The Domino Effect Paperback – April 29, 2011
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"Cotto's coming-of-age story left me invigorated, and thinking to myself, "Now, that's how you tell a story." - Underground Book Reviews
"There is an honesty and humor in these pages that doesn't come along every day, but when it does, it is something that should be acknowledged and paid forward." - Lisa Dawn Martinez
"The prologue in this has got to be one of the shortest I think I've ever read, but the most powerful. It had me wanting to start Danny's story fast and I'm glad I did." - Spellbound by Books
The Domino Effect by Andrew Cotto is a thoughtful coming of age story that quietly reveals Danny's struggle to understand ethnic polarization, first love, the meaning of friendship and how to do what he knows is right. A book for both boys and girls, I recommend The Domino Effect for readers aged 14 and up - Mother-Daughter Book Review
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- Paperback : 238 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0615479677
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615479675
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Brownstone Editions LLC (April 29, 2011)
- Language: : English
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- #37,647 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books)
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Though The Domino Effect has not seen the rampant readership like current fantasy and sci-fi novels, it should. The story chronicles the high school career, particularly the senior year, of Danny "Domino" Rorro. After a violent attack at his old school, Danny's parents enroll him in Hamden Academy, a prestigious boarding school far different than life at home. Danny manages to maintain his comical out-look on life in this new setting, though he carries scars from the past. Things begin to change for Danny when he is assigned a roommate, Terance King, the only African American at Hamden Academy. This event propels both boys into a conflict of race that tests them to the core and changes them forever.
Though the novel takes a while to warm up, the depth of Danny's character will draw you in and keep you captive. Danny's wise-cracking, street-wise Italian voice will keep you chuckling. Cotto is a master at the adolescent banter and the descriptions of Hamden, told through Danny, were pitch perfect. The tender romance between Danny and Brenda Devine is touching and heartfelt. My one complaint would be that Cotto opens with pages of exposition on the previous three years, much of which could have been dealt out later or cut completely. I fear that readers may get bogged down in the first few pages and miss the gold lurking beyond.
Overall, The Domino Effect, does not disappoint. You'll find yourself cheering for Danny through the end. But more importantly, you'll find yourself reflecting on deep issues, something that is often lacking in teen literature of today.
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