Oct 31

Fitz by Mick Cochrane

Book Read: April 2012
Review Written: April 23, 2012
Review to be Posted: 2 weeks early (October 31)
Book Release: November 13, 2012 by Random House Children’s Books

It’s really depressing that I won’t be able to post this for MONTHS ON END. But I’m going to give this book a good 5/5, so trust me – it’s worth waiting for.

The book is set in the Twin Cities – which, by the way, is where I live – and that already set it up perfect in my mind. I was able to mentally follow the route that the story takes. It’s really cool to read a piece set in your home turf, ya know? (Especially since, when I read this/am writing this, I am in Spain)

The tagline describes the book really well: A father. A son. A gun.

Fitz (short for Fitzgerald, yes, that one) lives with his mom and has no clue who his dad is. Well, he didn’t, but he does now. And he’s been doing a pretty good job of stalking him lately – he knows his every last elitist move. You see, his dad is a well-off lawyer, doing business right in town. And he has never made any attempt to get to know Fitz.

He’s pissed.

So, one day (perfectly planned) he essentially pulls a gun to his father’s head, and then orders him around town so that they can have some father/son bonding time. They get a great day – go to Como Zoo, eat lunch, and just talk.

What happens? You’ll have to read it to find out. It’s not all that predictable, which is a relief.

One thing I liked about this, besides the location (:D) is one of the secondary characters, aptly named Caleb. He works as a bit of humor relief, but at the same time, helps ground the story around Fitz. He serves as someone opposite – Fitz appears to the world to be fine and dandy (at the same time as he is planning on kidnapping his father by gunpoint) and Caleb is nutso to the world, but seems to have a deeper understanding.

The backstory that finds itself woven in is also nice.

I plan on picking this up in print when I see it come out. I highly suggest you do that now. Amazon is taking pre-orders, so I wouldn’t suggest waiting. :)

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