Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Angela Hayes

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A Kane is a superb contemporary fiction story that really surprised me by how much I loved it. Not having read the author before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but the blurb looked promising and a little different from what I have been reading of late, so I took a chance and dove in. I really am having trouble doing this brilliant book the justice that it deserves… The author really is an incredible storyteller, who took me on a journey that I won’t soon forget. This book contains a coming of age story, with a very strong friendship at the core of it all. The story also covers some social and political ‘issues’ that really added an extra element, and atmosphere, to the whole story. The plot is quite emotive- I really felt so much while following along on this story- my heart ached for the character/s at times.
It is the incredible characters, their connection- and their bond of friendship that is the true star of this novel. They bring this story to life, elevating it and setting it apart from others in the same genre. I cannot recommend this story enough!
I will definitely be reading more of Mr. Kane’s work from here on out!

Thank you, Mr. Kane!


Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Shannon Fowler

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here’s a story that is well written and thought provoking. Jackson is a typical kid from the ‘hood with a drunk father and a runaway mother. He is bi-racial so he feels like he doesn’t fit in anywhere. It doesn’t help that his good for nothing father tells him he doesn’t fit in.

This story got me to thinking about my own life and fitting in. Each adventure or mis-adventure that the boys took reminded me of the dumb stuff I did as a kid too.

Leaving Jackson Wolf feels like its written in the 60’s or the 70’s but then Jackson and McDougal talk about Trump and other current events reminding me that it is written in current time.

I can recommend this book to readers looking for a different kind of story, one that makes you think about what your doing, where your going and how your going to get there. A story that makes you think about your own personal actions and reactions.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Maura Harper

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I tend to read the same type of story over and over again so lately I’ve been reading books “blind”. For this particular book, I didn’t even look at the cover – I just chose it. I did not know what it was going to be about, the genre, the author, well you get the drift.

I cracked the binding on this book after work last night at about 6PM and didn’t go to sleep until I was finished.

This is a super powerful story of growing up. The story takes place in a very short amount of time and it has very few characters that I needed to focus on. The setting is bleak, the outlook is not encouraging and the overall feeling of the book is dark, like a cloudy day when it looks like rain but it never comes. Shining through this setting is the brilliant, powerful, mishmash of human beings being human.

Every Jackson should have a James and every James should have a Jackson in their lives. The power of this friendship is breathtaking.

After reading the story, I looked up the author and was surprised that this beautiful story was written by a man (I hate admitting that because it feels so sexist. After reading his bio, I have a crush and will be stalking him for future stories.

I cannot say enough about this book and I cannot recommend it enough.

Review by @mauraharper

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Leaving Jackson Wolf By P.A. Kane – Review by Laura Furuta

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leaving Jackson Wolf
By: P.A. Kane
5 out of 5 stars

The story Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane is a YA/coming of age book. It is a story that I enjoyed reading. It is about the life of a teenage boy who is trying to deal with school, home life, and love. It is a journey that I found emotional and also thought-provoking. Reading about Jackson Wolf had me at times smiling, sad, angry, and frustrated. His story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. The book tells of how he gains a friend in James McDougal. While you wouldn’t have been able to tell from the first time that they meet these two become inseparable. Bikes, music, and the girls in their lives are constant subjects between them. Both of their fathers like to drink heavily, and this is also something that they talk about. Wolf’s life can be chaotic and at times overwhelms him. He does at times have conflicted emotions about those around him. There comes a time when Wolf loses some of those in his life and he begins to wonder why and if it is life conspiring against him. Sometimes advice can be given that can help you find your inner strength and power. Will Wolf get the advice and help that he needs? Read this book to find out. I found both Wolf and McDougal to be very mischievous in some their actions. McDougal is the tech person in their friendship and Wolf is the one that pushes them to strengthen themselves. I also enjoyed reading about the part that many of the additional characters play in Wolf and McDougal’s life and their interactions with them. This is a story that is well-written and one I would recommend reading.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane – Review by Bobbi Wagner

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a Young Adult-Coming of Age story that kept me reading until the end. This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed the fast paced, engaging plot. This is a story about a young man and his journey of discovery of who he is and what his future could be. The characters took me on an emotional roller coaster ride that includes bullying. They are true to life and typical high schoolers that really are just learning to live. I highly recommend reading this book.

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Leaving Jackson Wolf by P.A. Kane

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Genre: Coming of Age/Fiction
Page Count – 212 pages
Cover Designer: Caroline Kane
Publisher – NFB Publishing
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Leaving Jackson Wolf  is a modern coming of age story focused on two fringe fifteen year old boys—biracial Jackson and undersized McDougal (hypopituitarism)—trying to find their power in a complicated, unforgiving world. Jackson and McDougal come together after bullies randomly target and literally throw undersized McDougal at Jackson in a school hallway. A fight ensues and suspensions are issued. Post fight, Jackson is indifferent to McDougals overtures of friendship, but then the little whiz-kid shows him how he can use his iPhone to block security cameras at a local Rite Aid so they can steal some beer. From there they become fast friends and together they face challenges of family dysfunction, loss and alcohol abuse while bonding over indie music, extreme biking and ways to hang onto their smart strong girlfriends— Lexi and Syd. As people start to exit Jackson life he believes the world is conspiring against him. But with the help of McDougal and his friend Jessica Lee he learns to lean on his strength and goodness as his he is about to confront his greatest challenge yet.


Growing up in a three bed/one bath house with nine siblings in Buffalo, New York it was a just the facts, assembly-line type of childhood. However, one day during my tumultuous teen years in the late seventies that all changed when my exhausted mom uncharacteristically asked several probing questions about how I was doing, what I wanted of life and how I was going to get there . . . totally confounding me. She was supposed to dish out commands and make declarative statements—take out the trash, don’t come home unless you’re bleeding, every time you masturbate it’s a hundred-years in purgatory. She wasn’t supposed ask articulate, inward looking, questions about myself. Self-examination and contemplation, was light years beyond my transactional existence.

Eventually, though, due to a certain amount of aimlessness and failure I did come to consider my mom’s questions and many more which led me to writing. Presently, I am the author of two novels Written In The Stars: The Book Of Molly (2016) and my current book Leaving Jackson Wolf—which chronicles the coming of age story of Jackson Wolf and James McDougal—two fringe fifteen year old boys searching for their power in a complicated unforgiving world.

Presently I live in West Seneca, New York with my wife and three college age children. I have a State University of New York background in English and I love trade paperbacks, quiet black mornings and The Ramones.