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At 3 years old Jarrett was pouring his own breakfast cereal, and his grandparents knew something had to change. They took him in, and his loving, addicted mother became a penpal, flickering in and out of his childhood.
It's a good and interesting childhood, full of good people who made not so good choices, and following his life from birth to highschool graduation. Comic-memoirs are a unique kind of book and this one is a masterpiece. With every word, we get to know Jarrett, and with every picture we come to understand him. He shows us more then he tells, and that is a joy. — Leah Moore
A deeply personal graphic memoir. I had to read it in one sitting as I could not tear myself away from Jarrett's world. His portrayal of his family and friends is so authentic and beautifully felt. This could have been a very different story, and that is testament to the strength of love. The style and feel of the illustrations match perfectly with the nostalgic feel. A must read for sure.— Becky Doherty
Krosoczka is a writer-illustrator best known for his popular kids series Lunch Lady and Platypus Police. His graphic memoir, however, is a powerful story that will appeal to all ages. At a young age Krosoczka was abandoned by his heroin-addicted mother, leaving his ornery grandparents to pick up the slack. He grows up amid an atmosphere of cigarette smoke, casual barbs and endless cocktails, all the while seeking to express the turmoil of emotions inside. What could be bitter is sweetened by Krosoczka's adult understanding of the family tensions that produced his situation and the delightful art that proves to be his liberation. Great stuff. — Charles Bottomley
Powerful graphic memoir. Beautiful, gritty and a testament to what love, strength and even a not so traditional family makeup can accomplish. Realistic look at life, love, addiction and family. This book will stay with you long after you close the cover. Ages 14 to adults. — Jeanette
This memoir is a courageous story about one young man’s experience growing up in a household marked by addiction, secrets, and silence. When Jarrett’s mom prioritizes her drug dependence over her son, Jarrett goes to live with his grandparents—who suffer from addiction in their own way, too. Resonant, heart-gripping, and honest, Hey, Kiddo will inspire young adults to turn to their passions (like comics and art!) to get through tough times.— Aubrey Restifo