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Unsigned Hype: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2009
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Mattison's novel Snitch was published May 1, 2011. Publishers Weekly said that, "Author and filmmaker Mattison's sophomore outing reads like its ready for screen adaptation... Mattison has a superb ear and his skills keep on growing." His debut novel Unsigned Hype was published in June 2009 and is in its third printing. Producer Stephanie Allain Bray ("Hustle and Flow," "Black Snake Moan" and the forthcoming "We the Peeples") is attached to produce the film adaptation of both books.
Mattison received his Master of Fine Arts in film from New York University and his Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Norfolk State University.
Mattison has taught Literary Criticism at the College of New Rochelle in New York, film production at Brooklyn College and Advanced Directing, Screenwritng and Directing Actors at Regent University in Virginia.
Top Customer Reviews
Enter filmmaker and author Booker T. Mattison and his debut novel, Unsigned Hype.
From a reader's perspective, the book doesn't miss a beat; I read the book in one sitting, captured by the music backdrop, the tight writing, the well developed characters, and the drama that ensues well to the end of the novel.
As a person, the book touches me because it meets the youth where they are, where their dreams are, where their trips and stumbles through life are, and it shows youth that having faith, having God is important. That with him and your faith, you can still have your dreams--even if they're a little altered due to their journey.
I definitely recommend this book to all readers interested in a strong story and an equally strong message. Looking forward to see what Mattison puts out next.
While Tory is living a dream, Fat Mike is basking in the mini glow this competition has thrown their way. However, when they don't win Mike becomes sour and agitated that Tory, now known as Terror Tory, gets a hook up to make beats and produces some of the local talent. Unsigned Hype is a great read for all, especially today's youth who do not exactly live in the best neighborhoods but still have a dream. Mr. Mattison incorporates religion, morals and caring parents in this urban novel; where everyone feels right at home. This is a feel-good story about our youth and helping them to help themselves.
I recommend this book to readers of all genres and ages and will be passing this one on to my daughter. Unsigned Hype gave me a warm feeling as the story unfolded and walked me through the life of a teen growing up and the challenges as well as obstacles he had to face. Making the right decision is hard especially when you are unsure of your purpose in life. Pick up a copy.
Reviewed by: Cheryl Hayes
Tory, the youngest son, is a burgeoning entrepreneur; he is a DJ for local events and produces music tracks for local artists. Tory's formal musical training and love of hip-hop merge to make him the hottest young producer around. When fate blends with preparation, Tory is discovered by hip-hop's finest, MixMaster Magic, and is given his own spot on one of New York's infamous hip-hop radio show.
At the age of 15, Tory is suddenly plunged into the raw side of hip-hop culture and discovers the backlash of resentment and jealousy, which seem inexplicably linked with success. He must now decide who he is, what his music represents and what obligation, if any, he has to the community as a whole.
Here, Booker T. Mattison scripts a multifaceted masterpiece in easy fashion. Told in first person, Mattison manages to realistically capture an adult world through teen eyes and emotions. The beauty of this work is that Tory is not left to filter through life's chaos on his own: his mother, a close family friend, his brothers, and, possibly, his future wife, provide an alternative to what the streets determine his life should be. Ultimately, the decision about his life's path is one that only Tory can make.
UNSIGNED HYPE is a must read especially for teenagers and young adults. Never preachy, it is an honest and engaging story about life's choices and the subsequent ramifications.
Reviewed by a. Kai
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This story clearly shows the slippery slope that one must travel when fame and recognition comes your way. The more naive you are, the harder it is to stay clean. Mr. Mattison did an excellent job showing how teens can still keep their heart right in the midst of temptation and how even the best kids can get hit with the worst knocks if they're in the wrong place at the wrong time or hook up with the wrong people. I loved the young girl in the story, Precious Lord. Yeah, that was her name. Cute, eh? She was great for Tory and so was her father. The strength of family and love from people who have integrity and good character shines brightly throughout this novel. I found it very inspiring when contrasted with the emptiness of what the world pushes at young people. For that Mr. Mattison gets high marks from me! I hope to read the next book in his series. If it's half as good as this one I'm in for a treat!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my first Booker T. Mattison book and it will not be my last. Mr. Mattison's voice and storytelling capability is unique and powerful. Read morePublished 13 months ago by SircleMemphis
Awesome book for young adults and teens. I'm 30 plus and I loved it. A fictional story about urban society, family, the music industry, and the Kingdom of God. Read morePublished 13 months ago by steve
This book was awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed reading how a kid can use his thinking ability for the better and not the worse. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Malaika S. Durbin
This book was well written by Booker T. Mattison. He did an excellent job in describing the urban life in Mount Vernon and the surrounding boroughs in New York City. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Twan J
I loved everything about this book by Booker T. Mattison, award-winning film writer and maker, award-winning novelist, professor and family man. Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by Gayle G. Lin
Unsigned Hype is a thrilling novel that entitles the story of dreams and success at a young age. Young Terror Tory, as he calls himself in the novel, is raised by his mother after... Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Urban Teens Read
A great book for middle school and high school youth! Positive, encouraaging and real. Give it to every young person you know - a perfect birthday gift or summer read.Published on April 22, 2010 by Charlotte Van Fleet