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Raising Jake

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  1,058 ratings  ·  134 reviews
The best kind of journey, one you don't want to end...funny, moving. --Mike Lupica, New York Times bestselling author of Heat

In Charlie Carillo's funny, insightful novel, a divorced man gets to know his seventeen-year-old son in a tale that rewrites the book on quality time together. . .

Sammy Sullivan is working his way down the ladder of success. Divorced and pushing fift
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Kensington (first published 2009)
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Joan Winnek
It wasn't bad, I wanted to read to the end, and sometimes the writing is good. Often I was derailed by what an asshole the narrator is, even after he decides to stop being an asshole. I hope for better for his son, who is a well-drawn character, except for a few lapses. See my quotes: a five-year-old would never had made that remark about marriage (or even use the word marriage).
Other quibbles: the priest uses Karo syrup as an ingredient in fake blood, during warm weather. I can't think of anyth
Lauren Hidden
Raising Jake is a story about a divorced father (Sammy), his 17-year old son (Jake), and their weekend adventure, which changes the course of their lives, and those of the characters they encounter. At the beginning of the story, Sammy is a rather lost, working as a rewriter at the New York Star, not liking his job but feeling trapped by his financial responsibilities--including sending his son to a private school. A phone call from the school one Friday puts the plot in motion as father and son ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read and well-written. The storyline was very well done.

The story works well in that I think many people can find a way to relate -- whether through own experiences or knowing of someone else. Divorced parents, splitting custody. One parent is the workaholic, another is the one who works hard, but isn't the greatest "role model." In the end, it's a story not of just the father finding out who is son is, but of the father finding out who he is an
This book started out really promising. A divorced father with a "weekend dad" relationship with his son spends a weekend with his son that not only changes their relationship but both of their lives. It's warm and touching in parts. Flinchingly honest and humorous in other parts. However there were times I found it a little overly sentimental and schmaltzy. Some of the dialogue was just so unrealistic that I couldn't get past how unnatural and implausible it was. Ended well - liked it, didn't l ...more
This one's a real sleeper: a surprisingly good book, funny, irreverent, yet a profoundly insightful coming of age tale. I got this as a freebie on my Kindle, but unlike most of the free books I've downloaded, this one had me captivated from the very start. The middle portion, recounting father Sam's tribulations growing up Catholic really rang true--reminding me of numerous outrageous tales told by my ex, a very lapsed Catholic. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read!

This was one of the first books I downloaded off "Kindle Free books" and finally got around to reading last weekend. I loved it! Great characters, interesting plot devices, and satisfying ending. If you're looking for romance and hot scenes, don't download it. If you're looking for a good story about 3 generations of men (grandson, father, grandfather) coming together for the first time on one day, I'd recommend this book. I'd even pay money for it!
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After reading One Hit Wonder last year and pretty much hating it, I did not have high hopes for this book. Nevertheless, I went ahead and read it since it was free and received even better ratings than One Hit Wonder, which has pretty good ratings. I am so glad that I gave this book a try and gave Charlie Carillo another chance. I really enjoyed this story.

The story happens over a weekend after some unexpected events take place. These events cause the father and son to have more "quality time" t
Another Kindle freebie with good reviews so I thought I'd try it out, and I wasn't disappointed!

Although the book is titled, "Raising Jake," Sammy is really the focal point. Sammy Smith and his son, Jake, spend a weekend together after unexpected turning points in both of their lives. Jake is insightful and caring, and spends a good bit of time playing the father role to Sammy, helping him to heal after years of traumatizing himself over events that become unraveled during their weekend.

The pa
So I was totally prepared not to like this book, but one of my friends recommended it and I was between books. Here's the thing - for the most part, I REALLY liked this book. I liked the descriptions of how the dad feels like he sees his son grow in "snapshots" as a divorced dad and how the gaps he's missing become apparent. I also like that even though the story takes place over a weekend, it also goes back in time to describe events that led the characters to where they are when we first "meet ...more
Donald Blum
This insightful, witty, smart book involves the relationship between newspaper reporter Sammy Sullivan and his 17-year-old son, Jake, who he has seen on weekends for the past 12 years since he and Jake's mother divorced. On this particular Friday that found Jake's mother out of town, Jake's headmaster at his stuffy, exclusive, private school has summoned Sammy away from work during the day, a move that gets Sammy fired when his boss doesn't want to let him leave for an hour. Jake has written an ...more
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
I really didn't know what I was getting into when I started this book. I thought it was going to be somber and depressing and it did have a few moments of that but there were other parts of it that had me rolling with laughter.

The book was about Sammy, Jake and ultimately Danny, Sammy's dad who really got involved at the end (and also added some humor to the story) and Sammy and Jake's weekend of discovery. Jake had no knowledge of his ancestry and his mom seemed to be a little anal about every
Wow, a good read for 99 cents! With that great price, you even get a look into two father/son relationships and one grandson/grandfather relationship.

I like books (fiction or non-fiction) that make me think and examine relationships, situations, etc, in my own life. And I am pleased to say this writer did just that with his words. As the mother of two young boys, I am intrigued by the father/son relationship. I love to watch my husband and boys have their talks and build their foundation that w
Laura Belgrave
If you enjoy mainstream fiction, it doesn't get much better than Charlie Carillo's Raising Jake.

Storyline: Jake is the 17-year-old son of long-divorced parents Doris and Sam. Sam, a career tabloid newspaper reporter, narrates the story, which is a simple and yet complex story of getting to know his son when previously only the superficiality of weekend visitations allowed any kind of relationship. Along the way, Sam also gets to really know his estranged father, a crusty old guy named Danny. Yo
Horribly, horribly written. It started off badly and I wanted to give it a shot but 1/3 of the way into the book I decided it wasn't worth it to finish.

I chose this book because there was a free Kindle version. I can see why it was free

From the very beginning there were elements that detracted and distracted from the story being told: unrealistic dialogue, poor sentence structure. As well as Run-on sentences that need to be reworked to allow for them to be understood without a second, slow per
This did not click for me at all. Not much development of characters. A father who openly sobs more than once, well, I've never seen that, and doubt if I ever will. Too much open emotion and father and teenage son having meaningful dialogue to be anywhere near life in the real world. Maybe my family is just a bunch of uptight, feeling stuffing zombies, but I could not relate to this story in any way.
Also, kind of a spoiler, but towards the end of the book, there is a development that casually ge
I read books when I'm riding the train to and from my job, so I like them to be easy reads, because in the morning I'm half awake and on the evening commute I'm half asleep, and Raising Jake was. There weren't complicated plots to follow and there was a limited number of characters and they were developed nicely as was the storyline. It was a sweet story that had me cheering for the two leads, Jake and his Dad. for a preview of "DO OVER"

Ryan deserves a second chance for a
Kathi Olsen
This is a fairly nice story about 3 generations of men in a family connecting and learning to love and accept each other. My main complaint is that since it's a story with teenage, middle age and an older man there is some talk about masturbation, the f-bomb and other sexual references. It isn't constant and it isn't too descriptive, but the rest of the story had much more value than those incidents.
I actually couldn't even finish reading this, that rarely happens to me and when it does it's really annoying. The base line story was pretty entertaining but there were certain things that kept derailing that story. Some of the dialoge between father and son seemed completed unrealistic. Yeah, I get it, its a relationship between a father and son which being a girl I can't relate to. HOWEVER, I can guarantee you 2 guys would never act they way they were. For example, guys don't just start rando ...more
Good relationship oriented book about two men finding each other and being there for each other, it is a man to man book very rarely the women characters are developed or explored which is ok for this book. So impossible things like how mature the kid was for his age, but a great discussion during bookclub. Fast read and well crafted there were no long pauses of times where nothing happened
Charley Girl
Sammy and Jake move through their weekend by doing a bit of spring cleaning. It starts with Jake taking a stand and refusing to apologize for an essay he wrote that results in Jake being kicked out of high school. Sammy is fired from his job because he needs to attend the school meeting. Father and son break up with their girlfriends and then reflect while drinking a beer about their day and decide that this weekend they are going to get to know each other, not just spend time together.

Sammy is
I stumbled upon this author by browsing at Borders and ended up really enjoying his work. His humor reminds me of Tom Perrotta, who is one of my favorites.

This story's humor is all based around the father who has several unresolved issues, has not really put much effort into his work but doesn't really care. His 17 year old son also has issues but appears to be the grown up. Perhaps the author wants to appeal to males because the female characters are either stereotypically hysterical or incred
I wasn't initially sure, as I read this, whether I liked it or not. It wasn't hard to continue, however. Now that I've finished I've decided that it definitely earned some stars. This was far from my usual fare, although the main characters did comprise a very dysfunctional family! I guess you could describe it as a coming of age tale for the father as well as the son! The author's style was rich in sarcasm, wry observations and dark humor. I never would have selected this book, except that it w ...more
This is kind of about a man taking a road trip with his son Jake, and kind of about the man's coming-of-age. When he was an adolescent and again now that he's middle-aged.

It soon becomes obvious the son is a lot more mature than either of his divorced parents. You can't help but like the kid, but you also wonder how he managed to grow up as normal as he did. It's a pleasant read but it feels like the author is indulging himself by fictionalizing his own adolescent memories. And that's fine, exce
This is a sweet, funny, sad, warm, witty story of male -bonding and the healing of relationships that takes place during one day of no-holds-barred honesty. I wished I'd have written this one. However, the unrealistic story about the five-year-old Jake confronting his parents about their inevitable divorce, like he'd suddenly morphed into Dr. Phil, was a weak spot that grated like squeaky chalk on a blackboard in an otherwise well-written story about well-developed, very human, very sympathetic ...more
If I had bought this book, I probably would have given it 3-3.5 stars because it would have been somewhat of a letdown. However, I got this book for free on my Kindle, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I saw it as a coming of age novel for both father and son as they fought inner turmoil, pressures from family, etc. Both the father and son were very likeable, and I enjoyed reading about their journey. A few parts made me laugh out loud and I finished the book in less than a day.

This was a fun read. Sammy Sullivan is the main character who comes to terms with his nearly grown son, his failed marriage, and his nightmare of a childhood all in one memorable weekend. He visits his old neighborhood, his father and his nightmares after 30 years of ignoring them all. Much of his past is painful for him to face, but much of it is also very funny. And he finds that most of it wasn't what he thought it was after all.

This was another book I found by just looking at what the libra
Thank god for the kindle app.
I would describe this book as a coming of age story. Coming of age for a middle-aged father and his son wrapped in one story. Three generations of men interact with each other and address issues/secrets from the present and their past. While this description may make the book seem serious in nature it was quite a light, funny story that was an easy enjoyable read. A easy reading summer time kind of book(not meant as an insult.)
I paid $.99 for this from Kindle and I really enjoyed it. What I liked most is that the teenage son in the story was not a sullen, moody kid like so many children are portrayed when coming from a broken home where the parents don't get along. I loved that he and his father had a good relationship and especially loved how the three generations of men related to each other. It was a quick but very entertaining read.
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“Your marriage," Jake said, almost impatiently. "It's like the grapes. Just a paint job."
He went straight to bed.”
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