Brett Hartman lived an unremarkable life in Fort Lauderdale until May 18, , 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.
His memoir Hammerhead 84 covers his journey through the mental health industry.
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Cadillac Chronicles is his debut novel. He lives in Albany, New York, with his wife and their two sons. A Cadillac takes an ornery old black man and an angry white teenager down a road neither has traveled before. 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. I think they are two of most likable folks to come along in young adult books for awhile.
But it is much, much more. It is a story of growing up. It's about growing old. It's about family.
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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.
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I am so glad that I still chose to jump in and I am so happy to be able to share this book with others. Alex is a boy much like many of the teens we know- a loner, over medicated, depressed, yet brilliant and talented and no one sees it. Also, he has a mother who just doesn't see that he should be a priority. Lucky for him, his mother's need for publicity and acceptance brought him face to face with a man that changed his life.
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Even reading this summary, it almost sounds cliche and didactic, but it is more than that. It is a road trip book that doesn't fit into the fold of other road trip books. I am a fan of road trip books because they are definitely a way to help characters unfold and for hope, realization, epiphanies, etc.
And what makes this book so special? Lester Bray. Lester Bray is the man that changes Alex's life. Lester is a man that outside of our story, changed many lives. He is so real that I feel like I know him and also makes me wish I could. View 1 comment. Dec 01, Pamela Kramer rated it it was amazing. 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. Lester Bray is not someone Alex Riley would ever have thought of as a friend. He's more like a social project that his mother decided on.
Have an elderly person move in with the two of them -- brownie points that might help to advance her political car "Cadillac Chronicles" by Brett Hartman is, on the surface, a journey by car to the South. Have an elderly person move in with the two of them -- brownie points that might help to advance her political career. But after a short time, his mom wants Lester to leave. He's old, he's grumpy, and he doesn't like politics. But when he's told he has to leave, he has nowhere to go.
Alex suggests that they go south to visit Lester's sister. He offers to accompany Lester. Alex has a secret motive. His father, who left his mother when Alex was one, has never communicated with Alex. Alex looked him up and knows he lives in Ft. Alex wants to meet him and find out why his father has made no effort to be a part of Alex's life. Lester agrees to the plan and they sneak out the next morning driving Lester's ancient Cadillac. What ensues is a trip that is life-changing for Alex.
He doesn't just find his father, he finds his moral compass. And it's a compass that leads him to do the right thing -- no matter what. Read the whole review at: Cadillac Chronicles Jan 18, Vince Vawter rated it it was amazing. A road trip for a year-old is not that unusual. Maybe not even in a Cadillac Deville. But when Alex Riley hooks up with Lester Bray, an elderly black man, the game is on. I enjoyed every mile of it.
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The reader needs to know that the writer doesn't cop out on the sexual yearnings of a year-old as well as a boy's new-found freedom with profanity. At the same time, the reality of the racial divide is explored with a splendid frankness. To gloss over the above would make for a trip that doesn' A road trip for a year-old is not that unusual. To gloss over the above would make for a trip that doesn't have any soul. Road stories demand that we learn something at the end of the journey.
Alex does and so do we. In spades.
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Jan 28, Elisha Roberts rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a fan of the swearing, but it still was an amazing book! I'd totally recommend it :. Jul 02, Brain Annex rated it liked it Shelves: lead-boy , ya , , debut. Although the overall storyline is a bit predictable, the stops along the way are interesting.
Not groundbreaking but solid for a debut novel. Oct 25, Emilyf11 rated it it was amazing. Enjoyable satisfying read. Mar 14, Yael Levy rated it it was amazing. Jan 29, Anna Olswanger rated it it was amazing. Cadillac Chronicles is the story of a white teenage boy and an elderly black man traveling together but heading in opposite directions. The unlikely pairing of Alex, the teenage boy, and Lester, the elderly man, comes by way of an adopt-a-senior program gone haywire.
Instead, Lester absconds with Alex on a road trip from Albany to Fort La Cadillac Chronicles is the story of a white teenage boy and an elderly black man traveling together but heading in opposite directions.