The Domino Effect

Young Adult - Action
238 Pages
Reviewed on 06/25/2012
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Author Biography

Andrew Cotto is a writer and teacher who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of two novels: THE DOMINO EFFECT is a coming-of-age story about a kid from Queens with a damaged past and a complicated present at a boarding school in rural New Jersey; OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY is an unconventional noir about a drifter seeking a missing person and a remedy to his family’s curse on the dawn of urban gentrification. His novels are represented by Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency. Andrew’s articles have appeared in many national journals, including the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Salon, Deadspin, the Good Men Project and Teachers & Writers Magazine. For the past seven years, Andrew has taught composition courses and creative writing workshops in New York City. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in Literature from Lynchburg College.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

Danny Rorro lived in the neighborhood in Queens where he has lived all his life. Danny made life fun and interesting for himself and enjoyed making others laugh. “The Domino Effect” is the story of Danny’s life and the series of painful defeats that left him scarred and isolated from his neighborhood, his parents and his childhood when he was known as “Domino”. Danny changed schools because of some problems, so he is now in Harden Academy, a boarding school in NJ. In his book “Domino Effect”, Andrew Cotto takes us inside the life of Danny through his high school years. This is a well-written, wonderful, and fast read! I liked Danny from the beginning. He reminds me of my own son. His personality is fun and witty and he is a person people enjoy having around. But life changed for Danny when he was attacked at his old school. Going to boarding school had its own quirks; a lot of issues Danny had to face and some really weren’t due to his fault. The characters in this story are fun and believable and very well developed, and they relate to each other well, keeping the reader glued to their chair because sometimes it is difficult for to take a break from reading. I just had to find out what was going to happen next with Danny!

Wow, I loved this book, and I loved Danny. I was heartbroken for him each time he had to face the difficult issues and situations that came his way. But he ended up being the hero, with his dad supporting him all the way. I think anyone would enjoy reading this fun-loving story. Why not grab a copy to read and enjoy for yourself?