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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
A Warrior’s Son by Duke Pasquini deals with social issues that affect thirteen-year-old Jake Bennett. Jake misses his Army father, Nick, a soldier deployed in Iraq, but does his best to cope, despite constant bullying at school. He takes his frustration out on his mother and small brother, neglecting the fact that they miss Nick too. Jake’s father returns, but he seems aloof, which only infuriates Jake more. His friends try to comfort him, but they are not the ones who have a parent on tour, so how can they understand what he is experiencing? Nick tries to bond with Jake before leaving again and attempts to share his wisdom while bonding with his son. Unfortunately, Jake’s rebellious outbursts and actions dampen the mood, much to everyone’s regret.
A Warrior’s Son is so convincing that I am sure persons from a military family can identify with the personal problems that Jake and his family have. Duke Pasquini's writing is fluent and knowledgeable, giving a touching, detailed demonstration of the emotional and social issues those persons with a military background often experiences. The story is intense and tear-jerking because the author painstakingly showed how Jake’s reactions to his father’s absence compared to his little brother. There were times I felt annoyed with Jake for being so self-centred and thoughtless to his family, yet I knew he was only a normal teenager who missed not having his father around, like other children. This is a well-written story that I found quite thought provoking.