Anthony Prato is an author of two novels ("Little Boy" and "Illegal Smile," aka "Lime Plant Road"), an ESL instructor, and a professional resume-writer living in New York City. He has two beautiful sons and a big orange kayak, on which he loves to explore Jamaica and Little Neck Bays. Everything else he cares to say is in his novels. Read "Little Boy" and "Illegal Smile" and decide for yourself what is real, what is fiction, and what it all means.
Little Boyby Anthony Prato
One year after breaking up with Maria, a dejected A.J. tears open a pack of cigarettes and begins to write about the past year of his life, beginning with a date in Central Park that afternoon with his friend Megan. The date starts innocently enough; however, when A.J. spots a passer-by that resembles Maria, an avalanche of unsettling memories overwhelms
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One year after breaking up with Maria, a dejected A.J. tears open a pack of cigarettes and begins to write about the past year of his life, beginning with a date in Central Park that afternoon with his friend Megan. The date starts innocently enough; however, when A.J. spots a passer-by that resembles Maria, an avalanche of unsettling memories overwhelms him.
The beginning and end of A.J.'s friendship with Megan support the main plot like bookends. In between, A.J. recounts his tragic relationship with Maria, as well as his quest to get into the U. S. Air Force Academy after high school. In the final chapters, A.J. frames his emotional journey against a compelling backdrop: the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima by a plane called Enola Gay during World War II.
"Little Boy" captures the aftermath of a teenager’s brash decisions like no other book. It is distinctive in two important ways. First, the true nature of A.J.'s character is dubious, as he incessantly wavers between good and evil in such a realistic and gut-wrenching fashion that each reader will have a different interpretation of his moral worth. Even more importantly, however, A.J.'s story is genuine and contemporary, as it is based entirely on the author's senior year of high school. Names have been changed to protect the innocent—and the guilty.
Almost every potential reader has been either the instigator in a breakup (like A.J.), or the victim (like Maria and Megan). "Little Boy" It is not merely a common story about one adolescent's judgment; it is a human parable that speaks to the sad but truthful role that jealousy plays among relationships of all age groups.
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I found this book to be depresssing. It is filled with thoughts of sex, and some sex, which I did mind, but why do authors turn something so intimately wonderful, into something so dirty? There is cursing, violence, confusion and sadness. Quite frankly, I found this 250 page, free book depresssing. After the first 50 pages, I scanned through the rest. The book was well written and edited. The plot was unique. I did not like, nor have any empathy toward the main character, a teenage boy, filled with angst. Nor did I like the way females were thought about, depicted and dehumanized. There was a smooth flow to the writing. This novel also had a pretty good conclusion. This was not a book for me, nor will I let my grands read it. I also will not recommend it to anyone. Even though it was a coming of age book, I think it is for adults only. I am giving it four stars, because of the length, editing, unique plot, good flow, and half way decent conclusion. If I had not been the first reviewer. I would have left a one or two star rating. I did not like the story or characters. But I wanted others to read it and voice their opinion. AD