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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P. A. Kane – Review by Julie Lounello

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf by P. A. Kane is a five star novel. Teenage angst runs rampant in this book and this is my guilty pleasure. I love young adult novels and actually prefer them. I was also drawn to this novel because of the intriguing cover. I don’t know what it is exactly but as soon as I saw the cover, I knew I needed to read this novel. I didn’t look at the synopsis or any reviews or anything before picking it up. I was right in knowing I needed to read this book. Jackson is a teenage boy with a love interest and trouble at school. As we get to know more about him, we find out about his mom leaving and his dad being a bully. No wonder Jackson tries standing up for his classmates who are being bullied. As the book progresses, Jackson and his friends navigate their lives and try to make themselves better people than the crappy role models they have had in the past.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Lucy Berson

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane. This is a new to me author and I truly enjoyed this book. This is a coming of age book. Jackson and McDougal bond over a lot of negative things they have in common: bullies, being social outcasts and they both have drunks as fathers. All Jackson is trying to do is figure out his place in life.
This book will have you turning the pages unbelievably fast, trying to see what happens next. You are guaranteed to love this book and get choked up along the way. I can not wait to see what this author has up his sleeve next.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf is the first book I have read by P.A. Kane. I would definitely read more, because I really enjoyed this story. It is short, but has so much deep content. It is a coming of age story, but with more intense content. It is the story of Jackson Wolf and James McDougal, two teenage boys who started a friendship over being bullied. During the story, other teens are introduced, and they each seem to bond over their drunk fathers and rough lives. Jackson is biracial and his mom split when he was young, and he is left with an alcoholic, abusive father. James is scrawny and smart, so bullied for being a nerd. They soon become each others shoulder to lean on while they both go through some rough times, including breakups and losses of friendships and family members. Jackson learns to find strength in the strangest of places and what started as a chance, and reluctant encounter, was the change in his life he needed.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P. A. Kane – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf by P. A. Kane

4-stars

This coming of age novel follows a young Jackson Wolf. He has several incidents that allow him to view life differently. He was a great main character and I really enjoyed following his story. It took me a little bit to get into the story but once I did it was hard to put down. Good book!

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Sunday Barnaby

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane
Four Stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf is a new coming of age/YA book by P.A. Kane. This is the first book I have read by P.A. Kane, and I love the powerful writing style emotional issues this author tackled in this story. This book deals with bullying, emotional abuse, and racial issues. This book follow Jackson Wolf and James McDougal, two boy that form an unlikely friendship when they are bullied in school. The boys find they have more in common, and bond through the hard times they find themselves in both in school and at home. The author brings up difficult issues, and does a great job letting readers feel the emotions running through these characters. I really enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to everyone looking for a short emotional read. I look forward to reading more books from P.A. Kane.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Erica Fish

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf is a brilliantly YA Coming of Age book by P.A. Kane. Kane is a new author to my list of authors. He has an amazing way of telling a story, He brings you into the story from the very first page until the last page. It seems to me that there are many Coming of Age stories and most of what I had read is about a girl/woman. Now that does not mean there aren’t any about boy/man but I have not found many of them. This story makes you think about things you may know about teenage boy/male struggles. Kane provides this insight and I am thankful he did write this book. This story was breath taking, tearful, and emotional. I would recommend reading this story with a box of tissues because you maybe surprise how a teenage boy sees the world.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a heck of a ride. I will warn you now there is no fairy tales here, no reminiscing over happy childhoods and not fond memories to be had really. One thing I can be sure of is P.A. Kane sure can write one emotive coming of age novel sure to well remembered by me for a long time to come.

There are some difficult situations dealt with in the novel, from abuse to alcoholic parents, which also leads to emotional abuse which in my opinion is just as bad as physical abuse. As much as I hate attaching a warning label to a novel (I really think everyone should go into books with an open mind it could be exactly what you need.) I am going to say this even had some moments where I was struck in the feels and things touched some chords. Just keep in mind if you have some lurking substance abuse in your family history this could be a bit of a touchy novel for you to read.

This is the coming of age story about Jackson Wolf. His life is far from easy, actually it’s a nightmare and I was crying for this boy more often than not while reading this. We follow him and his new friend James McDougal as they attempt to steer through a world that makes very little sense and they are doing it the best they know how considering the role models that they have had. I really enjoyed each of their personalities and the way they managed to get through things, even when they are not very good. This is definitely not one you want to miss, especially if you love coming of age and emotional reads. I can’t wait to check out more of P.A. Kane’s work.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Kerry Baker

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane is a brilliant coming of age novel. This if the first book I have read by this author and I am blown away by how amazing it was. It is a unique story of two young boys, friends to only each other, on the outskirts of the teenage society. This novel really explores what their life is like and true troubles they have to face in a daily basis.
Everything about this book is the two characters. It is entirely their story being told. The author really goes into them in great depth, without really any distractions from the story or other characters.
He really knows how to grab your attention as well. The blurb is purposely vague and doesn’t really give away what to expect. It does nothing to prepare you for how deeply you will get sucked into this novel. A brilliant story, one I will be thinking about for a long time.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Karyn Taylor

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf is a young adult novel by P.A. Kane about a teenage boy coming of age. This is a genre that I very seldom read but was intrigued by the blurb and decided to give this novel a try. I must add that I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed this story.
Jackson Wolf is a biracial (Black mother and white father) teenage boy growing up in a predominantly white area. His mother walked out years ago leaving Jackson with his alcoholic father Mickey. Let’s just say that Mickey will not be winning any Father Of The Year awards. Mickey is violent towards Jackson and can often be racist towards his son.
I really found Jackson to be a very inspiring young man. He’s had a really crappy start to life but he has a really wise head on his shoulders and has a fantastic outlook on life. His growing friendship with James McDougal, who has been the object of many school bullies is a very large part of this story and I loved reading about their friendship and how they both grew to rely on each other and supported each other through some very hard times. When the 2 boys first interacted with one another, you would never have guessed that they would become firm best friends.
This is a really heart-warming read about coming of age and I’m really glad I stepped away from my usual tried and trusted genres and gave this book a chance.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Michelle Austin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf was a great coming of age 5 star read.

Jackson and McDougal meet when they end up colliding with each other in school. McDougal is small for his age and was being bullied, the same ogre also turned on Jackson and needless to say he ended up suspended for 5 days. These two end up stealing some beer and getting to know each other a little more.This is also when they meet Lexi.

These two boys unexpectedly start to bond. As I learned more about Jackson my heart broke for the home life he had with his dad. I’m glad he had his grandma. As the story moves forward, these two face quite a few tough subjects.

I loved this story of strength and finding acceptance. My emotions were all over the place. Once I started I couldn’t stop reading. P.A. Kane does a great job of pulling you in with his writing. You connect with the characters and can feel what they are. This was my first read from P.A. Kane and I look forward to reading more from him.

Reviewed by @mab54615
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