Title: Dogs of Balboa
Author: Rose Christo
Release Date: June 26, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary, Young Adult
Page Count: 307
Reviewed by: Lenalena
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Michael Mirez witnesses a sexual assault and does nothing to stop it. Torn apart by guilt, Michael sabotages his own life, until one year later, when Michael unexpectedly crosses paths with the victim again. Michael is determined to make it up to Noah, a painfully shy Native American boy whose only ambition is to travel into space. But Noah doesn’t remember Michael; and Michael doesn’t have the courage to refresh his memory. And behind Noah’s attack lies a disturbing pastime with roots as old as America itself.
Not Christo’s best, but it comes together in the end.
The start of this book is a bit messy and repetitive, with Michael’s self recrimination approaching the dreaded ‘wallow’ and not a whole lot happening, but after the gut punch of the Day of the Dead celebration it tightens up admirably.
The characters are memorable, as is always the case with Christo. This just needed another beta reader, I think.