There is something about a frightening true story that grabs an audience and won't let go. Combining all the shock of 'A Child Called It' with the 2018 news report of the Turpin parents who abused their 13 children in California, HOLLYWOOD PARK pulls the reader into the soul of a child living through this puzzling mix of hell, hope for normalcy, and the amazing power of the will to survive. There are no pretenses, no facade of a mother's physical presence making up for everything else that a child needs or should not have to endure.
However, do not let the horrific start in life stop you from reading this book; there is the proverbial light at the end of a this very dark and fetid tunnel. Despite the emptiness of a cult upbringing, the emotional and physical abuse from his older brother as well as mom's boyfriends/husbands, and the total ineptitude of the birth mother to provide real mothering, author Mikel Jollet feels a sibling connection which makes him try to stop the near fatal beating of his brother. Mikel then finds the inner strength to overcome this life of obstacles and go on to achieve a university education and career success that many would envy.