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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
What would you do if the person you admired the most was a criminal? Selo: The Mentor by Douglas Setter is the story of a boy who was going through the same dilemma. Les was not the best when it came to protecting himself. He had a regular issue with bullies wherever he went and there wasn’t much he could do about it. He had no idea how to get the bullies off his case, but being 16 and skinny was not working for him at all. However, his luck changed when he befriended Matt Selo who just happened to be an ex-convict. Before he knew it, Selo became the mentor he needed to survive. However, Selo was wanted by people who aimed to hurt him and there was not much Les could do about it. Or could he? Would he get the chance to protect Selo as Selo had protected him?
Selo: The Mentor by Douglas Setter is such a great story of a young boy finding a father figure he could trust. Les was a very likable character. He was not looking for pity, just looking for someone who he could be friends with and who would understand him. Matt Sello proved to be exactly what this 16-year-old boy needed to become more confident and settled in his skin. Les and Selo had a very strange yet calming relationship. They both provided the other with a sense of belonging that they were craving. The sub-plot ran smoothly in the background so that the main plot had free reign to entice readers. I enjoyed the conversations Les and Selo had and thoroughly enjoyed how introspective they became. Les’s dilemma to keep Selo safe was believable and relatable as well. That was because Selo was his safe place, a person who believed in him and finally treated him like an equal. I loved their dynamic and how their decisions shaped the story. Reading this novel was a whole new experience for me.