Review: The Night Budda Got Deep In It – Ron D. Smith
Budda Jessico’s life has always been uneventful. He spends most of his time alone in hopes of staying away from his abusive older brother and over-bearing father. He’s content with how his life is going, although at times he finds himself yearning for something more. He’s come to terms with the fact that he’s adopted, his own mother died not long after she’d given him up. Yet he’s done his best not to let this fact get him down. In a sense, she’s never left him, as her spirit whom he calls Blood Mama, accompanies him wherever he goes.
When Blood Mama makes it known to him that his foster sister, Addie, needs a little saving, Budda embarks on a journey toward Kentucky. It’s there, she says, that he’ll be able to able find her and give her the helping hand she so clearly needs. Yet how is he supposed to do just that when he doesn’t have her address, her phone number, and no actual means to find her in the first place? Never-the-less, he’s willing to give things a shot in hopes of fulfilling Blood Mama’s request.
Budda unexpectedly finds a way to make it Valkyrie, Kentucky, Addie’s hometown. He’s ecstatic about the prospect of seeing her again. Unfortunately, finding her proves to be more than he thought he could handle. A misunderstanding allows him to come across Addie’s cousin, a prospect he first thought would prove fruitful. Yet when she refuses to be forth-coming as to Addie’s whereabouts, he soon realizes he’ll need to find a better means in which to find her if he’s to succeed in coming to her aid.
He soon learns that the Starkwether’s are people he should stay away from. They’re up to no good and they deal in selling any kind of drugs they can get their hands. He becomes privy to the fact that one such shipment is missing and that Addie is somehow tied to it. Yet no one knows where she is or what she’s done with it.
Budda’s trepidation continues to grow the further in he gets in trying to find his sister. He knows he should leave well enough alone, that perhaps she’s better off in not being discovered. It’ll keep those looking for her at bay if he keeps his nose out of her business. Deep inside, though, he knows he’s unwilling to leave things as they are now and soon finds himself immersed in a controversy that might just be the end of him, one that Addie could have prevented from the get-go.
This was a very intriguing and very engrossing story. It hooks the reader in from the moment they turn the first page. We find ourselves immersed in the life of a boy who’s circumstances lead him to a place he knows nothing about. A place he thinks will be his salvation, but it turns out to be a nightmare he never thought he’d live through. Full of gut-wrenching turmoil and endearing insights as to what makes Budda tick, The Night Budda Got Deep In It is a coming-of-age story that is sure to capture anyone’s interest and keep their attentions glued to every page until the very end!
Fifteen-year-old Budda (Butter with a souther drawl) Jessico leads an unremarkable and anonymous life in suburban St. Louis. He’s not unpopular, because someone would first have to notice him. Except for the tormenting by his older brother, however, Budda is content. He follows his father’s rules and stays out of trouble. Then, at the urging of Blood Mama (his birth mother), a voice only Budda hears, he catches a bus to Kentucky to rescue his former foster sister, Addie.
As soon as Budda reaches Louisville, he goes to a McDonald’s for the first time in his life where he meets the resolute Baresha, a fellow runaway on her own adventure. Then Budda’s mission to find his sister goes downhill. He hitches a ride to Valkyrie, Addie’s hometown, in hopes of saving her from some danger Blood Mama won’t reveal. Instead, Budda encounters her blood kin, led by the ominous Odyn Starkwether and his violent brother Dickie.
A drug shipment controlled by the Starkwethers has disappeared and so has Addie. The brothers have a mess to clean up, and Budda is soon in the middle of it. At first, Budda goes along willingly, if it will help him find Addie. Before long, though, Budda realizes it’s sometimes better to stay put.
About The Author:
Ron D. SMith started his adult life as a journalist, but gave it up when he realized he wasn’t going to become Walter Cronkite. He grew up in small towns in Missouri and Iowa, which makes his adopted hometown of Louisville look like Manhattan.
He envies the dialogue of Daniel Woodrell, the sense of place of Silas House, and how Wendell Berry makes writing seem deceptively easy. He also appreciates Elmore Leonard for being Elmore Leonard. He don’t write like anyone but himself.
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