That being said, books based on male relationships have always appealed to me. I am a sucker for almost any book where the main characters are brothers, best friends, fire fighters (swoon), Navy SEAL (swoon and drool), and especially fathers and sons (no swooning.. just a sweet sigh). When women authors (which is most of the books I read) write stories, they are able to capture the emotion, the sexuality, the passion and humor in the heroes they are creating. However, I have learned from some of my favorite male authors, that when men write the stories, they are able to capture the grit, charm, internal conflict and humor that can only come from a man’s perspective.
In Charlie Carillo’s ”Raising Jake,” Carillo is able to take the reader into the to world of a tormented man, Sammy, who just so happens to be a tormented father and son as well. This is a multi-generational story that takes place through the eyes of a man. That alone separates it from so many other books I have read. I can compare Carillo’s writing to that of Jonathan Tropper, my all time favorite male author. While Carillo does not have Tropper’s sense of humor, he definitely makes up for it with his ability to give each character a depth that will leave you heart-broken and elated at the same time. In the course of one weekend, and the handy tool of flashbacks, we learn about Sammy’s life before and after fatherhood, we meet Sammy’s awe-inspiring (and title inspiring) son Jake and Sammy’s father Danny. These three men are the beautifully crafted characters that will put Mr. Carillo on my favorite author list.
I loved reading “Raising Jake”. I felt like I was riding on the bus with Sammy and Jake and taking the life tour that was so desperately needed for each “boy” to finally become the man he needed to be. I felt Jake’s confusion and Sammy’s guilt and my own desire to hug them both. This is not just a book for my wonderful ladies who so faithfully look to me for book suggestions. I would go out on a limb to say, maybe your husbands (boyfriends) would like this too.
If you are looking for more of a concise book review, please check out my review on Amazon.com. If you go to “Raising Jake” in the Kindle section, I am listed as Lnp416. Check it out.
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