by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Our Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 stars)
Reviewed by: Melody Smith
“Hey, Kiddo” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a heartbreaking read. It revolves around a boy named Jarrett (frequently renowned as Ja) who was born to a young drug-addicted mother and a father who simply disappeared. He ends up living with his Grandparents where he learns many life lessons and discovers the many secrets of his parents. It is with the help of his Grandpa and life’s many surprises that Jarrett discovers his dream and works hard to overcome downfalls to reach it. When he finally reaches a point of redemption, he is given the chance to reconnect with the last person he expects. Through talking with his family members and finding his way in school, his life takes a turn for the better.
I was excited for this book to come out the moment I saw the cover, and the summary on the back did not disappoint. I have not read many books this personal to an author before since I’m not a big fan of non-fiction, but I found the issues this character and narrator had to go through intriguing. The humanity in this book is what held my attention throughout the entire book.
The graphics are fantastically loose. I think they fit the dull, mellow mood of the book and it sets you up for the narrator’s emotions. I could never truly feel a book through its design until I read “Hey, Kiddo”.
I would recommend this book to people who have unfortunately had to experience such heartbreak. I also recommend it for people who haven’t, so you may empathize with those who have. Finally, I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, heartfelt read.