The Domino Effect by Andrew Cotto

click meHow did I get the book?  Provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Contemporary

Additional Information: My copy is an “advance uncorrected proof” as the author didn’t have any revised copies available.

Synopsis: The Domino Effect is the story of Danny Rorro, a charismatic kid from Queens poisoned by the past. A series of painful defeats have left him scarred and isolated from his neighborhood, his parents, and, most significantly, the benevolent ways of his childhood when he was known as “Domino.” With great insight, imagery and wit, Danny recalls his past in Queens and his coming-of-age at Hamden Academy. This fast-paced and powerful story is rich with conflict, humor, tenderness and music – just like life, especially when coming-of-age.

200words (or less) review: The Domino Effect follows Danny in his final year Hamden Academy, a private school, he attends following the ‘incident’. The book starts with an awesome prologue that gave me high hopes for the rest of the story but, for me, it didn’t really work out.

Danny provides us with a re-cap of his first three years of high school and which leads to the main part, his last year. It’s a bit like an additional prologue before the main event.

The narration of this story is very telling, it made it difficult for me to grow fond of Danny. I was being told his story instead of being actively involved in it. Added to that I freely admit I have no concept of Queens and what growing up in that neighbourhood means.

Once you reach the main part of the story the pacing increases and I perked up. I think there is more to The Domino Effect then what I see. Queens in the 90s and Danny’s views on life are lost on me because I don’t think I have the right reference points to make the story work.

Recommend it?

Not sure.

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