Thursday, June 11, 2009

Review of Unsigned Hype

Debut Author from World of Hip-Hop
Delivers Story that Brings the Urban Young-Adult Experience to Life

Synopsis of the novel -

Tory Tyson may only be in high school, but he knows what he wants out of life--a successful music career. And he's not going to learn about all that at school. So when school lets out next month he's not going back. He's finally ready to stop spinning old records at parties and start laying down his own beats--and the Unsigned Hype music contest is the perfect place to launch his career. But will he be able to handle the fame and fortune he seeks?

A review of the novel -

I had my 17 year old son, Aaron, read and review this book. Here's what he had to say:

"This is a great story about a young man taking the right steps in life to become successful. This kid named Tory Tyson, "Terror Tory", has an incredible, God-given talent to create and produce music that inspires everyone to come together and enjoy life. While on his journey to stardom he goes through the good and bad things that come with being popular and famous. He still strives to do things the right way through the good and bad. Author, Booker T. Mattison's plot was great. Everything flowed smoothly and transistioned well. The characters were well thought out and perfect for this story. This story will inspire all young people. It shows that even though you grew up in a bad neighborhood and around negative people, that you can still overcome the overwhelming odds and obstacles in life and be successful and do good things with your life." ...Aaron McKnight

I'm going to make him a writer out of him yet. :o)

Aaron enjoyed the book. He read it in two days which is always a good sign, so this is a highly recommended one for the young set.

About the author -

Booker T. Mattison is a writer and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s “The Gilded Six Bits,” which aired on Showtime. His films have been screened at the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, the Directors Guild of America, and Harvard University. He has also written and directed music videos for Grammy-nominated the Cross Movement, as well as other Christian rap and R&B artists. His music videos have aired on BET, MTV Europe, the Gospel Music Channel, and TBN. Mattison lives in Newburg, New York, with his wife and four children. This is his first novel.

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Cecelia Dowdy said...

Nice review. Very well done. Sounds like a good read. I may have to check this one out.

LaShaunda said...

Good review. SORMAG is always looking for good reviewers, especially a young man's opinion. If you're interested, let me know.

Anonymous said...

This is your grandma Aaron. I think with your recommendation and insight I may read that book sounds like he has a lot going for him ...Although school is very IMPORTANT ..there alway time to fulfill dreams ...

ashea goldson said...

Aaron, your review is very good. This sounds like a book I would recommend to my students.

heather said...

Hi Aaron, that was a very good review. It sounds like a good book with a positive message to convey.

Anonymous said...

Great review! I'll pick this up for my 18 year-old son who is also into music.

Wanda B. Campbell

iris celeste said...

great reviewer. i wish my boys liked to read!

Sharon Ball said...

Aaron did a great job! Bravo!!!

From Tia's Pen said...

Oh yeah...there's definitely some kind of writing in the future. Aaron wrote that review better than those who've been doing it for years. I wish he read my kind of books! LOL! Just kidding!

PatriciaW said...

Nice review, Aaron. My 14yo is already planning to read it, but he's one of those who doesn't want to know about the story before he does so I won't send him to your review just yet. After he reads it, I'll see if he agrees with you, which will make for interesting discussion, I hope. I thought the book was great.

Felesia said...

Great job with the review Aaron. I really enjoyed reading it and I think I'll get the book for my young nephew who will be up visiting for the next few weeks. I'm looking forward to reading more reviews from you.


Felesia said...

I enjoyed reading your review. It was very well done. The book sound interesting and I think my young nephew might enjoy it. I think I'll get it for him. He's going to be up visiting us for the next few weeks. Keep up the good work