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Unsigned Hype: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2009
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Enter filmmaker and author Booker T. Mattison and his debut novel, Unsigned Hype.
From a reader's perspective, the book doesn't miss a beat; I read the book in one sitting, captured by the music backdrop, the tight writing, the well developed characters, and the drama that ensues well to the end of the novel.
As a person, the book touches me because it meets the youth where they are, where their dreams are, where their trips and stumbles through life are, and it shows youth that having faith, having God is important. That with him and your faith, you can still have your dreams--even if they're a little altered due to their journey.
I definitely recommend this book to all readers interested in a strong story and an equally strong message. Looking forward to see what Mattison puts out next.
While Tory is living a dream, Fat Mike is basking in the mini glow this competition has thrown their way. However, when they don't win Mike becomes sour and agitated that Tory, now known as Terror Tory, gets a hook up to make beats and produces some of the local talent. Unsigned Hype is a great read for all, especially today's youth who do not exactly live in the best neighborhoods but still have a dream. Mr. Mattison incorporates religion, morals and caring parents in this urban novel; where everyone feels right at home. This is a feel-good story about our youth and helping them to help themselves.
I recommend this book to readers of all genres and ages and will be passing this one on to my daughter. Unsigned Hype gave me a warm feeling as the story unfolded and walked me through the life of a teen growing up and the challenges as well as obstacles he had to face. Making the right decision is hard especially when you are unsure of your purpose in life. Pick up a copy.
Reviewed by: Cheryl Hayes
The story is told through the voice of fifteen-year-old Tory, who has been fatherless since he was a small boy. His dad was murdered while coming home from tutoring a student. Moms had done her best to rear her three sons with good moral values and manners.
Tory inherited his dad's love of music and of being a DJ. He has his dad's old record collection of over 800 discs. When Tory mixes the music for a friend of his who has hopes of being a rapper, they enter a contest and win. However, a big producer picks up Tory but leaves his friend behind.
Tory catapults to instant star status and is surrounded by people with no scruples: sexually promiscuous, drug dealers and users, and those involved in other dangerous activities. It's easy to get taken in when the big money starts coming in and thousands of people are shouting your name.
Moms fears that Tory, screen name Terror Tory, will lose his footing and she enlists the help of Mr. Lord who taught with her husband and attends the same church she does.
Tory is be-smitten by Mr. Lord's daughter, Precious.
"Precious Lord is really her name? You've got to be kidding me."
With Moms' love, the attention and influence from Precious, and the fatherly advice from Mr. Lord, Tory learns the true meaning of integrity and truth.
I wish every teen would read this book ... and their parents too.
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This is my first Booker T. Mattison book and it will not be my last. Mr. Mattison's voice and storytelling capability is unique and powerful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SircleMemphis
Awesome book for young adults and teens. I'm 30 plus and I loved it. A fictional story about urban society, family, the music industry, and the Kingdom of God. Read morePublished 19 months ago by steve
This book was awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed reading how a kid can use his thinking ability for the better and not the worse. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Malaika S. Durbin
This book was well written by Booker T. Mattison. He did an excellent job in describing the urban life in Mount Vernon and the surrounding boroughs in New York City. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Twan J
A great book for middle school and high school youth! Positive, encouraaging and real. Give it to every young person you know - a perfect birthday gift or summer read.Published on April 22, 2010 by Charlotte Van Fleet
Dreams can come true, but not without a price. For Tory Tyson's family, the noble dream of expanding minds through education and demonstrating financial responsibility comes to a... Read morePublished on January 3, 2010 by The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Though "Unsigned Hype" by Booker T. Mattison is considered fiction, any person inside or outside of Hip Hop will be able to relate to this achievement in literature. Read morePublished on October 8, 2009 by S. E. Brumfield