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3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  339 Ratings  ·  87 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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 10, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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
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
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
Mar 19, 2012 Isamlq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
“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
Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
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
Jan 02, 2016 Abbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book's plot was better than the actual execution for me. The whole aspect of this young teenage boy pulling a gun on his father that left when he was a baby seems super teen angsty and intriguing, especially with Fitz being a good kid. I felt like we were going to to get some sort of big reveal with why the events had occurred, why his dad left, and without spoiling anything I just wanna say it was a major let down. The book itself didn'
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
Sep 25, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

Oct 23, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-ya, arcs, 2012, realistic
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
Mrs. Tongate
Dec 28, 2012 Mrs. Tongate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
May 07, 2012 Josiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come closer to release date.
May 06, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The bond between a father and son has never been more important for Fitz than today. Fantastic recommendation for reluctant teens for the summer.
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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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
Dec 27, 2015 Christie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Mick Cochrane’s YA novel, Fitz, is the story of what happens when a boy decides to confront the father he’s never met.

Fitz is a “typical fifteen-year-old boy. A sophomore on the B honor roll. A kid with a messy room, an electric guitar, a notebook full of song lyrics, vague dreams about doing something great some day, a crush on a red-haired girl.”

And like many other teens, Fitz (short for Fitzgerald) lives with his single mom. His father is an unknown entity; his mother doesn’t talk about him a
Mar 14, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
“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
Jun 21, 2012 Lalitha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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
Jenny Stanton
For my independent reading novel, I read the book "Fitz" by Mick Cochrane. The book takes place in the same city the author of the book was born in; St. Paul, Minnesota. For the most part, the simple city and suburban settings of the book help build contrast to the main character, Fitz's, story line. In the novel, Fitzgerald, seems to be as average as any other kid. He's interested in music, likes to hangout with his friends, and lives in an average American neighborhood. He is this typical 15 y ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, ya
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
Paul Cumbo
Sep 07, 2013 Paul Cumbo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Mar 10, 2012 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 27, 2012 Rene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara Trimm
Jul 04, 2016 Barbara Trimm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Jan 01, 2014 Trimble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine (KizzieReads)
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Halfway through, I thought Fitz, the main character, needed a good cuff upside the head. He was whiny, and playing the pity me attitude because he didn't have a father in his life.

I also wanted to do the same thing to his mother for leaving him in the dark, and not explaining to Fitz why he didn't have his father in his life. Bad parenting.

I do see the need to sometimes having to do something so out of character and drastic to get adults to listen someti
Hank Grumpy Gringol
The Book I read "Fitz" by Mick Cochrane. The book is about how a boy named Fitzgerald finally finds his dad but Fitz recently purchased a revolver to threaten his dad. He spends the day with his father getting answers about what happened between him and his mother "Annie." Fitz is also in a band named Creative Destruction and he's trying to find the best singer and drummer.
I liked this book a lot because I made me want to read more. The book was very interesting especially at the part when Fi
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