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Publisher's Note:

Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger. It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East's hothead younger brother—to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he's never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, ultimately forcing him to grapple with his place in the world and decide what kind of man he wants to become. Written in stark and unforgettable prose and featuring an array of surprising and memorable characters rendered with empathy and wit, Dodgers heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.…

Dodgers: A Novel

by Bill Beverly

Overall Book Review:

At first this book may not seem like it, but it is a novel about disappearance. It is also about a young gang member who doesn’t seem to have a moral compass. East and his brother Ty don’t really know each other, which is sad. But when they are thrown together into a scheme to hunt down a man who their uncle doesn’t like, it seemed to me like they realized just how little the word “family” means to them.

This book is a whirlwind of action. If something isn’t happening here, it’s happening over there. I really liked this aspect of it. The town I live in doesn’t have a lot of crime, thankfully. This book was the epitome of the word crime–car stealing, drugs, shooting, murder–the list goes on. But it was an interesting perspective to get, albeit fiction.

Dodgers sort of drove home the reality of how young kids can be when they get caught up in scary stuff. In lots of ways, brothers Ty and East didn’t have much of a childhood, and grew up much too soon. They were toting guns and fake ID’s before most people have taken the SAT or graduated from high school. This book was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was quite violent, so I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, but for those who like suspenseful and thrilling reads, read up! 

Review of an Advance Reader’s Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Crown Publishers

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  4 religious exclamations; 6 mild obscenities; 8 derogatory names; 17 scatological words; 2 anatomical terms; 31 F-Word derivatives.  Note: Racial slurs also used several times.

Violence/Gore:  A fire is mentioned to have occurred at a building; guns are fired in an altercation, a minor is shot and mentioned to be killed, along with a man, some blood is mentioned; a man beats a boy up in a brief scene, some injuries are sustained; verbal threats are made; a minor recalls a fight between him and a peer at school; a minor shoots his brother and thinks he has killed him; a man and his child are reported to have been shot and killed by a gang; a minor attacks his brother and beats him up; some injuries, blood, and a black eye are mentioned. 

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder, personal crises, death, crime, drug dealing, gangs.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adult smokes; drinking beer is mentioned; drugs are implied to be used.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.