Andrew Cotto lives in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in English from Lynchburg College and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. His novel, OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY, will be released in Spring 2012 by Ig Publishing. His articles have appeared in numerous national journals, including the New York Times, Salon.com, Men's Journal, the Good Men Project, and Teachers & Writers Magazine.
The Domino Effectby Andrew Cotto
The Domino Effect is the story of Danny Rorro, a charismatic kid from Queens poisoned by the past. A series of painful defeats have left him scarred and isolated from his neighborhood, his parents, and, most significantly, the benevolent ways of his childhood when he was known as "Domino." With great insight, imagery and wit, Danny recalls his past in Queens and his coming-of-age at Hamden Academy. This fast paced and powerful story is rich with conflict, humor, tenderness and music-just like life, especially when coming-of-age.
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I read this book for the author. The main character Daniel had a rough time growing up in his neighborhood. Daniel didnt always like the way his dad looked at things. His dad taught him to do the right thing, not the easy thing. Daniel struggled with that all his life. Things were suppose to be easier not the same or harder at Hamden Academy. The lesson I learned from this book is that we really need to stop and think of our actions. Sometimes our actions really do start a domino effect. You do/say something to one person...they do that to someone else etc. What we all really need to do is stop and do the right thing not the easy thing in resolving conflicts. I think the world would be a much better place if we did.
Danny (Domino) Rorro struggles with his past and he stumbles toward his future. After bad experiences in Queens leave him bitter and depressed he is sent to Hamden Academy boarding school. There he makes new friends, discovers romance, makes enemies, has heartbreaks, and he even learns an important lesson that had drove a wedge in his relationship with his father. I enjoy good coming of age stories, especially these days. The Domino Effect is great because it has every ingredient needed to predict how the character will live their life. Coming of age stories don’t need to be overly dramatic or manuals for better living. Mr. Cotto found the right balance to tell a great and completely realistic story of a boy learning how to be a man. I have already told a friend about it and will continue to tell more.
Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite Danny Rorro lived in the neighborhood in Queens where he has lived all his life. Danny made life fun and interesting for himself and enjoyed making others laugh. “The Domino Effect” is the story of Danny’s life and the series of painful defeats that left him scarred and isolated from his neighborhood, his parents and his childhood when he was known as “Domino”. Danny changed schools because of some problems, so he is now in Harden Academy, a boarding school in NJ. In his book “Domino Effect”, Andrew Cotto takes us inside the life of Danny through his high school years. This is a well-written, wonderful, and fast read! I liked Danny from the beginning. He reminds me of my own son. His personality is fun and witty and he is a person people enjoy having around. But life changed for Danny when he was attacked at his old school. Going to boarding school had its own quirks; a lot of issues Danny had to face and some really weren’t due to his fault. The characters in this story are fun and believable and very well developed, and they relate to each other well, keeping the reader glued to their chair because sometimes it is difficult for to take a break from reading. I just had to find out what was going to happen next with Danny! Wow, I loved this book, and I loved Danny. I was heartbroken for him each time he had to face the difficult issues and situations that came his way. But he ended up being the hero, with his dad supporting him all the way. I think anyone would enjoy reading this fun-loving story. Why not grab a copy to read and enjoy for yourself?
From start to finish, this book was a wonderful read. Readers can easily identify with Cotto's discussion of Danny "Domino" Rorro's adolescence through his utilization of humor.
This is a wonderful story about growing up and growing wise, told with a voice both hysterical and heartbreaking. It really is for anyone who loves a good read.
Danny's father had a motto he lived by, included everyone. The problem was, it created pressure for Danny with his friends. Danny's father tried to make him see his decisions effected others, even those he wouldn't think of. Danny, of course didn't see this in his day to day life until his senior year of high school. He'd attended three schools by this point and had few friends left. Little by little Danny began to see where his decisions influenced the events of other around him. Now he could decide to do what was right and take the punishment or leave all the tatters and pieces created by his actions. This book is difficult to describe in that it can mean many things. I found the messages in this book wonderful for anyone, not just young people. Mr. Cotto weaved together a story that will make you laugh, bring you to tears and finally cheer for the underdog. Everyone will pick something up from their childhood in this book. Great, full characters and meaty writing makes this one to add to your to be read pile. I recommend this for everyone. I did find one issue. I felt the three chapters making up the "prologue" was a bit much. I felt I'd just gotten into the book and it stopped to say "now, we'll begin the real book part." It is distracting and the three chapters could have easily been woven into a page or two. I gave this one 4 out of 5 cheers because of the "prologue". ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~