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Fitz

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  259 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Sometimes Fitz would look at himself in the mirror, an expression of pathetic eagerness on his face. He was a dog in the pound, wanting to be adopted. He'd smile. What father wouldn't want this boy?

Fifteen-year-old Fitzgerald—Fitz, to his friends—has just learned that his father, whom he's never met, who supports him but is not a part of his life, is living nearby. Fitz be
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Laura

“A father, a son, and a gun.”

Everyone has a story to tell. But with two sides to every story, how do we know which side is the truth?

Fifteen-year-old Fitzgerald (Fitz) is determined to get the truth. He needs to know what happened between his parents and why his father doesn’t want to be a part of his life. Fed up with getting no answers from his mother, Fitz sets out to kidnap his father at gunpoint and finally get his version no matter what. As Dinah Washington once crooned, “What a differenc
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
3.5/5 stars

In writing you hear the mantra "show and don't tell" all the time. But sometimes, just occasionally, writers break that rule and it works. Fitz is an example of that. This is not the type of book where you go on a grand adventure with the main character, or follow his struggles for months and years. Instead the book takes place over the course of one day. Fitz (the main character as well as title) is searching for answers about his past. And while these stories may be told through dia
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Rose
Initial thoughts: I thought that "Fitz" was an excellent coming of age story with appropriate amounts of tension. It's about a teenage boy on the edge of breaking without having a father figure in his life. Desperate, Fitz buys a gun, finds his father and holds him at gunpoint, while suggesting that they spend some "quality time" together. What happens from that point is something that neither of them expect - they learn more about each other than they bargained for.

Full review:

I'm incredibly be
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Isamlq
“Fifteen year old Fitz kidnaps the father he has never known, taking him from at gun point, in an attempt to address his bewildering mix of resentment and yearning.”

Intriguing as that sounds, I had this slight fear that I would get a boy too wrapped up in his own thing, too self absorbed and too aware of what he didn’t have. He was and he wasn’t. It was that start and the end that got me to react the strongest, but the in- between was totally different. Fitz put it best with his ‘what’s after
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Rebecca
the book that i had read was a bit criminal and loving. the audience was intended to be for young adults because its around that age with the father issues and the conflict is set up. fitz was abandoned y his father and his mom don't let him know why he had left or even what had happened. so he buys a gun skips school and kidnaps his father that hes has been stalking.

my opinion is that it was long and boreing there wasn't enough action. it was mainly just about his thoughts and things that had h
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Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Fitz is fifteen, living with his Mom in a rundown neighborhood. He has never met his Dad, but that's about to change. Today he's going to spend the day with his Dad, holding him at gunpoint, and trying to get the answers that he's always wanted. Why didn't his Dad stay with his Mom? Why hasn't he been in Fitz's life, other than sending child support? This sounded like a book that is very different from my usual read. I decided to give it a try and had mixed feelings when it was over. On a basic ...more
Kate
I read this ARC via Netgalley.

Fitz has always done what he's told, even though growing up with a single mom hasn't been easy. Until one day when he takes a gun and goes to where he's found out his father lives, and takes his father hostage for the day. He isn't sure exactly what he wants from his father. Can one day make up for a lifetime?

Fitz's conflicted feelings would ring true with any kid growing up in a single-parent household. I wondered a little bit at what would make Fitz decide to tak
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Kate
I wanted to like this. I really, really wanted to. And I even started to reread it when I finished it, thinking I had just missed something.

The sentence structure is highly (a little annoyingly) predictable. I normally don't comment on stuff like that, because I usually don't notice it. But with this book I couldn't help it. The story itself is compelling as hell, and maybe it's written this way on purpose. Speaking of the story - no spoilers, but personally I was disappointed by the ending.

I
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Monica
This book was very interesting to me. The beginning was a little confusing but as the story progressed, my interest peaked. Fitzgerald McGrath (Fitz) is the main character who has lived 15 years without a father. After all this time he has found his father Curtis, and has been studying him for quite some time. He is a lawyer, lives in a suburb, alone, seems somewhat ordinary. Fitz learns everything about his fathers routine and one day, he holds his father at gunpoint right before work when Fitz ...more
Mrs. Tongate
Quick read, but not a fan. Fitz holds his Dad at gunpoint in the car, so he can find the answers he's been wanting to know all of his life. How about just making an appointment and talking with the guy...Just not realistic.
Heidi
A short book that takes place mostly over the course of a day, Fitz shows the emotional toll taken on the child of an unplanned pregnancy and an absentee father. After shadowing his newly-found father for days, Fitz buys a gun and forces his father to drive off with him. Despite all Fitz's bravado, the young man doesn't really have a plan for what to do after he holds his dad hostage. Fitz learns that many of his assumptions about his father may not be true. The story ends a bit weakly, with thi ...more
Trimble
Fitz by Mike Cochrane is an incredibly emotional story of a teenage boy who grew up without his father around. He's never met his father and knows very little about him even though they lived very close to each other. When Fitz decides to introduce himself in a very unconventional way, we meet the vehement side of him. Mick Cochrane does an amazing job with the characters, especially Fitz and Curtis. They feel genuine and you really feel like you know them by the end of the book. As intense and ...more
Josiah
Review to come closer to release date.
Rene
Loved the writing in this book. I liked how it was just a slice of time in a day where anything could happen. Definitely felt like a fly on the wall.

I also found one of the best passages of writing I have ever read and I could relate to it on such a personal level:

It occurs to Fitz that if this guy hauls him away, he's never going to finish his lunch. Somehow, this seems worse than any dire legal consequences. Him downtown, and his burger, more than half of it, pretty much the best burger he's
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Richie Partington
Richie’s Picks: FITZ by Mick Cochrane, Knopf, November 2012, 192p., ISBN: 978-0-375-85683-9

“I was alone, I took a ride, I didn’t know what I would find there
Another road where maybe I could see another kind of mind there”
--Lennon/McCartney “Got to Get You into My Life” (from The Beatles’ Revolver album)

“A black SUV passes slowly. There’s a woman inside, nicely dressed, wearing sunglasses, fluffing her hair in the rearview mirror. Fitz smiles pleasantly at her, trying his best not to look like a
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Sandy
Two males from two different worlds are torn apart and Fitz thinks a Smith & Wesson .38 Special can solve the answer. These two males have a lot in common if only they had learned to speak and stand on their own two feet but perhaps it is not too late now. Fitz and his father never knew each other. Curtis tried to be father when Fitz was born, (or did he really try) but rejection was just too easy to take and with his future still a blank slate, he rose to the top and made himself a name. Fi ...more
Jon
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"All these years, what prevented his father from being nice to him? Why didn't he knock on the door? Why didn't he write a letter? Why? Why? Why? It is the central mystery of his life"

When you don't like a book, who is to blame? Sometimes you can blame the author but sometimes you have to blame yourself. Fitz is a well-written book but it just wasn't for me.

Fitz is the story of Fitzgerald who decides to stalk and kidnap his father who abandoned his family. I didn
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Rachael Woohoo
[3/5]

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However strange this might sound, FITZ reminds me of the type of short story we'd read in school. I know that sounds pretty bad for some readers, but I guess I happen to actually enjoy what I read in the classroom. Maybe it's because the book was so short and seemed to symbolize "something more"? I'm not totally sure. Nevertheless, I found that FITZ was a short, but curious and intriguing type of read.

As a character, I found that F
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Paul Cumbo
Mick Cochrane's latest novel, Fitz, has managed to convey a sophisticated, complex story in a readable, fluid way appropriate for a broad age range. Though ostensibly a "Young Adult" novel, Fitz speaks to adults just as well. In fact, I would assert that there is an unwritten story between the lines...so often the case in a "Young Adult" novel written by a (somewhat!) older author. The book's protagonist is a realistically written, likable kid with an edge and a legitimate gripe against his old ...more
Stephanie
“A father. A son. And a gun,” is the phrase on the cover of Fitz by Mick Cochrane. This phrase describes a novel that is fast-paced, action-packed, and intensely emotional. Unfortunately, Fitz is none of these things.

This less than two hundred page novel takes place in one day: the first day that Fitz sees his father since he was a baby. Believing that his father will want nothing to do with him, Fitz brings a gun to his meeting with his father. He forces his father to spend time with him—tries
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Lalitha
How far would you go to spend just a few moments with the father who abandoned you as a baby? That's essentially the premise of this fascinating book about a teenage boy who goes to extreme lengths in an effort to discover the parent he never knew.

The book opens with fifteen-year old Fitz staking out a swanky neighborhood, quietly waiting for the right moment to kidnap his rich, lawyer father at gunpoint. Fitz has always felt a gnawing emptiness all his life due to his father's absence. He's no
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Angela Fristoe
Fitz starts off by jumping right into the action with Fitz taking his father hostage. I thought this was a great way to grab the reader and throw them into Fitz's life. Then it slowed right down to the point where I wanted to skip pages. Not the best thing with a book that is fairly short.

I suppose I was just expecting more drama, more action, more excitement. Fitz, though, is a literary tale that focuses on Fitz's journey to understanding who he is, as defined by his absent father. Fitz is obvi
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Brichimt
Mick Cochrane, author of several books, including “The Girl Who Threw Butterflies,” has written a new psychological thriller involving a fifteen-year-old named Fitz (named after F. Scott Fitzgerald), who manages to kidnap his estranged father at gunpoint. Fitz’s objective… to find out why his father chose to live apart from him and what really happened between him and Fitz’s mother.

As time passes the flawed character of both Fitz and his father’s began to heal. Fitz is anguished ove the abandonm
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Heather
I think I would have liked this book more if it hadn't gotten me all psyched up for an action story based on the cover and the tagline: "A father. A son. And a gun." Though there is indeed a father, a son, and a gun, this story is not nearly as exciting as that phrase would have you think. I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say that there's a lot more talk than action. That made me feel like the gun part was just a gimmick to draw attention without having any real purpose in the ...more
Sherrie
Fitzgerald John McGrath a kid who usually plays by the rules, is polite and doesn't give his mom any problems has decided to purchase a gun and force his father to spend time with him. Fitz, as he's called, has no recollection of his father having last seen him when he was an infant. Although his father, Curtis, provides financial support he is not involved in Fitz's life. Fitz's efforts to gather information about his father from Annie, his mother haven't proven successful. The premise of this ...more
Mickey
A father. A Son. And a Gun. Ooooo! Sounds action-packed and crazy, right? OK, maybe not. Maybe more angst-ridden and internal than I had hoped-for. Fitz by Mick Cochrane is not a bad story, but it was not something I would have normally picked up. It reminded me of Walter Dean Meyers' books, but I'm not entirely sure why...

If you're up for a romping good time spending the day with a boy and his dad as they visit the office, the zoo, catch lunch together, and have a jam session on the front porch
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Ms. Ramsborg
Fitz
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I liked this book because it takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the author grew up in Minnesota. The story is about Fitz, a boy who kidnaps his own father at gunpoint, so that he can get to know him. Fitz takes his father to familiar local places in St. Paul, like the Como Zoo.
My favorite part of the book was when Fitz’s father told Fitz the story of how he met his mother, and about their dating days. It was a sweet story that included very specific details so that
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Elizabeth
I enjoyed this book, which sort of surprised me. I thought (and still do) think the idea of a teenage holding his Dad hostage with a gun as a bit ridiculous, especially since there were multiple times the Dad could have taken the weapon away. However, at the same time the story sucked me in. I wanted to understand what happened between Curtis and Annie- although even after finishing the story I don't really understand what happened other than the fact they weren't ready for a kid and ended up dr ...more
Ismael
I thought of it like a a little good story after trying to find out why this and that happened to the main characters family,as soon as i got to the end,it made me imagine some kind of a twisted ending feeling.Like i have no words to describe it, as if the ending became a beginning and suddenly poof the world may never know what happened soon after that,it gave tons of chills after the ending part(I was wondering if everything went ok).
Carmen Lopez
I thought this book was packed full of action! It was so detailed and suspenseful. It was and young boy named Fitz in search for his father. They reminisce, talk out past problems and share deep secrets. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action and mystery.
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