This New York Times bestselling novel and National Book Award nominee from acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial. Presented as a screenplay of Steve's own imagination, and peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can change our whole lives.
Fade In: Interior: Early Morning In Cell Block D, Manhattan Detention Center.
Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady prosecutor called me ... Monster.
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Topics: New York City, Prison, Peer Pressure, Murder, Urban, Race Relations, Crime, Discrimination, Prisoners, Emotional, Realistic, Suspenseful, Epistolary Novels, Play Script, First Person Narration, Realism, African American Author, American Author, Male Author, Survival, and 20th Century
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The subject is obviously a tough one, but I think it's well presented and does a fantastic job of showcasing truth and reality of life.
I found the content fascinating and while some of the character's are questionable (i'm still unsure of whether Steve was actually in the drugstore...he kept mentioning he went in for mints...) the overall message of good over evil and the justice system prevailing still managed to come across.
It would have been an entirely different book and commentary if the ending hadn't happened the way it did.more