Knopf, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
ifteen year old Fitz, named for F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a good student, a good son to his single mom, a good friend ... and a bit of a mystery, because no one knows that he's bought a gun and is about to kidnap his father. He's never met his dad, never talked to him, and never received a letter from him. Now he's moved back to St. Paul and lives only a bus ride away. He may not want to know his son, but his son wants to know him.
n a school day just like any other, Fitz hops a bus early so he'll be outside his dad's apartment when he leaves for work. He holds a gun on him, takes his wallet which is freely offered, and climbs in the car with him. His dad doesn't recognize him. He doesn't know his own son is holding him hostage.
fter years of unanswered questions, Fitz is going after answers. Sometimes lack of communication can result in acts of desperation. Fitz wants to know what kind of man fathers a son, pays for his support, but never wants to see or know him. He knows Annie is a good mom, but his dad chose not to be a dad at all. What Fitz finds out is not flattering to his father or his mother.
his is the story of a relationship that went wrong and that no one fought to fix. Cochrane manages to step right into the skin of his character. If you're a Chris Crutcher fan, you'll be glad to find another author who is sympathetic to teens as they struggle to find truth in their lives.
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