The Diary of Dakota Hammell
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The Diary of Dakota Hammell

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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 Huffman-black
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...more
Jaidis Shaw
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
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
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...more
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, Hayden's datefriend
“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 d...more
Lucy Smith
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.
Sarah Shaw
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!
Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
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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
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.
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
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!
Touching story, made me cry which is hard to do. WTG Kody!
Sheri White
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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“It seems almost impossible to think that you can become so close, so comfortable with someone in such a short amount of time that you’d be willing to give them everything—your life, your home, your deepest, darkest secrets.” 0 likes
“People aren’t good by nature,” John said. “They’re good by nurture.” 0 likes
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