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Dakota Hammell was an ordinary teenager until he ran away from home at the age of sixteen, but after being brutally beaten, raped and left for dead, there seems to be little hope in his life—that is, until a man claiming to be a psychologist walks into the alleyway he’s lying near-dead in and offers him a second chance at life. John tells Dakota he can stay with him as lon ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jason Bradley
Apr 18, 2011 Jason Bradley rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, ebook, a-list
I want to make an important point before I go further with this review. Kody Boye is a name to watch. This author is talented! This project is an amazing concept which I feel could be honed to something far greater than it is at this moment.

I took a few hours after I finished reading this book before sitting down to review it. This is a subject which hits close to home and so I have strong opinions about. I wanted to be sure that I didn't simply judge the work on how I would have handled the st
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Jaidis Shaw
Apr 19, 2011 Jaidis Shaw rated it really liked it
The Diary of Dakota Hammell by Kody Boye introduces readers to the intimately personal journal entries of teen runaway Dakota Hammell. After running away from home, Dakota is forced to do whatever it takes to survive, even if that means selling himself to make some extra cash. After a tragic event that left Dakota raped and beaten, the friendly John takes Dakota under his wing. John is a psychologist and tells Dakota that he can stay in the spare room at his house but he must earn his keep by wr ...more
Michelle
Feb 26, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Dakota Hammell's story is told in a diary format. Dakota was a run away who found himself living life on the road and prostituting to get what he needed until one night he is left in an alley way beaten, raped, and left for dead. Dakota is found by a man named John who takes him into his home to care for him. John is a psychologist who sees that Dakota is in need of someone actually caring for him. To help him in his healing process he asks Dakota to write in a journal each day. Than begins the ...more
Diane
Jul 14, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
This book causes you to think not only about all the things that Dakota went through, but to look inside yourself and reflect on ways you treat others. I wish I could say I'd be as compassionate as John, but I know I don't have the skills, knowledge or fortitude to do what he did. Hopefully, on a daily basis, I can make some small, impact on someones life.

There are beautifully written passages from Dakota's journal that make your heart sing, with the potential in this young man. I like to think
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Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
I liked the way this book was set up as a diary. It's not the first book to use this format, but it uses it well and allows an intimacy with the characters you don't normally get with other formats. I liked the slow reveal of Dakota's past and the imagery used was rather poignant in many instances. I was confused at several points about Dakota's age, after first thinking he was a minor, then later it was revealed he was closer to 19/20, then later it's stated that he's 18. The ending felt rushed ...more
Serith
Apr 26, 2013 Serith rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt, contemporary
This short story was what I was hoping it would be; a glimpse into the mind of a troubled young man on the journey of self-discovery. Though the ending was not quite what I expected, it was still fulfilling (view spoiler) ...more
Amy
“People aren’t good by nature. They’re good by nurture.” He explained that it wasn’t in our nature to be good to one another, that if that had been the case, the human race wouldn’t have survived for as long as it had. He said that had we always been nice, and had we always chose to accept one another, we would have never gotten anywhere.”

Dakota Hammell, a young man, who after a tragic incident longs for self-discovery and is being helped with it by a psychologist who makes him to write this
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Kimberly
Apr 05, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was ok
I'm doing a reading challenge for 2015 and one of the suggestions was to read a book by an author with the same initials as you. Wasn't easy to find but then I came across this book and Kody Boye. This is a very short book and not very interesting. I found the writing to be rather pedestrian. Yes, I understand this is a diary format and is supposed to be the writing of a 19yr old, but it just wasn't very good. Especially since, in the diary entries, the writer is always telling us what a good wr ...more
Curtis
When Dakota Hammell, a teenage runaway who is attacked in an alley and left to die, is found by a psychologist who invites him to live at his house while he recuperates, he's not quite sure what to think. Even more curious is the deal he makes: Dakota can live there as long as he needs on the condition that he write in a journal every day. This novel is the journal that Dakota keeps and documents not only what happens as he works toward physical, emotional, and mental recovery but also his past ...more
Lucy Smith
Apr 24, 2014 Lucy Smith rated it liked it
Not really a romance. It is a story about a man found beat up and taken in by a Dr. His story of how he came to be in that situation is vague. The ending seems abrupt and I didn't feel like I understood why the character made the decision he made.
Jerry S
Jul 06, 2015 Jerry S rated it it was amazing
It was hard to put down!

A very touching tale! Dakota seemed so real for me. And I had tears in my eyes at the end of the book.
Grw
Apr 14, 2015 Grw rated it really liked it
A great quick read, that certainly packs a very big punch, whilst at the same time, leaving many questions unanswered.
Thyme Love
Jan 29, 2015 Thyme Love rated it it was ok
i couldn't really get through this one, i skimmed through it a bit, but overall it didn't interest me. i'll try again another time.
Sarah Shaw
Jan 02, 2014 Sarah Shaw rated it liked it
I'm in two minds whether I liked this book or not. That's why it is only getting three stars. In some aspects it was a good read. But in other aspects it was just a really simple quick read and kinda ended too suddenly for my liking. It sends a good message to people who may be struggling and helps them to understand that they are better and stronger than people treat them. For me personally I would have liked more!
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Regencyfan93
Oct 24, 2014 Regencyfan93 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
This book left me with many questions. Why did John trust Dakota enough to leave him in the house for three days? Why did Dakota just move in with John? How did Dakota get the $1000 in Florida? How did Dakota end up with $2000 after staying with John? Why didn't the gang rapists steal Dakota's wallet? Why was John always so tired? Has John rescued others in the way he rescues Dakota?
Melodie
Inspiring

I really enjoyed reading this book. the only thing I would change is its length. I would have enjoyed reading it for more than a couple hours. very inspirational story though.:)
Laura Warby
Oct 06, 2013 Laura Warby rated it liked it
A well-written, concise book, that doesn't ramble on endlessly and pointlessly as some books (particularly diaries) can do.
I liked the fact that Dakota knew John would be reading the diary, and still wrote whatever he was thinking and feeling about him; it allowed John to be introduced more fully into the story.
Would recommend this.
Britney
Dec 09, 2014 Britney rated it it was amazing
Okay so not only is the cover amazing, the book is actually really good too! A free read on amazon, an actually believable ending, pretty good writing style, I do not see anything wrong with this book.
Micæl Chadwick
Dec 27, 2012 Micæl Chadwick rated it it was amazing
Such a tremendous, heatbreaking and authentic story. I've walked in Dakota's shoes and this captures it in perfect eloquence. A definite must read and an author to remember. Brilliant
Penny Wilder
Very compelling. I would love to know what happened to Dakota after this!
Mary
Apr 17, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
Touching story, made me cry which is hard to do. WTG Kody!
Sheri White
May 13, 2011 Sheri White rated it really liked it
Great story told in diary form. Review to come.
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Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye began his writing career with the publication of his story [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge at the age of fourteen. Published nearly three-dozen times before going independent at eighteen, Boye has authored numerous works—including the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the epic fanta ...more
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