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Monday, December 25, 2017

Going The Wrong Path

The Botelho family emigrates from the African country of Angola to the United States of America for a better life. Antonio, the younger son, is rather timid and quiet. A caring and studious person, he has aspirations to attend a good university and land a great job. Silvio, the older brother, a good soccer player, is on the wild side, but has hopes of acquiring a soccer scholarship to a good university. The Botelho family is working hard and all four are achieving the American Dream, even though Silvio gets mixed with the wrong crowd. Suddenly, a tragedy occurs. Will Silvio’s wild side take over? Being Antonio’s only adult relative in the United States, will Silvio drag him to his wild ways? This is a compelling story of a young man trying to achieve his academic and professional goals while surrounded by adversity, drug use, drug dealing, and crime. Will he succeed? Or will the environment kill all of his dreams and perhaps even himself?

Going The Wrong Path (Coming Of Age)
By Arthur Weissmann
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN #978-1521472194
Price $12.75 (Paperback)
Price $2.99 (Kindle)
481 Pages
Rating 4.5-Stars

“How Two Children Survive”

This is the story of two brothers, Antonio and Silvio Botelho. Their family emigrates from Africa to America for a better life, but when their parents are killed, the boys are left on the street. Now they need to survive, and hope to continue their education, but Antonio must join his brother in the criminal activities he has been involved with already. This is their story, and how they reach their goals through diversity.

I’ve read better coming of age stories, and you don’t have to be an immigrant to face hardships in this land of plenty. Nor do you need to turn to crime to survive; you do it because you want to. Poverty is not limited to one group or race, and there are plenty of starving kids out there. Our own veterans are overlooked, as well as mental patients, while we pour money into welfare programs. But this is one of those stories where crime is an out, and it is an interested story about these two brothers. I highly recommend it for those readers who especially like coming of age stories facing immigrants.

Tom Johnson


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