Raising Jake by Charlie Carillo

Raising Jake” probably isn’t a book that I would have normally picked up off of a bookstore shelf… it didn’t really call out to me as being something that I’d find interesting.  It had been free on the Kindle (of course) a few months back so I figured I’d give it a chance.  And I’m glad that I did.

Contrary to popular belief, I do read books that are non-chick books!  The two main characters in this book are men.   “Raising Jake” is about a divorced, middle-aged tabloid writer named Sammy and his teenage son, Jake (hence the name of the book).  The story starts out with Sammy being fired from his job and Jake being kicked out of prep school.  I should mention that the two don’t have that great of a relationship.  Since they now have some free time on their hands, Sammy decides to take Jake on a little weekend trip back to his old neighborhood in Queens to show him what kind of life he had growing up.  As the two men start to bond over the tales of Sammy’s childhood, Jake pushes Sammy to face some issues that he had tried to push out of his memory but that he eventually has to face.

Like many other reviews of this book that you may find online, I don’t want to give away too many details of the story because that is one of the great things about this book – you are wondering what comes next.  As I mentioned above, this is definitely not a chick book, however I am sure that women and men alike would enjoy the story of the father-son bonding that takes place and their personal growth that comes along with it.

  • http://www.charliecarillo.com charlie carillo

    i appreciate the kind and thoughtful review of my book. many thanks! my next novel, “one hit wonder,” comes out in september.

  • http://www.carpetbaggery.com Carpetbagger

    Thanks for throwing us guys a bone!

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