Fiction - Urban
377 Pages
Reviewed on 05/13/2014
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Bio Jevon E. Thompson
Morristown NJ native, Jevon E. Thompson earned his B.A. in Psychology, with minor focuses on music and communications, from Milton WI. In the 1970's as a drummer, he did an apprenticeship with the Duke Ellington Band. While drumming with Chicago Bluesman and Handy Award winner Luther Allison, he played with many other artists such as Marvin Gaye, Bonnie Raitt, and Freddy King.
Jevon spent four years in Hawaii during which time he played with many headliners who came to the islands, worked as a commercial fisherman and taught sixth, seventh, and eight grade English.
Jevon Thompson is an internationally known motivational speaker. Acknowledged by the Regan White House and youth organizations throughout the United States, Canada, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
In the 1980's, he made guest appearances on ABCs "All My Children," and an WLS-TV Oprah Winfrey special with Michael Jordan produced by Charlotte Kopp. His educational videos included “Waking Up From Dope,” “Parents Are the Answer,” “Say No Elementary,” and “Love Your Liver!”
Jevon’s first novel, "Crutches,” was selected as a 2014 "Honorable Mention" award winner for Urban Fiction for the Peoples Favorite Book Awards. A 1957 period piece, “Crutches” is the story of a black middle class family struggling to stay together. Vivian and her two sons, Robin and Little Von, move to the Frederick Douglass projects for a new start in life. However, their new start turns into a struggle for survival for which they were not prepared.
Jevon's second novel "The War Of Heaven and Earth," is the story of two powerful volunteer angels who are born into black families. They grow up and began to follow their missions to aid Earth’s humanity escape the plight planned for them by the dark fallen angels Baal and his minions from the House of Baalinia.
Other co-author writings include New York Times bestseller “Chicken Soup For the College Soul,” and “Teen Power Too!”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

When things get tough, we all look for something or someone to lean on; some turn to booze, drugs or money while others discover that family and friends are best to hold them up. Jevon E. Thompson tells the story of a family struggling to stay together and lean on each other in Crutches. Ashamed of herself and knowing that she can do better, Vivian decides to take her two children and move out of her parents’ house. If she is going to be able to fight booze, she’s going to have to make up her mind to do it on her own. Robin and Little Von, her two sons, are not particularly trusting of their mother’s ability to stay sober, and therefore have battles of their own to fight as they try to adjust to life in “the projects.” As 5-year-old Little Von looks at the scary world around him, he learns to lean on his older brother Robin. Robin has the typical struggles of a high school teen to face, but with the added pressure of having to take care of his little brother while their mother struggles to straighten out her life. As each work their way through their own personal battles, will they be able to come together and find strength or fall prey to the harsh living of the projects.

Crutches is a novel that is full of both triumph and tragedy. Jevon E. Thompson expertly weaves and intertwines the lives of this struggling family into a tangled web of conflict which is nearly impossible to survive. All too true of Afro-American culture in general and especially in 1957, the gripping truth of this story is very real. Thompson does an excellent job of contrasting different lives around Vivian, Robin and Little Von as a measuring stick against which the reader can see their progress and understand the pressures that are in constant motion around them. Every individual and every family has their struggles, but those who survive and become stronger have learned to lean upon those things which support them rather than continue to pull them down. You won’t have dry eyes while reading Crutches if you truly understand the depth of despair to which this family is plunged and the height of victory they achieve. Tragic, inspiring and honest!

Faridah Nassozi

Vivian had been struggling with her drinking problem for a very long time. She had to move in with her parents after separating from her husband, but this did not improve her situation. She knew she needed to be more responsible, at least for the sake of her children. She decided to get an apartment so she could become more independent and hopefully be the kind of mother she wanted her children to have. Moving into the Frederick Douglass apartments might not have been a very bad idea if it was not for the company that came with that environment. Before long, she was drinking again. On many occasions, her teenage son Robin had to be the mature person in the house and take care of his five-year-old brother Von. However, the situation improved tremendously when she met Bill; she stopped drinking and everyone was happy again, until a tragedy struck.

Crutches by Jevon E. Thompson is a really touching story about a woman's fight to defeat her demons and how her drinking brought great suffering to her family. The story is compellingly emotional and you can feel the struggle of the entire family, their hopes every time Vivian seemed to be winning her fight against the bottle and their crushed dreams every time she fell off the wagon. The love that Vivian's family had for her was the pure and unconditional kind that stands by you, no matter what; to her mother and father she was always their little girl, no matter how many times she disappointed them, and Robin and Von were brave beyond their years.

Kathryn Bennett

Crutches by Jevon E. Thompson takes place as Vivian shocks everyone after dinner with the plan to move. While it may not seem like a big deal, for Vivian it is. She is an alcoholic with two sons and has been living with her parents. By living with them, she knows she is allowed to take advantage of that fact; she can trust that her parents will be there to take care of her boys when she goes out drinking and through the process of recovering from that drinking. So she has found an apartment in the Frederick Douglas housing projects and her children do not welcome the plan - they are scared. It is 1957 and they have to learn a whole new set of rules in the projects.

This was an interesting read with an interesting story to it. I have always enjoyed books set back in the 1950s - a different time from us and yet they have some of the same issues. I admire Vivian for taking hold of her life, but it was Von and Robin that I felt the most attached to throughout the story. It is always the children in situations with the parents being less than perfect - isn’t that every parent? But really this was a touching story to read and I applaud Jevon E. Thompson for this well written book. I hope there will be a follow-up; I know I will read it. Touching stories that are well written like this one will always have a place on my book shelf.