Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo Book Summary

In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.

Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.

Title:Hey, Kiddo
Edition Language:English



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  • Lola

    I only realized I have read this author before (five times, actually) when I read the authors note and realized that hes the creator of Lunch Lady.No wonder I didnt figure it out. This is not humorou...

  • Malia

    Despite this being a graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo is not an easy or light read by any means. It tells a moving, sad, but also hopeful story of a family affected by addiction and loss. I had not known abo...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    After two hours of alternate crying and laugh-out-louds, here I am sitting up to write a short review about this book. I picked up the book without knowing anything about it.It turned out to be a memo...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4.5 stars!What a wonderful memoir! I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczk...

  • Cassie Thomas

    I understand that when others read this book they may only focus on the fact that there is so much darkness, but from someone who experienced similar circumstances as a child and into adulthood - ther...

  • David Schaafsma

    I read this 300 page graphic memoir in one sitting. It's a fairly straightforward and simply sketched--which is to say intimate--tale of a boy growing up without a father and mostly without his mother...

  • Jessica

    After just a few pages of this book, I wanted to find Jarrett Krosoczka and hug him. Just . . . hug him for a minute. I met him, got my book signed, he was so nice! And handsome, and well dressed! And...

  • Brooke ? brooklynnnnereads

    This graphic novel came out of left field and hit me, it hit me hard. Prior to receiving this to review, I had not heard anything regarding this graphic novel so although it was a happy surprise, I wa...

  • Tatiana

    A tender story of how families can come in all kinds of shapes. I have to say, Jarrett is more generous to some of his family members than I ever could be in his situation....

  • Jen Petro-Roy

    Utterly phenomenal. Krosoczka takes his talent to a whole new and utterly personal level....