But after a brutal attack prompts him to fight back in a fit of rage, things start to turn around for the young boy. He shows promise joining the swim and wrestling teams in school, and begins to grow into the tall and physically fit body he inherited from his father.
Just when Anthony's situation seems to be getting better, however, tragedy strikes his life yet again. In order to put the pieces back together, he turns to some of the strong female figures in his life. But it's the one girl whom he least expects who may have the power to heal him-shedding his image as the illegitimate son through the magic of love and helping him leave his tragic childhood behind.
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First of all I will say this there are a lot of things I loved about this book, It was a great coming of age tale, in which the author explores a lot of different social issues, and over coming adversities, the loss of loved ones and battling through the tough times. The story flowed well and you will actually like these characters.
Even when you don't like the situation, the characters are still likeable and make you root for that happy ending.
There were only a couple of things that were off for me, the speech the characters used was too grammatically correct, no one I know ever talks that way. As much as I loved the story I found the last few chapters of the story where rushed and actually not needed in the story, for me it took away from the story, I would have been quite happy to have had the story finish after the trial and leave it at that. With a book with so many different social hot topics already peppered through the book I though adding that one more to the pot at the end was over kill. All in all I thought it was a very good book, and have already recommended it to several of my friends,
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating
Life has never been easy for Anthony, the secret love child of a well-known US general and his beautiful mistress. After his father perishes in a plane crash, his cancer-stricken mother, Yuni, is forced to move with him to a tiny New York City apartment. And to make matters worse, he's flagged as an easy target for neighborhood bullies, who constantly terrorize him inside and outside of school.
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Harold J. Fischel, a graduate of Washington & Lee University and the NYU School of Law, has lived and worked on four different continents. His family fled the Netherlands shortly after the Nazi invasion, moving to Curacao and Aruba before settling in the United States in 1952.
After law school, Fischel served the US Army in Germany, later retiring as a captain. Since then, he again lived in the Netherlands, before returning to the United States to work for the US subsidiary of a Chinese company.
Fischel is now retired and living in Michigan with his wife, Jan, and their beloved Labrador retriever. He has two daughters, five wonderful grandchildren, and two great sons-in-law. Since retiring, he has published two novels and is working on a third.