Friday, May 31, 2013
Fitz by Mick Cochrane
Fifteen-year old Fitz has acquired a gun for the sole purpose of getting his absent father to answer some questions and spend some “quality time” with him. A provocative premise and short chapters will appeal to reluctant readers. Less appealing, however, are the author’s choice to employ third-person narration, a protagonist who is remains fuzzy about his self-understanding throughout the book, and a literary affectation that never feels authentic. This book is best suited to more sophisticated teen readers and those who can easily connect with the plight of a teen who has many unanswered questions about an absent parent. Fitz pairs interestingly with 50 Cent’s Playground and Morgenroth’s Jude. The lack of urban grit makes it a tougher sell to urban readers, but for those willing to cross geographical boundaries, the Minnesota setting may be a breath of fresh air.--Jessica Fenster-Sparber
Random house has made an excerpt available here.
Cochrane, Mick. Fitz. Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 2012. Print.