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The Domino Effect by Andrew Cotto
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Dec 31, 2011

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Read from December 26 to 27, 2011 — I own a copy

Andrew Cotto's coming-of-age novel focuses on a teen boy's dilemmas in school. He starts high school as a freshman in Queens and is a senior at a prep school out-of-state when the story winds down. His first real love and his friendships are tested as issues related to moving up in the world also come to the fore.

Danny "Domino" Rorro also comes to terms with his changing perceptions about his father and realizes that what Mr. Rorro knows about justice and fairness is what will get him safely through adolescence. The boys he meets at Hampden Academy, namely Sammie and Terence, and their hangups challenge Danny to pick sides to handle a situation. That starts off the Domino Effect, but Danny rises above the fray and falls--in love.

Kudos to Cotto for addressing timely societal issues by portraying diverse teen characters and their parents so forthrightly!
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