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Official Review: Granite Grit by Lee cooper

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Official Review: Granite Grit by Lee cooper

Post Number:#1 by Anki_Real_Reviews
» 20 Feb 2017, 13:03

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Granite Grit" by Lee cooper.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Granite Grit by Lee Cooper revolves around the life of Joe. He is in his early thirties and is married to a beautiful wife, May. He loves her with all his heart and finds himself counting his blessings every time he looks at her. He is a proud father of two kids: a boy and a girl. Joe did not have a normal childhood and the ugliness of his early life still haunts him. His father, David Rhodes, was not a loving father. He pushed Joe too hard to make him a boxer. Joe began going to the boxing gym at the very early age. However, as soon as Joe married May, they decided that his fighting days were over. He began working in a paper mill to support his family. Everything was going smoothly, but, as luck would have it, the mill was closed shut. All the workers, including Joe, got fired. His family begins struggling to keep a roof over their heads and pay their bills. This is when Joe meets his old boxing gym buddy, Tim. He offers Joe to come back to the gym. Long story short, Joe is drawn back into the world of fighting. Little does he know that this world would turn his family upside down.

"The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree." As soon as I finished the book, I couldn't help but wonder the impact of this idiom on its plot. Joe hated his father from all he had; however, he found himself following his footsteps. One more intriguing thought that I found in the plot was a child's need to make his/her parents proud of his/her achievements. Although Joe wanted to kill his own father, he could not help but seek his father's validation/praise in everything he did.

The book is full of thought-provoking ideas -- if a reader pays close attention to it. A spoiled childhood can impact a child's whole life; therefore, it is important for the parents to provide a happy and healthy childhood to their kids. Although the physical signs of David Rhodes' beatings disappeared from Joe's body as the time passed, the imprints of emotional torment remained with him throughout his life. These emotional sufferings did not spoil only Joe's life; his whole family paid the price of the pain and hurt that Joe hid inside his heart.

Lee Cooper has kept the overall plot interesting with the help of various twists. As a reader, I did not find any dull moment while reading the book. One may think that the graphic details of the boxing matches might have been overwhelming, but this could not be far from the reality. I am not a boxing fan, but I found myself enjoying those fights. The author has written the book in a manner that I felt as if Joe was narrating his story to me. Except for the last twist, the overall plot seemed quite realistic to me. I am amazed by the author's knowledge about various boxing moves. It is evident that he has done his research before writing the book.

All the characters are well-defined and extremely realistic. My favorite character, however, remained Joe's wife, May. She is portrayed as a strong woman. She is not afraid to speak her mind to her enraged husband. She lends a helping hand in her family's hour of need. Although she does not have a very big role in the plot, I couldn't help but admire her contribution to the story.

The conversations are sensible. The author has not stuffed pages with an unnecessary exchange of dialogues, which I, as a reader, appreciated a lot. The language comprises of abusive words, here and there, which, I believe, has been included to increase the authenticity. I was able to make a connection with the central character, Joe. This connection made me love the book even more.

Although I tried hard to find any negative point about the book, I failed in my quest (except for the final twist). Hence, this book has earned 4 out of 4 stars from me. I would recommend this book to the readers who are looking for an engaging plot with several action scenes.

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Re: Official Review: Granite Grit by Lee cooper

Post Number:#2 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 21 Mar 2017, 07:57

Boy, I would never purposefully pick up a book about boxing, of all things. However, your review makes this sound like so much more than just a "boxing book." It sounds like there is significant depth, as well as themes common to mankind in general. Good review!
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Re: Official Review: Granite Grit by Lee cooper

Post Number:#3 by Anki_Real_Reviews
» 21 Mar 2017, 08:41

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:Boy, I would never purposefully pick up a book about boxing, of all things. However, your review makes this sound like so much more than just a "boxing book." It sounds like there is significant depth, as well as themes common to mankind in general. Good review!

I, too, was worried that this book might overwhelm me with many boxing details; however, to my delight, it turned out to have much more depth to it. :D
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