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Dope Sick

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,370 Ratings  ·  269 Reviews
The itch starts when things get too heavy for Lil J. Skin popping or stealing pain pills from his mom help him relax. But Lil J's focus is wandering because money is short, and his man Rico knows a way to make some quick cash. It's supposed to be an easy deal, but it isn't so simple when the buyer is an undercover cop.

With a gunshot wound to the arm, Rico in jail, and a po
ebook, 208 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published February 29th 2000)
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Feb 21, 2010 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I know I'm tired of thinking about what I should have done yesterday. I know I'm just tired. If I knew what to do with my life, how to fix it up, I would have done it a long time ago. You can't dig that? You think I want to live like I'm somebody's throwaway?"

—Lil J, Dope Sick, P. 46

If I said that Dope Sick is primarily a conversation (albeit an intense one) between two guys from the inner city holed up in a tiny abandoned apartment, one of the guys having been shot in the arm by an undercov
Nov 10, 2014 Giovanni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing that I liked about the book, was the fact that it captured my attention. The way he writes, it's like if your their. Walter gives you that good visual description on what is going on. This was a good book because i could relate to the story, Some of these things do happen in real life and its just a good book. One good quote that Lil J said was " to give it, you got to live it". I don't know why I liked this but it made me think, how can you give someone something when you haven't live ...more
James Welch
Sep 16, 2014 James Welch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Welch
English 8

Over the summer I read one of the many books I read was Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers.
Dope Sick is an action packed story told by the main character Lil J a late teen from a troubled area in NYC.
For Lil J’s whole life he has been caught in a bad crowd. He has never been a bad person thats just who he has gravitated to. One day it catches up with him, his drug deal goes south and policeman gets shot. He quickly needs to find a place to hide and he locates an abandon
Breanna Ibarra
Mar 04, 2012 Breanna Ibarra is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you were in the shoes of a young man living in the city surrounded by violence, addiction, drugs, and gangs trying to provide for your family?

The book "Dope Sick" by the New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers is about a main character named Lil J trying to provide for him and his mother, and finds himself in some deep trouble with the law for drug dealing, but ends up having a miracle. It all starts when a drug deal goes wrong that one of Lil J's friend named Ri
May 27, 2011 Jesus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well i chose to read this book because it looked intersting after reading the back of the book i though i might like it and i really did its about a guy named Lil J who is being chased by the cops for a crime that he did not commit which was shooting a cop, they were selling drugs when this happened the cop was undercover and got shot but it wasn't him it was Rico his friend who shot him but he got caught and he told the police that it was Lil J who actually shot him. The Genre of the book is Re ...more
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Lil J is running away from his problems. His alcoholic mother can't seem to get straight, he can't find a decent job, and now the cops are breathing down his neck. A drug deal has gone sour, and Lil J finds himself holed up in an abandoned crack house, wounded and afraid.

He meets Kelly, a young man who asks a lot of questions and wields a television remote control. The entire situation doesn't make sense to Lil J, and things really start getting crazy whe
Jake Wambaugh
Mar 04, 2012 Jake Wambaugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you could watch your life on television, and intervene whenever you wanted to, what would you change? In the novel, "Dope Sick" by Walter Dean Myers, A boy named Roger is in trouble with the law and does not know what to do. Myers depicts Roger and his events leading up to his crime using foreshadowing, the present as he is thinking about his next move, and his future and consequences resulting in his actions. Myers tells another tale about the troubled young man from New York City.

Myers bril
Andreas Mccolley
Jan 24, 2012 Andreas Mccolley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that can read slang and like drug related books.
Recommended to Andreas by: No one.
Imagine yourself growing up in the "Ghetto", with no motivation at home, and with an alcoholic mother hooked on pain killers. No you can visualize what Lil' J (Jeremy, 17) goes through everyday in the streets of Harlem in Walter Dean Meyers' book. Lil' J losses all control of his life and decisions, thus dropping out of school and doing drugs from time to time. He becomes friends with a gang member named Rico. Rico gets Lil' J into "dope dealing" (selling drugs).

Trying to make a living, Lil' J
Oct 15, 2015 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was great .I really enjoyed reading about Jeremy Dance and his interesting and confusing life .I find it tragic how he went through so much with his mother kinda being there but dealing with her own issues as well.He is stuck and does not know his next move as far as his life and what he is going to do with it.Part of him not having his life together makes him feel like he has no other option but drugs to turn to.
Kathy Hiester
Aug 16, 2011 Kathy Hiester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A swift, pleasant read; Dope Sick is the story of how one boy in the gets a second chance to take a close up look at his life and find a way out the “hood”. After a drug deal gone wrong, Lil J is on the run and ends up hiding out in an abandoned building with a male squatter known only as Kelly. Kelly may not have much, but he does have one thing, a magical television which has the capability to help Lil J run back through his memories and his life so that he can really make out just where his l ...more
Walter Dean Myers is in a class of his own and this book is an interesting variation on his explorations of what it means to be young, black, and poor in America today. It will appeal more to readers who are interested in discussion than action since the entire book (except for remembered flashbacks) is a conversation between a young man who's been shot and is being hunted by the police and another young man who is more than mysterious and possibly not real. The topic of this conversation is whi ...more
Andrew Mcpherson
Dope Sick

By: Walter Dean Myers

Dope Sick is about a young adult in New York who is trying to make a living for his family. While he is going from job interview to job interview he gets swept up in the drug game. Even though he doesn't do drugs, he often still finds himself in trouble. Eventually he has a run in with the police. I think this book was very good because it actually talked about specific moments in his life and why he was doing what he was doing. I would recommend this book to peop
Mar 05, 2014 Tyb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very lost with this book because one minute they were talking about a man running from the cops then next minute he was in some man name kelly house looking at a tv with him on it showing how he can take steps back in his life to make things right.
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Li'l J can't see any way out of the downward spiral of his life. His mother is a sickly alchoholic. He's not allowed to see his baby son. He spends time like a lot of the other young men he sees in Harlem, just hanging out, passing time, selling drugs. Occasionally he does heroin to escape the "hole" he's in. When a drug deal to an undercover cop ends badly, Li'l J escapes to an abandoned apartment building where he meets an unusual man named Kelly. Kelly is watching a television that not only s ...more
Keeten Rippy
Dope Sick is a very interesting book. This a young boy who is trying so hard to help out his family by getting a job. He goes from interview to interview. And one night he gets caught up with drugs. What happens is that he's walking one night with a gun in his pocket, as well as drugs. So then the cop, turned their lights on and he started to run then the cop got out and then Lil J shot him in the arm. But, turns out it wasn't him it was his friend Rico that did the shooting while he was high on ...more
Jordan Johnson
Oct 09, 2014 Jordan Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Dope sick
Author: The New York Times
Genre: Realistic Fiction

It takes place in an alley and in a building, the charectors are Rico, aj, and lauryn, it's about how there's this guy that sells drugs and a cop finds him in an alley selling drugs to someone and the cop try's to stop him and he shoots him.

Aj is a scred boy that sells drugs he got caught selling them in the alley and shot a cop and now the cops are looking for him so he's hiding in an apartment with this guy and he asks where t
In the story Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers it's about a young adult who lives in the streets of Brooklyn. In the story they call him Lil j. He was basically trying to turn his life around but an incident happen when he was doing one last job with his friend Rico. Rico and himself where doing a drug deal but the person they were selling the drugs was a undercover cop. During the drug deal the cop was about to arrest them and then Rico pulled out a gun and shot him. At the same time Lil j was sho ...more
Michael Putt
Feb 13, 2014 Michael Putt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Dope sick”
Walter Dean Myers

In the book “Dope Sick” there was really only a few settings but there was a major one. I’ll talk about them all. A few settings in this book were the Home Depot, his apartment with his mom, “Dustys”. And the one that put the whole story together, the abandoned apartment building.
Now the mood, the mood is very difficult to describe, but the mood in my opinion was very stressful for all the characters in the book. The reason I say this is because most of the time they
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Misskellz Wolcott
Feb 05, 2014 Misskellz Wolcott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys an easy read and likes Street Lit.
Recommended to Misskellz by: Students yo!
I choose to read Dope Sick, by Walter Dean Myers because it has been a popular read for students at South Brooklyn Community High School, and I am trying to broaden the type of reading I do by reading more books from the genre of urban fiction.

I have read several books by Walter Dean Myers, and was hoping that this book would be as unique in writing style, have a high action plot, and strong character development like his other work Monster, but I was very disappointed.

The book opens up with t
Eli Parise
Jun 10, 2014 Eli Parise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers a 4 out of 5 because it was filled with crime, suspenseful events and the characters in the book were just great. Dope Sick had 14 good, suspenseful, hard to the bone chapters. i liked this book because if you like crime and suspense, like me then you will like Dope Sick. I don't like this book because it had too many plot twists. Dope Sick was about the guy named Lil J who was a middle man (person who gets the drugs, brings them to the buyer. Gets the money ...more
Emberdy Soberanis
this book was amazing i think this is one of the books that i like the most the story was interesting. this book relates to the peaple that live in harsh places and whered thres violence.this book take you to the streets ofr new york and how people struggle in the geheeto
Jaylan Wilson
Sep 26, 2013 Jaylan Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really caught my eye, because I can sort of relate to it by growing up in a neighborhood. Also its interesting to read . It seems the character in the book will see all the bad things he did and forgive himself .
Aaron Zamorano
This book talks about a 17 year old boy named Lil'J and the struggles he faces though life. One of his major struggles was that he had to find a job so that he can help his mom pay the rent. One other major problem he had was that he was involved in a drug deal and ended up being blamed for shooting the client which was an under cover cop. He then fights for his life as he tries to run away from the cops and fix his life. He then runs into an abandoned building and hides there for the rest of th ...more
Nadine K
I read this book for school with one of my credit recovery students for novel study. I was pleasantly surprised that we're both enjoying it even though our reader profiles are so different. Good book!
Oct 20, 2008 Andi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A story of an inner city youth who's taken the wrong path. As usual, Myer adds a nice twist to make this one somewhat magical and exceedingly dramatic.
Jul 06, 2014 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Walter Dean Myers so I figured I would probably enjoy this book. He has a realistic view of what it's like for a young person struggling to see the point in trying to rise above street life. As someone who works in a high school with teens like Lil J, I have heard the same excuses from my students about why they choose to give up when it comes to planning a future for themselves. Also, I appreciate how Myers' characters have a street dialect but he doesn't use a lot of obscenities. The en ...more
Edward Lui
Aug 12, 2011 Edward Lui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in Harlem and is about a African American teenager called Lil J. His family situation is a wreck and that leads to problems like a shortage of money. Lil J deals with this by using drugs and taking prescription pain killers from his mother.The books starts with Lil J, hurt and wounded, trying to escape from the police. His friend named Rico convinced Lil J to join him in a drug deal, to make some quick money. Without a doubt, he takes this offer since he's willing to do any ...more
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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“I know I'm tired of thinking about what I should have done yesterday. I know I'm just tired. If I knew what to do with my life, how to fix it up, I would have done it a long time ago. You can't dig that? You think I want to live like I'm somebody's throwaway?” 17 likes
“Yeah, that's funny, huh?...Something hurts you real bad and you get used to it. Like being hurt becomes part of who you are.” 10 likes
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