Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Hey, Kiddo

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Book Review - Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo

About the Book
In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.

Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.

My Take on the Book
This is a powerful graphic novel with topics that youth may not have seen in the past, especially in graphic novel form. The book allows you to see into the life of Jarrett as well, both on the positive and negative fronts. The graphic novel is an important novel that allows young adults to realize that you can share the struggles that you have in your life in ways that you might not have first thought. The book is a quick, but profound read!

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