03. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Teen Books · Tags:

Monster by Walter Dean Myers, 281 pages, read by Angie, on 02/02/2013

Steve is on trial for his life. He is accused of being the lookout during a robbery/homicide. While he is sitting in jail, Steve, the budding filmmaker, creates a film depicting his life and the events he is currently living. He is a 16-year-old, scared and alone, hoping that he will not spend the rest of his life in jail.

This is a really powerful story and probably a very accurate one for so many young people. Steve is a kid with promise who just happens to know some shady people from his neighborhood. While I didn’t always appreciate the film script structure of the book, I do think it made for an interesting and different way to portray the story. This book was definitely worthy of all the accolades that were heaped on it.

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