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Dope Sick

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,148 ratings  ·  251 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...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published February 29th 2000)
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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?"

—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...more
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...more
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...more
Jake Wambaugh
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...more
Andreas Mccolley
Jan 24, 2012 Andreas Mccolley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Kathy Hiester
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
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.
James Welch
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...more
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
“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...more
Misskellz Wolcott
Feb 05, 2014 Misskellz Wolcott rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Eli Parise
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
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 .
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.
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
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
Santiago Navarro
This book talks about the pressures of an African American seventeen-year-old boy who lives in Harlem who sometimes goes in the drug business for quick money.

One day when Lil.J was selling drugs to someone, he realized that the person that he was selling drugs to was an undercover cop who was trying to catch them in the act. The have to escape, so they tie the cop to a chair and run away from the scene. The main character's partner Rico tells Lil.J that he is going back for the cops wallet, t...more
Richie Partington
28 February 2009 DOPE SICK by Walter Dean Myers, Harper Teen, February 2009, 186p., ISBN: 978-0-06-151477-6; Libr. ISBN: 978-0-06-121478-3

"'But why do spirits walk the earth, and why do they come to me?'
"'It is required of every man,' the Ghost returned, 'that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world -- oh, woe is me! -- and witne...more
Ladon Stephney
Dope sick is about a boy named Lil J who pops pain pills to help him relax. This is a bad thing because when he trys to steal pain killers and buy pain killers off of people one day he will try to do that to the wrong person. Rico is Lil J 's brother and he starts selling drugs and one day he trys to sell to a under cover cop and gets caught. I have a text to text connection for this book. In this book, selling drugs gets you no where as you can see. also in the real world it gets you no where b...more
NCPL Teenzone
Have you ever had a really bad day and wished you could just go back and change one thing? Hiding from the police after being an accomplice to a shooting during a drug deal gone wrong, Lil J finds himself squirreled away in an old abandoned crack house with a man who calls himself Kelly. Kelly has a television and remote control that allow him not only to view the scene outside the building, but rewind and fast forward Lil J's life. As Lil J comes face to face with the decisions he's made and po...more
Tessa Eger
Recommended by a teacher, the book Dope sick is based in the realism found in many of the popular urban fiction titles. But Myers gives the nod to acclaimed South American writers Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez by adding magical realism to his usual NYC inner-city setting. It opens with a young man, Lil J, on the run from the police with a bullet in his arm. Then the book takes a detour into fantastic realms when Lil J runs into an abandoned building. There he finds a creepy guy watc...more
Angel Alvarez
The book i read Dope Sick was of great experiance for me. It helped me visualize with detail the life of a young african american New York resident. This book had alot of action as well as it had drama. The main character Lil J went through alot of tough and unpleasent expeciences in he's life. At first he was just a avererage youn person , until he started dealing drugs and making robberies. It had me guessing what was going to happen next and why the character acted the way he did. Lil J agre...more
Michael Williams
Nov 26, 2012 Michael Williams rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drama Seekers
Recommended to Michael by: A Friend
Lil J is a 17 year old boy who lives in the projects that is in deep trouble with the law.Living in Harlem with his drug addicted mother. Life is really hard for him and to take away the pain he often steals his mothers painkillers to get passed those really tuff times.With no money or job he says hes "broke sick" and needs some cash real fast. He remembers that his friend Rico has a job offering to bring in alot of money but it includes drugs. Lil J feels somethings wrong while his friend Rico...more
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This book is about a teenager/young man,named Lil J, who gets himself into trouble. He is going to get a job at Home Depot when his friend Rico hits him up to do some work. Lil J isn't a bad kid, but at this particular moment he needs money. Later, the job goes bad and Rico ends up shooting a cop. Now the the heat is on so Lil J goes to some abandoned apartment and meets this man named Kelly. The story turns suddenly. Somehow Kelly is able to watch Lil J's life go by on the T.V. he has. He and L...more
Alex Mikus
Dope Sick is a book about a young kid named Jeremy that get’s mixed into the wrong crowd. Taking place in the tough streets of Harlem, Jeremy grows up with the wrong crowd, which he ends up meeting another kid named Rico that (unfortunately) is in a gang. When a drug deal goes terribly wrong, Jeremy finds himself on the bad end of a line. Seeking refuge, he meets mysterious person who is able to access Jeremy’s memory. Trying to find redemption in what he has done, Jeremy’s past is revealed and...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...more
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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?” 15 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.” 9 likes
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