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HAZARDOUS CHOICES by [Rinaldo, Joseph]
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Length: 278 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,743,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By D. Brown on November 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Hazardous Choices tells the story of a former street gang member trying to make good in a new life in a small Kentucky town. With a place on the football team, new friends and a chance to start over, things are looking up for Darnell. However, in the Summer he returns to his former neighbourhood and becomes embroiled in gang ‘politics’ and hazardous choices transform Darnell’s life once again.

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.**
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Hazardous Choices is an engaging read with an eccentric cast of characters who all bring something different to the story. There are many subplots going on that merge into the main storyline beautifully and keep the reader entranced. The only disappointment I had was the ending; it was too abrupt, although I understand why it was written in such a fashion. If you like reading about college sports and about choices that can change your life, you'll enjoy Hazardous Choices.
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"Hazardous Choices" by Joseph Rinaldo follows a young African-American who tries to leave his past life in the world of inner-city gangs to become part of the world of college athletics. In his new world, he meets new friends and new experiences, but his world of the past envelops him when he travels home to see his mother. His former gang life catches up with him as he returns to complete his education. In this intriguing, well-written story, the reader is drawn in to the lead character's double life. The few clichés do not take away the compelling but disturbing underlying message of this excellent book. Four Stars!
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Hazardous Choices by Joseph Rinaldo is a book that follows the lives of three intertwined characters. First is Darnell, a young college student, we meet him as he finishes up his freshman year at a small Kentucky school and heads back home to Chicago and a former gang-life he'd like to forget. We also follow his team-mate and best friend, as he deals with his own home life back in rural Kentucky. Finally, as readers we get to know the head coach and his family, including his teenage daughter and his 22 year old son. The story is told in segments through the eyes of these different personalities and lives that all meet up on the football field. The main plot centers on Darnell, as he heads home and has to function in the gang in order to stay alive. When he has to risk everything to get out of Chicago, things go very bad, both for Darnell and folks back in Kentucky.
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.
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**I received this book from the author in exchange for a completely honest review**

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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