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The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff
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I almost want to give it five stars-- thinking about it now-- Jayson is bi-racial, living with his white, drunk, part-time hooker mom who has a penchant for beating him even though he's nearly sixteen years old. There's a hold she has on him with her mood swings, alcoholism, and love. He lives in the projects around gangsters and druggies and has a friendship with a co-worker and friend who lives across the way. Jayson has always though, thought about suicide.

Eventually, learning that this mother and crack-addicted father he thought were biological are actually not puts him over the edge, literally, when he jumps from seven stories. And, he survives, but dies as well. An inspiring story of the "death of" the old Jayson and the start of the new Jayson when the woman who's always kept in touch is actually his biological mother who's never given up on him comes back. For whatever reason, the writing style, the well-rounded character, I loved Jayson and genuinely cared that he would eventually beat the odds and end up happy-- even with a halo and speech and PT therapy.
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