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BEING BROTHERS by [Mike DeLucia]

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If you're looking for a heartfelt coming of age story, you should definitely read Mike DeLucia's Being Brothers. This book takes readers through the life of Jackie, an 11-year old boy growing up in the Bronx in the 70s. It specifically focuses on his relationship with his brother Sal and how their mutual love for baseball brought them together.
The fact that the brothers' story is told as a screenplay written by Mark Marino, a writer who digs into his own life to birth the character that is Jackie, makes it even more intriguing. The story within a story narrative allows us to be in a unique position where we are both an insider and an outsider, creating an intimacy that is hard to replicate.
Moreover, the author's knowledge of baseball is so vast that the game scenes could be mistaken for real-life events. But if there is something that truly warms the heart, it is the part of the story where Jackie realizes that despite appearances, his brother always had his back, from birth in fact. Needless to say, this story has a strong family theme to it, with the love and comfort of Jackie's being at the foundation of the narrative.
The book also succeeds in bringing to life the realities of male bonding and friendships, especially those formed in childhood. With the 70s as a backdrop, it almost feels like this narrative was set in simpler, sweeter times. The music titles the author adds to his scenes also add a subtle realism to them.
Honestly, the only minor thing I could complain about would be that sometimes the jump from scene dialogue to prose can be disorienting especially when Jackie is in dialogue. 
Otherwise, Being Brothers is extremely well written and easy to read. Moreover, the perspective of Mark Marino adds a layer of reality that many writers can relate to. For instance, when he catches his own grammatical errors and talks about all the rules that govern writing, he pulls any writer in. Ultimately, the author has done a great job at making us care about Mark and Jackie and even clearly see the Jackie in Mark.
Being Brothers is an thoroughly entertaining story that expertly integrates sports in a compelling coming of age story with a literary prowess that only author Mike DeLucia can pull off.

From the Author

Being Brothers is a nostalgia-driven, coming-of-age sports drama written by Mike DeLucia. The story is narrated by the character of Mark Marino, a New York-based author whose screenplay "Being Brothers" -- about a man named Jack Amato reminiscing his childhood in the Bronx in the early 1970s -- forms the bulk of the narrative. Eleven-year-old Jackie Amato always felt overshadowed by his older brother Sal, a baseball prodigy. But when coach Charlie George offers him a chance to play for the Panthers in the majors, he must grab the opportunity with both hands. As baseball season commences, Jackie must find a way to make his spot permanent in the team and take them to glory. In the meantime, he navigates school, friends, brotherly rivalry, and his childhood crush, Carmen Capriano. 

A coming-of-age sports drama at its core, Being Brothers is filled with a sense of nostalgia. Author Mike DeLucia combines baseball and brotherly rivalry to craft an engaging tale that transports you to a time devoid of iPhones, the internet, or video games, which at times feels like an ode to the 1970s. The narrative is well-paced and written like a screenplay rather than a conventional novel. It gives a unique and almost cinematic perspective to the reader, seamlessly conveying the experiences of Jackie's childhood that shaped him into the man he later becomes in life. The characters felt relatable, and Jackie's scenes with his friends provide plenty of entertaining moments. If you love coming-of-age sports stories, I urge you to check out Being Brothers.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08LGJB71H
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 10, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4872 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B08QBPT9H7
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 169 ratings

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Mike De Lucia grew up in the Throgs Neck/Pelham Bay section of the Bronx and has spent most of his life as an entrepreneur, actor, teacher, director, and writer.

He is the author of the multi-award-winning historical fiction novel, Madness, The Man Who Changed Basketball.

Mike, a green tea enthusiast, travels the world with his wife Lillian, has two children, two grandchildren, and loves receiving emails from readers. If you enjoy his books, have questions, or are interested in a book talk, please reach out:


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