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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite
"Davy Jones: Heavy Weight Champion of the World" by Carl A. Chase is a fictional account of what happens every day on the streets of almost any town. Drugs and corruption run loose. So goes the story of Davy Jones, a young boy who loses his mother at an early age and then his father from a drug overdose. At age fifteen it is just Davy and his grandmother Ada living in the ghettos of Chicago. They do not have much but she has raised Davy to be considerate towards other people, to finish his schooling and make something of him. As he watches his friends become more dependent on the drugs that are there to steal their young lives, he remains staunch against them, even goes to the extent of helping the police. Sent to prison for helping in a robbery he did not participate in, Davy takes up training to become what he wants to do with his life, that is, to become a boxing champion. With the love of his grandmother and Lucrecia, the only other women in his life, Davy fights for what he wants. Will Davy make the big time? Can he live among his friends and still maintain the integrity he has always stood for?
This is a small book that can be read in a couple of hours. The plot is good but the writing seemed to lack enthusiasm. There is some strong language throughout and light sexual scenes. The highlight of this book is the hand-drawn illustrations scattered throughout the text. I found them fascinating. As a first novel by the author I feel he did very well organizing the plot of the story.