Cadillac Chronicles

Cadillac Chronicles

by Brett Hartman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935955412
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 3.50(d)
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Brett Hartman lived an unremarkable life in Fort Lauderdale until May 18th, 1983 when he was arrested for aggravated battery. While away at Auburn University, he suffered a psychotic breakdown and months of intensive treatment. Though he made a full recovery, the events of that period never left him. He continued his education at Indiana State, where he received a doctorate in clinical psychology; he has worked as a psychologist ever since. He discovered a passion for writing while working on his memoir, Hammerhead 84, which covers his journey through the mental health industry. Cadillac Chronicles is his debut novel. He lives in Albany, New York with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons, Benjamin and Nicholas.

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"[F]resh and gritty…The mix of humor, gravity, and angst will keep readers engaged, and this debut novel has enough of all three elements to appeal to reluctant and eager male readers alike." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Angry, just-turned-16-year-old Alex, a white boy, and equally angry but very old Lester, a black man, are unlikely road-trip buddies in this novel that transcends its conventions…Alex learns to drive, comes to understand a little of the hard truth of race in post–Civil Rights–era America and spectacularly loses his virginity in a scene that will surprise readers as much as Alex…If there's little doubt about the end of the trip, readers will be happy they've gone along for the ride." — Kirkus Reviews

"Lester and Alex from Cadillac Chronicles are going to live in my literary memory for a long, long time. I think they are two of most likable folks to come along in young adult books for awhile." — Connie Griffin, Bookworks Independent Bookstore

"This road-trip novel is full of humor and surprises that make it a delightful read for teenage boys and many girls as well." — Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Albany Times-Union

"Hartman…makes his YA debut with a hard-hitting road trip novel that’s unafraid to show the ugly sides of American life… the self-knowledge and maturity Alex gains during his travels leave room for hope." — Publishers Weekly

"Cadillac Chronicles by Brett Hartman is, on the surface, a journey by car to the South. But it is much, much more. It is a story of growing up. It's about growing old. It's about family. It's about loyalty. And most of all, it's about friendship … What makes this book such an engrossing read is the relationship between the young, angry, insecure Alex and the old, sick, angry Lester. But be forewarned, the book is not for the squeamish. There is a lot of profanity. There is sex and there are many references to young men's ability to form instant erections. To most, these references will just serve to make the book more authentic." —

"Cadillac Chronicles is a fine addition to young adult fiction collections, a solid coming-of-age story, highly recommended." — Midwest Book Review

"What’s fresh is the scene where Alex confronts his psychiatrist; his critique is devastating, timely, and on point, and it will give readers something to cheer about." — Bulletin of the Center for the Children's Book

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