get more from this book than just the pleasure of reading it. It’s about a young boy’s memorable journey growing up. I'm definitely amazed. Well done.”Ara of My Book and My Coffee

Indeed, The Domino Effect is a fast-paced and powerful story. And I mean, totally. You would think that a coming-of-age novel will be dragging and boring for most parts but not for this one. It is a journey that I think everyone should know or read about. It’s one of those stories that will surely make you think about your own life, what you did, why you chose a certain path. It will make you think about things – things that actually matter and the ones that will have an impact (good or bad and the awkward in-between).

The main character here is a teenage boy named Danny ‘Domino’ Rorro. I like him. I mean, he’s not perfect. He’s flawed but that’s normal. I liked how the author created him to be like that. A normal kid, one that has experienced a lot during the start of his teenage years but still was able to make a difference.

Brenda Divine – cool name, huh? I think so, too! She is Danny’s love interest. She’s a sensitive girl and she has a secret. :) Seriously, I am impressed on how she carried herself with a secret like that. Can’t reveal what the secret was though. But I just want to comment that it must be really hard for her to have experienced such. Thinking about it now, it must be so traumatic for her. I mean, at that age, everything is supposed to be sacred (or at least, that’s how I see it), but this happens in real life no doubt. Anyway, you have to read the book to find out. :)

The rest of the characters are all fine. It makes sense that they are included in the story. I didn’t like the wrestlers though. They are mean (being a wrestler doesn't necessarily give you the right to be mean :) ) and regarded themselves as people of importance. Right there… I got carried away again. This just shows how effective the characters are in this book.

I loved how the story ended. It’s not at all perfect but it’s close to it. It’s realistic and I’m sure, you’ll agree with me once you've finished reading the book yourself.

To sum it up, The Domino Effect is a really fantastic read. For a coming-of-age novel, this one will not disappoint. You’ll see the transformation that needs to be delivered. I love that the characters the author created are effective and that the storytelling was entertaining. To all my readers, friends and visitors, you have to check this one out!

About the Author:
Andrew Cotto is a writer and teacher who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of two novels: The Domino Effect is a coming-of-age story about a kid from Queens with a damaged past and a complicated present at a boarding school in rural New Jersey; Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery is an unconventional noir about a drifter seeking a missing person and a remedy to his family’s curse in the dawn of urban gentrification. His novels are represented by Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency. Andrew’s articles have appeared in many national journals, including the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Salon, the Good Men Project and Teachers & Writers Magazine. For the past six years, Andrew has taught composition courses and creative writing workshops in New York City. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in Literature from Lynchburg College.

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