What Happened to David

Young Adult - Romance
144 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2015
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Author Biography

Award winning educator P. M. DeVuono is a teacher/writer who looks at things differently and, is bold enough (or crazy enough) to speak and write about what he has seen. Born in Chicago and educated in the midwest this educator, author, speaker, blogger, teacher trainer and published composer/musician moved to Los Angeles where he earned his Masters of Education Degree and became National Board Certified in Adolescent Mathematics (primarily Algebra) while teaching at a school for ‘at risk’ students.

Based on 25 years of teaching experience What Happened to David was written as gift to his students to tell their story, and as a message of hope for all those who have felt the pain and frustration of being bullied. You can follow P. M. DeVuono on his website and blog TeacherfromPlanetReality.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

What Happened To David is a romantic young adult adventure by P.M. DeVuono. The plot centers around Mary and David, two youngsters sent to an alternative school in Los Angeles, where it becomes quickly apparent that they have been victims of an unfair school system. As they mix with a new brand of company in the form of other misunderstood kids and the occasional hopeless case, Mary and David learn that the inside and the outside are two different things when it comes to being a struggling teen. The tough regimes in their new school are made even tougher by issues like bullying, new love, and Mary’s violent past, as she and David become embroiled in the obsessive and jealous behaviour of a dangerous gangster.

Author P.M. DeVuono presents a detailed and beautifully human view of underprivileged and misunderstood youths in What Happened To David, which left me thinking about society and the school system for a long time after I finished reading it. Whilst Mary and David’s story is engaging and quick to read on the surface – full of snappy, authentic dialogue and tense teenage action – the undercurrents and the bitter truth of life are never far away, and waiting to strike tragedy into the tale. I found the story to be well crafted and authentic, and was particularly drawn to DeVuono’s fascinating discussion about female body image in the form of character Gloria Mundi. Overall, this was a sharp and insightful novel with a lot more going on than first meets the eye.

Patrick Hodges

Every author wants their stories to be unique, and not just retreads. I hold out the hope that although there might be stories similar to Joshua's Island, there are none told quite the same way.

I just finished reading "What Happened to David", a beautiful teenage real-life love story by P.M. DeVuono. Like my own story, "Joshua's Island", it involves two young people (14-15 years old), who fallin love. David and Mary kindle their romance at an "alternative school" in L.A., in a neighborhood where gang activity, drugs, shootings and death are not a rare occurrence.

What a beautiful story. And I hope I'm not spoiling anything when I say I was crying actual tears when it ended. Really, all you have to do is move the needle a few inches on Joshua's Island, and you end up with this story. It was touching, and heartfelt, and I couldn't put it down, and I'm a total wreck right now. For those of you who enjoyed my book, I highly recommend "What Happened to David."