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Fallen Angels

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  7,936 Ratings  ·  1,082 Reviews
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending colle
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Paperback, 309 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published October 7th 1983)
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rachel
In the past four months, I've changed jobs, been forced to move out of my apartment back in with my parents temporarily, and begun the arduous task of DIYing a long neglected house into a livable space without, y'know, electrical wires dangling into the sink and cracked wood-paneled walls. I am finding it hard to have the attention span for any reading above an eighth grade level, and even find myself momentarily overwhelmed by Tess Gerritsen. (Let's meditate on that for a moment. Body Double? C ...more
Amy
This is the story of one soldiers tour in Vietnam. It shows the war through his eyes. He is a soldier mostly for economic reasons, not because he has a particular position for or against the war. It details both the boredom and life threatening action of the Vietnam war.

This will appeal to teens who like war violence. Boys who want to be soliders or like war will like this book. It is very realistic, not a "James Bond" type of violence, and the soliders reaction to it is very realistic. Some tee
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Boyd
Feb 16, 2008 Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, a young adult author surprises me with a piece of hard hitting fiction transcending the inadequate categorizations that we try to slap on literature. At this point I don't know why I'm still surprised when I pick up a YA book and it blows me away with its authenticity and depth, but it keeps happening.

Fallen Angels is a quick read. Once I started rolling on it, I finished it in a few hours. The plotline is standard, though the fluctuation between mundane and boring to hellish and vi
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Melki
Feb 09, 2012 Melki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perry is a very young man from Harlem with not many options. So he signs up with the army during the Vietnam War. Welcome to a world of very unpleasant educational opportunities!

Those first few days in country are strange, new and sometimes exciting. The men, well...boys, really, admire another guy's larger, nasty-looking gun. Perry learns the first rule of war - "Hours of boredom, seconds of terror." He sees his first dead bodies and learns that a dead friend is a human being to be treated with
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Joe Lunievicz
Apr 19, 2011 Joe Lunievicz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 15 and up YA's and adults.
Recommended to Joe by: saw it in bookstore as faceout.
Walter Dean Myers has been writing YA, gritty, urban fiction for a long time and he is very, very good at it. He writes boy books for boys with African-American protagonists. I picked up a special anniversary edition of Fallen Angels last week while I was at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver because I’d read Lockdown, his 2010 release, and loved it and the subject matter – the Vietnam War – interested me. I can still remember sitting around a table in the cafeteria in ninth grade talking to ...more
Jamison.l
Feb 14, 2012 Jamison.l rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that Fallen Angels was one of the best books that ive ever read. It really shows the life in vitnam and what they really had to go threw. I would give it 5 star rating. I would also recomend this book to anyone that likes war books.
Skinnywhitedude19
Walter Dean Myers wrote the book Fallen Angels. It is about America and the Vietnam War. Well as said by the main character in the book, Richie Perry. He goes through a lot of changes and sees some of his good friends die in battle fighting for a cause that no one could agree upon. The book has 4 other main characters, Lobel, Johnson, Brunner, and Peewee. The book starts off talking about the experiences of Perry while he is serving in Vietnam. His best friend, Peewee becomes instant friends wit ...more
Riley Schopf
Sep 23, 2016 Riley Schopf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book has very good description. In the beginning of the book, the main character and his squadron are on a patrol. One of the members doesn't pay attention, and steps on a mine. This is very shocking, because the author says that it was out of no where, the gut just exploded! But one down side is the cussing. Almost on every page there is a cuss word. And it can be really depressing. Half way through the book, the army finds 2 children and there mother. They start to be frien ...more
Connor
Mar 21, 2014 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War. Many think it is just a game. But to the men and women fighting, it is a living hell. U.S.A., 1960's, Perry is drafted into the U.S. Military, and sent to the front-line in Vietnam. Perry is a young African-American man, working towards getting to college. Perry's family lives in Harlem, whom have a military background. Perry never wanted to go into the military, his mother mainly the reason. The draft got him to go, of course right to the front-line. Facing a new group of friends, Perry le ...more
Tracey
Mar 05, 2013 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just...wow. Walter Dean Myers accomplishes the high-wire task of writing about war for a younger audience with all its attendant boredoms, brutalities, and nightmares while making the telling unnervingly easy to comprehend and the characters too easy to identify and sympathize with. Myers shows us the Vietnam war through the eyes of Perry, a young man whose enlistment seemed like his best option for a future, until he's actually in country. We are with him whether he's bonding or clashing w ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 22, 2011 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, teen, foreign
I was rather amazed at how real this book felt. The characters are all entertaining but it's their dialog that feels so real and honest that it draws the reader in. Myers was in Vietnam and, I assume, drew heavily on his own experiences for this book. While it is awful and violent, it isn't overwhelmingly so, often portraying the boredom of sitting around in camp and focusing more on the feelings of the characters rather than their actions. In fact, the mediation between feeling and action is ra ...more
Amy
Aug 08, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sonlight
I picked up and put down this book several times before I finally forced myself to finish. The thing is, my little brother read this book and loved it. There are very few books Sam can claim to have read that I haven't and that meant I HAD to finish this one. I am not particularly fond of coming of age stories or war books and Fallen Angels is a very realistic story about coming of age in the midst of the Vietnam War. However, despite how much I disliked it while reading it, I find I enjoyed the ...more
Erin Sterling
I had trouble getting into this book. I found this a really hard book to get through emotionally. I don't tend to pick up war books (in fact, I've started Sunrise Over Fallujah, also by Walter Dean Myers, about twice and couldn't get past the first ten pages or so), I think because of the inevitability of dying in the book and the notion of soldiers dedicating their lives for something that powers way above them are deciding. That being said, the book was well-written and thoughtful and heart-wr ...more
Madeline Silvas
As silly as it may seem, this book was just a little too real for me. So, in a way, that would indicate the writing is incredibly effective. However, it was painful to read. I hate war, and the story mostly just depressed me. I can't say anything against the writing, only the content.

As an afterthought: I had to read this book for school and I think any time someone told me I HAD to read something my mind immediately decided to not like it. So I should probably read it again by my own choice an
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Garrett Nemitz
Great vietnam book. Beautiful insight into the war. We were able to see the horrors that a soldier would experience in Vietnam. We see the good the bad and the ugly as rich perry wades through mud and dives into gunfire to save squad mates and team members. This book was very good and i gave it 5 stars. Mr. Meyers could not have done better. Come see me if you'd like spoilers.
Oliver Eastwood
Oct 03, 2016 Oliver Eastwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was going to be quite light-hearted; I was wrong. Some bits were amusing (i.e. anything involving Peewee) and some bits that were disturbing. I chatted with my mother throughout reading the book, and she told me all about the Viet Cong and the terrifying things they did. A fantastic novel for conveying the extremes of war.
Kathleen
The Book: Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers

The Banhammer: From ALA: "offensive language, racism, violence."

My Reaction: This is an incredible book. I mean, I always knew that Walter Dean Myers knew his shit, but there's knowing and there's knowing, reading it and understanding it. Fallen Angels is the story of Richie Perry, a teenager from Harlem who volunteers for the Vietnam War when he realizes he can't go to college. It begins when he lands with a number of other men in Vietnam, and ends a
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Dustin
Feb 21, 2014 Dustin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fallen Angels should not be overlooked as a novel and any person interested in reading about the human aspect of warfare should pick the book up post-haste, you will feel every tear-jerking, heart wrenching, happy, brotherly, and loving moment the account has to offer.
A great deal of time has been given to attempting to understand the circumstances and political and social ideals of the United States and its Brinkmanship policies during the Vietnam War. Although many have forgotten the Korean
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Goodreads Synopsis: An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and
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Julia Erlanger
DONE with war week. Thank goodness.

I’m just not cut out for reading war novels. I learned early in school how horrible war is. I did countless research papers and projects on the “realities” of war and the reactions to it here. We studied the human costs of war, even while studying the traditional history bits of names and dates and famous battles and maneuvers. I read Slaughterhouse Five and Heart of Darkness and All Quiet on the Western Front and Henry V. I lived through 9/11 and grew up with
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Michael
Apr 15, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood ... Terror ... Insanity. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers recalls the Vietnam War through the eyes of Richard Perry, an African-American soldier. He needed to escape his futureless life back home and figure out what he wanted to do. Just 17 years old and from Harlem, New York, he volunteered, not drafted, to serve his country. Perry meets a friend from Chicago named, Harold “Peewee” Gates, they endure death while its knocking at their door, they eat same food everyday with little sleep a ...more
Igor
May 12, 2013 Igor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
• Igor Kovalyov
• APA citation: Myers, W. D. (1988). Fallen angels. New York: Scholastic Inc.
• Genre: Multicultural
• Awards (If applicable): Coretta Scott King Award Book
• Format: Print
• Selection Process: Recommendation
• Review:
Fallen Angels is a gritty realistic tale of young adults and their experience through the Vietnam War. I think that this book was amazing because of the sense of reality that is painted all throughout and our main characters grow with each and every experience. There is m
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Baily Volpel
Jun 02, 2015 Baily Volpel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that “Fallen Angels” was a great book. I found this book to be one of the most exciting and saddening stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The book was about Perry who was drafted to Vietnam during the Vietnam War and about how life was for him. It goes through what life was like for him and the struggles and hardships he had to endure with his comrades.

The story starts out with Perry getting off the plane and checking into his new base. The base where he is stationed is in
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Alec B
Feb 10, 2012 Alec B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alec Bachman

Fallen Angels is a story of a one year tour in Vietnam during the war. It is told through the eyes of 18 year old Richie Perry, who once lived in the ghetto in Harlem Mass. and lost his chance to go to college. He is sent to the front lines deep in Vietnam. It mainly goes through his life at camp and him and his comrades trying to relieve themselves from the extreme boredom that comes from sitting in a military camp all day. Also, it describes the fighting against the Vietnamese sold
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Alain
Sep 25, 2008 Alain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is remarkable book with tons of humor and touching moments. The author does a perfect job in making the dynamic characters with great deal of detail. The characters act natural and think like like you think they should. This book shows true realism of of what soldiers think and do during wars. The authors make you each character distinct characteristic making each unit and memorable.
The story is as deep as the characters with each event leading to another. Each
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Jo Sorrell
Jun 09, 2015 Jo Sorrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There's only two kinds of people in Vietnam. People who are alert twenty-fours a day, and people who are dead."

Richie Perry was seventeen and in trouble. There was no way he could afford college, and the streets were just too tempting. The war in Vietnam seems to be winding down. it would give him something to do and three meals a day. He would probably not see combat. He thinks, this is the perfect way to cool out till he gets himself together.

Basic training wasn't so hard. But there were thin
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Caleb Jones
May 05, 2014 Caleb Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Daniel Lauron
Oct 19, 2014 Daniel Lauron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Fallen Angels" is a good realistic fiction of the Vietnam War. It begins with a man named Richard Perry who meets up with another man named PeWee while traveling on a plane to Vietnam. Perry and PeWee are both placed in the Alpha Company. In their assigned squad, they meet a few people, including Johnson, Brunner, Marco, and Lobel. Rumor has it that the Vietnam War is almost over. However, in the last few months, the most gruesome events have occurred. On every patrol assignment, they encounte ...more
Ms. Okes
Honestly, I didn't care for Fallen Angels, but probably for all the wrong reasons. This novel follows the tour of one young soldier deployed to Vietnam using day-to-day activities and commentary to depict what I suspect is a pretty accurate experience for someone new to war. Richie Perry, the main character, is likable enough, and his supporting cast of buddies and commanding officers provides a variety of personalities. So why didn't I like it?

There was no clear plotline with a beginning, midd
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James Lee
Nov 23, 2014 James Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An awesome book about the Vietnamese war. The book includes excellent details about the scenario and the scenery. It feels like you are with the main character, Perry. If you are a fan of war stories, or combat you should read "Fallen Angels". One of the greatest stories about war i have ever read, it will keep you occupied for days on end without boredom. In this book you follow a man named Perry, who has joined the American military during the Vietnamese war. You will view his conflicts, his l ...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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“That night the mosquitoes ate us up. I had bites all over my body. Back home I thought mosquitoes never bit black people. Not as much as they bit white people, anyway. Maybe Vietnamese mosquitoes just bit blacks and whites and didn’t bite Asians.” 0 likes
“You are not in Disneyland,” he said. “The little people you see running around over here are not Mouseketeers. Some of them are friendly, and some of them have a strong desire to kill you. If you remember that, and manage to kill them before they kill you, then you have a good chance of getting through your year of service here.” 0 likes
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