City of Angels by K. Patrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
City of Angels by K. Patrick chronicles the life of a young boxer named Michael Connolly as he grows up in East L.A. His trainer, Jerry, is an ex-con who squandered his talent as a fighter but wants to help Michael make it to the Olympics. Michael lives in one group home but gets sent to another where he develops deep connections with Maria and Lizzie. Together they are a family. Unexpected events conspire to land Michael in a position he never saw for himself and his struggle to navigate the treacherous new waters is a journey from bottom to top back to bottom. The ending is uncertain for Michael and his little family and you'll be hard pressed to find a band of characters you will root for more.
There is a lot of dialogue in this book and it is all very well done and necessary to keep the story flowing throughout the entire 750+ pages. This is a very long book but that worked in it's favor for me. The characters were fantastic, the story was very well written,and City of Angels goes to the top of the list for this reader.
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