- File Size: 663 KB
- Print Length: 278 pages
- Publication Date: October 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005SJSN0C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,743,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are aspects of the book that make for a well written story. Despite some very poor choices, Darnell does come across as quite a sympathetic character, embroiled in a culture that originally seemed to offer security but which quickly becomes a burden. There’s an incredible weight of expectation on this young man and Rinaldo does manage to get the message across that the walls seem to be closing in on his bright new future and the panic that that creates in Darnell’s world.
There were other aspects of the books I found harder to connect with. There is quite a lot of jargon about football and even though this is a huge part of Darnell’s world I did think it was sometimes overplayed within the book. Additionally, sometimes I did feel that the book was slightly repetitive or circling. At 279 pages, some of it felt a little like ‘filler’ and it could have been stripped down.
Rinaldo shows promise with this title and does seem to have an aptitude for character development and a good storyline. While the book didn’t rock my reading world it was an interesting story.
** I received a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all views are my own.**
Rinaldo has a very distinct writing style. It's conversational and extremely descriptive and sometimes reads like a memoir. I easily connected with each one of the characters and the individual story lines. That said, this book is very different than a typical sports-centered fiction book. There is a lot of football talk, which in all honesty drug it down for me. I'm not familiar with nor am I interested in the fine points of the sport, and I think I would have gotten just as much out of this book without all of the football education. I was tempted to put it down at times because I couldn't stay on track during those segments of the book. However, the rest of the story kept me engaged and needing to find out how it all ended. I was very intrigued by the story of the coach's family. I can definitely see where Rinaldo used his own life experiences to draw the reader in to the plot line with coach and his family dynamics.Read more ›
I read another one of Rinaldo's books and I liked it, but this one left something to be desired for me. It has received a lot of good reviews on several different sites, but I guess I just didn't connect with the story very well. But, it does have a pretty sweet cover!
The very beginning of the book was a lot of talk about football, which I personally found hard to get through. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE football, especially college football, (I am from the south guys) but its something that I would much rather watch than read about. I get that this was how Darnell was supposed to be changing his life, but I felt that some of it could have been left out.
I really liked the premise of the book, and even some of the characters I liked, but I just couldn't connect with it like I wanted to. The ending was also pretty abrupt for me, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about that.
By no means is it a bad book, like I said, a lot of other people have really enjoyed it, but sometimes these things happen, you just can't connect with a book like you want to. If the blurb sounds interesting to you, I suggest you get the book and give it a read yourself, maybe you will find a better connection than I did.
Like I said, its not a bad book, but I couldn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to, and for that reason it only gets 2 out of 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hazardous Choices is written by Joseph Rinaldo and published by Smashwords. The novel is approximately 88,000 words and 30 chapters in length. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The author provides a great portrayal and engaging story centered around Darnell, a young man involved in a gang, desperately seeking a way out and uses football as his ticket. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by N. Budden
Perfect title for a novel who's author convinced dozens of people to "like" it, but few are wasting their money to buy it and even fewer are wasting their time to review it.Published on January 17, 2012 by G. G.
When I read the blurb, and looked at the fantastic cover for this book, I thought that it sounded a lot like the movie "The Blind Side", so I was very curious to see what twist the... Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by Books4Tomorrow
Hazardous Choices, a book by author Joseph Rinaldo (and the second I've read of his) hits HARD.
Hazardous Choices is the story about a college football player named... Read more
Hazardous Choices by Joseph Rinaldo is a story about a young man who is a member of a gang and struggles to leave it. Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by Marsha Randolph
The book moves quickly and is an easy read. I could not put it down. The author, Joseph Rinaldo. does a great job of developing the characters, especially Darnell and his gang... Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by Elliot Malach
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