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Mario 2: Coming of Age (Ambulance Chaser) Kindle Edition
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It starts as a coming of age story for young Mario and then starts to morph into this kind of Karate Kid story as Mario takes karate lessons from a man named Cosmo. Being poor, Cosmo states that if Mario brings him enough customers that Cosmo will give him a job. Mario navigates his world, living amongst gangs and poverty, and the snake-of-a-lawyer Harry.
My favorite lines from the book:
Carmen: Where’d you get the flowers?
Mario: I got ‘em for you, auntie
Carmen: What did you do wrong?
The heart of this book really revolves around the relationship between Mario and Aunt Carmen. It’s admirable the way Mario strives so hard as a young man to help her and himself out.
Again, Hatcher does a great job with his description, dialogue, and language. From the very start of the novel, Hatcher really draws you into this world. It’s a different world from the on-the-border towns of the 50’s, but that doesn’t mean the current setting of LA in the 1960s-70s is anything less than great. I also love how the book doesn’t just follow Mario at one age, but it goes over many years – making this somewhat of a coming of age story.
I was very satisfied with the end of the novel, especially the epilogue. I can’t wait to find out what comes next with “Mario 3: Risky Business.”
This is a story of love, responsibility, jealousy and finally, revenge that unfolds as the years fly by. We see the time change irrevocably, as does Mario’s good fortunes. Yet one thing stays the same—Mario’s determination to better his aunt’s lot in life. Everything he did was to provide for his aunt. He was obsessed with making her life better. The author’s style is as conversational as barber parlor gossip. His main characters ring true in their environment, and while one is empathetically human, the others may be hard to like, but impossible to forget.
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