Little Boy Blue: A Novel
Here is the quintessential story of a young hoodlum's coming of age. Alex Hamilton is young, intelligent, savvy, and independent - but also subject to violent fits of rage. Raised within the confines of a system that has done nothing but provide him with pain, his frustration and anger are completely natural - and inherently dangerous. Rebellious since his parents split up, Alex is constantly running from foster homes and institutions, yearning to be with his father, a broken man who cannot give his son the home he desperately needs. As Alex is pulled between well-meaning but exhausted social workers and viciously cruel authority figures, his emotions and actions are forever careening off these two disparate influences. Only one constant remains: his no-good, criminally minded peers, who are all too ready to plant illegal ideas in a young, bright mind that's already well on its way to social deviancy.
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Review: Little Boy BlueUser Review - Patti - Goodreads
A great premise, just not great execution. I get that Alex was a 12 year old in the 40s. What I don't get is how enlightened he was towards certain folks (blacks), yet so unenlightened as to others ... Read full review
Review: Little Boy BlueUser Review - Oliver Hodson - Goodreads
Brutal, sad, coming of age story. Super powerful account of a growing outlaw identity, and how the system of punishment led this guy to become what he did, or at least get on the path. You can see how ... Read full review