Review: The Fugitive Grandma by Dmitri Ragano

Summary
The Fugitive Grandma tells the story of two unlikely bandits. A dreamy boy and his feisty grandmother plot an audacious, Robin Hood-style scheme to steal prescription medicine for the sick and needy.
 
Johnny Valentine is a lonely boy who wants to become a hero, just like the masked avengers from the pages of his comic books. His grandmother Stella is a retired supermarket clerk and cancer survivor with a fierce sense of justice. Running out of time, money and options, the old lady is driven by the need to make one last great contribution.

Together the boy and his grandma plan a series of bold robberies against a big box supermarket-and-pharmacy chain. They outwit the retailer’s ruthless security team as well as local police and a crew of seedy gangsters who prey on the sick and elderly.
 
The general public follows their sensational crime spree, wondering how they should judge the crazy young boy and his fugitive grandma. Are Johnny and Stella Valentine a menace to society? Or are they the only ones trying to save it?

Review
Everyone loves their grandma, right? Well, if you don't than you will really love this one in this book. Who said growing old has to be boring. Not only was this an engaging read but what a pleasant surprise. You never want to root for bad behavior but in this case, you never know what you will do unless you are in their shoes. 

This is definitely one of those books to put on your summer guilty pleasure list. This is definitely a quick paced, easy read. Every chapter is themed and just right length to guide the story along. It's a blended family drama and thriller that will get you hooked from the beginning. It's one of those books that makes you curiosity from the beginning for you to want to keep reading. You absolutely won't want to put the book down. I say that for so many reasons. 

I really think the author did a fantastic job writing these characters because not only were they well defined but you completely forget you are reading fictional characters. Their realistic qualities make you so engaged in the story that you forget that you are reading a book. I can completely picture this book as a movie. The two main characters are not exactly what you would picture in this typical mold for the premise of the story but that is what makes it so much more interesting. All you want to do is just keep flipping the pages.

Here is a little bit about them to get you started:

Stella - This is one awesome Grandma. Anyone who messes with her is definitely going to be in for a rude awakening. After failed attempts to help her diagnosed cancer, she was put in a clinical trial study that changed her life forever. After improved results, the experimental drug took her from uncertain dim to remission. Like so many others like her who worked for companies that many retire from, living on those benefits is what made her life secured. Everything changed one day when a giant retail company came in and bought her local store which supplied the medicine that she needed. In secret, they decided not to honor the benefits anymore which left Stella desperate to get her meds. That desperation drove her to a place that took her on one fascinating and unpredictable journey.

Frank - This would be the son of Stella. He is one of those people who is always looking for the dream. He is always chasing the next best thing that will grant him rich success which never seems to come. After his wife leaves him for her rich boss, he just continues to make poor choices that affects his financial stability for his family. After deciding to take on a business partner, he finds himself in a desperate situation that makes him make a trail of decisions that nearly cost him his family.

Johnny - This is the son of Frank and Stella's grandson. He absolutely adores and loves his Grandma. Being a typical young boy, he loves superheros. All he wants to do is be one. While visiting her house one day, he discovers in her room a gun that sparked his imagination and curiosity about his grandmother. After hearing a conversation with his father and his business partner, he decides to take matters in his own hands and makes a proposition to his grandmother that would changes their lives forever.

There is so much more that makes this story worth the read but I don't want to give too much away because than it will ruin your experience with the book. Now, there are things in the book around the story that will make you question your own thoughts about certain actions whether they are right or wrong. Look at it from this perspective, sometimes good people do things that they would never do when put in a desperate situation. No matter how wrong many of her actions may be, you just can't help but root for her. 

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Book Information
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2/5/13
Pages: 386