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Monster (Monster #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  36,636 ratings  ·  3,222 reviews
This New York Times bestselling novel and National Book Award nominee from acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial. Presented as a screenplay of Steve's own imagination, and peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can change our whole lives.

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Paperback, 281 pages
Published December 14th 2004 by Amistad (first published April 21st 1999)
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are all teen books written in eye-catching, typographically unconventional ways?? or is it just this one reading list?? i have nothing really to say about this book, except that for a sixteen-year-old boy in jail, it might benefit him to adopt less girly handwriting. kids, stay out of jail. don't associate with criminals. don't lie about your involvement because any close reader will notice, and you will be screwed. and, really, less girly...

i have just returned fro
Nowhere in the book does the pointlessness of what has happened get mentioned. The basic plot is that right before Christmas a drugstore on Malcolm X Boulevard gets robbed. The owner pulls a gun, the gun gets turned on him and he dies. The thieves steal the money in the register and a few cartons of cigarettes, that one of the robbers then sells on the street for five bucks a carton. There are supposedly four people involved in this mastermind heist that I'm guessing nets about $230 (six cartons ...more
Jul 08, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: ala
Monster is an interesting book in several ways.

First, it is written in the format of a movie screenplay interjected with the main character's - a 16-year old African-American boy Steve Harmon's - diary-like entries. I thought I would not like this format, I do not read many plays, but it turned out to be quite the opposite - the format made the story much more dynamic. Steve is on trial for murder (he is accused of being a lookout during a robbery resulting in the death of the store owner), ther
Brenda Morris
Aug 03, 2007 Brenda Morris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
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This is my most recent reading of a book I've already taught two or three times in ninth grade English classes. This is a great book for people who don't necessarily enjoy reading. The movie script format means the action moves quickly and may make it more appealing to people who enjoy movies a lot. Myers doesn't give too much away about the story either, which both builds suspense and leaves the reader with something to think about and to talk about. The 16 year old protagonist who is on trial ...more
Lauren Fidler
here there be spoilers. just sayin'.

So, i lobbied to add this book to my curriculum for 10th grade low levels next year. it's a quick read (although i suspect much less so for them) but it actually presents some very interesting ideas about identity, racism, guilt/innocence, and justice. the kids will all fixate on whether or not they think steve is guilty, which is sort of the crux of the action (he's on trial, suspected of being a "lookout" for a botcohed robbery of a convenience store where o
Stephen M
All the interesting elements within the book are rehashed in the lawyer's closing statements. In it, we're forced to go through every plot point in the book -- except that during these lawyer soliloquies all the events in the book have been condensed into a few sentences. That renders the entire book pointless. This alone could have been a successful short story if Myers had published just that section of the book. King be damned! Cut out the unnecessary; leave the essential! Have we learned any ...more
I loved this book. The cover grabbed me right away. I love the way the book was written. I think it is perfect for struggling readers. The text is larger than most young adult novels with larger spacing between the texts. It is written like a movie script which is less intimidating than heavy, descriptive text. I know several of my students from last year (6th graders) would respond to this book. This book made me self-reflect on how I viewed these students in my class. The end of the book was e ...more
Monster HarperCollins Publishers, 2001, 281 pp., $8.99
Walter Dean Myers ISBN-13: 9780064407311

Did you ever wonder what happens after a person gets arrested? Well, I have always wondered what happen to the people that walk to a police precinct with handcuffs. What happen to the people that get sentenced to jail for life. Can a person come out and restore their lives again? How can people get back on their feet? Well, Steve Harmon did. Steve Harmon is a 16 year old African American boy, which is
Crisainy Valdez
Dec 15, 2014 Crisainy Valdez is currently reading it
I give monster a rate of 5 stars because this book is such an amazing book. I love this book because of the mystery of it. It gives us clues of who murder Mr.Nesbitt. In this book a young man named Steve Harmon had been put in jail because he supposably killed a man that worked in a drug store. But there is a twist to this story because Steve is making documentary about his like in jail, he puts a lot of stuff like trial,when he is sleeping and much much more Steve was changed 25 years to life f ...more
Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a criminal book. I know many people have read this book. for those who haven't read it, it is about a young African American teenager who gets blamed for a crime. A lesson i learned from this book is "Never believe in anyone who seems to be loyal." this leeson means that in any case you really think a person is loyal and is a good friend to you, and who u trust, don't happen to have much trust in them because u know know what they're like until the end.

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Jennifer Wardrip
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Sixteen-year-old Steve is on trial for murder. But he's having trouble understanding why. "What did I do? I walked into a drugstore to look for some mints, and then I walked out. What was wrong with that? I didn't kill Mr. Nesbitt"(p. 140). Nothing is wrong with that, of course--unless the purpose of that casual trip was to give the "all clear" for a robbery that ended in the murder of the store's owner. Then, something is very wrong.

By structu
The book has a unique format; it is written as a movie script. This format gives the reader more blatant clues about setting, and vocal cues (such as subdued, whispering, and showing anger) than would a traditionally formatted novel. There are also variations made in typeface and font that give other cues to the reader. I’m not entirely positive this was all necessary though. The plot is incredibly intense, and a first person narration might have been just as sufficient in telling this story. Ho ...more
A 14-year-old black teenager is on trial for his life. He's been accused of being complicit in the murder of a store owner during a robbery.

We see all things through Steve Harmon's perspective. He decides to make a movie about his trial, so we read the trial as a script for a movie. We also get to see his journal notes that are spread throughout.

The title and thus the book, including our protagonist Steve want us to think about what constitutes a real monster. Is he one? Is he innocent? Is he st
Matthew Hall
The book that im reading is called monster and the author is Walter dean Myers it's a realistic fiction. The book includes real events that happen in everyday life or in the ghetto. It has a lesson that its goes like you get in trouble cause your in a wrong place at wrong time or you hang with the bad people and there at the somewhere at the wrong time.

The book monster has a three main chacters and they play a big part. Those chacter in there is Steve who is the victim but also imamate he stands
Jacqueline Quinn
I love this book for so many reasons. The main character, Steven, is clearly a smart, intelligible sixteen-year-old. He is a student at Stuyvesant High School, one of the best public schools in the country and New York City (and admission based on an exam). His parents are caring --his father is a Morehouse alum. Yet--he is still a sixteen-year-old, searching for self identity and expression. He is loved yet faces challenges every day in his neighborhood and the individuals he is acquainted with ...more
I was a little bit hesitant to read this book but had heard great things about it from after attending a reading/writing institute which focused on young adult literature. I didn't know until after I purchased it that it was written in play script. I don't normally enjoy reading books written in this format, but this book wouldn't have been the same without it! For sure it added serious intensity and drama which fits the theme of the book. This is a book that I am considering teaching to my 8th ...more
Monster is a first person court drama about Steve Harmon, a 16 year old (black) kid that was supposedly involved in the murder of an old shop owner. A promising, if not slightly overused premise, so what could go wrong with it? Let's find out.
What characters? Steve Harmon is really the only character in the book. Yes, there are many side characters, but I say side instead of supporting characters for a reason; they get little to no development over the course of the book. And, sadly,
James Welch
Monster, Walter Dean Myers.

The narrator or the most important character is Steve Harmon, a 16 year old kid who is being tried for murder. There is also his defense attorney Kathy O’Brien. In addition there are the other suspects for the murder, Such as James King, BoBo Evans, and Oslvado Cruz.
The Steve Harmon is on trial for murder after he is accused as being lookout for the young men who rob a Harlem drugstore and kill the store owner. The story is presented in the form of a screenplay and jo
a) In the book "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers, the author uses the craft of dialogue to help tell the main character's story. In the story, sixteen year old Steve, uses dialogue to tell his own story within the story we are actually reading. The main character, who is being put on trial for murder, uses dialogue to write a movie script (staring himself as the main character) depicting all the scenes of the court case, including testimonies from all the witnesses, questions from the prosecutors, ...more
The audiobook production of Monster was good because of the full cast narration. It read like a play or a screenplay. Monster tells the story of a young man who might have been involved with an armed robbery/homicide and is on trial for his life. If convicted, he will be an old man when he gets out of jail. He seems innocent enough and is interested in film, so he writes the story of his imprisonment and trial like a screenplay.

There is nothing really groundbreaking here in terms of crime storie
This guy should not write the book in movie script format. It is WAYYYYY too complicated. He should also not write it in green font (good thing he didn't).
Gilmar Hidalgo
The book "Monster" is about a young teenager named Steve Harmon who was in a accused trial that he has to fight for the truth. Furthermore, it gives you a experience of what trial is about. Moreover, it can happen to you because you are in the wrong place in the wrong time.

I would highly recommend this book because it really gets your attention. Just how the story is told is unreal but real at the same time. I like how every 10-20 pages starts a new day for the trial. I would highly recommend it
Promptly after finishing this book I went online and typed in the name Steve Harmon and began reading blogs, reviews and interpretations from others on who they felt this character was. This book was THAT good. Good enough to stay with me after it's finished, good enough to keep a reader pondering for days, debating and analyzing every aspect. For 100 pages, this little book pulls quite a punch. Amazing! I loved every part, I loved the thought-provoking plot without a really clear resolution, I ...more
Monster has a compelling premise: a black teenager named Steve Harmon stands trial for his participation in a robbery gone wrong (murder wrong), and the only way he can deal with his situation is to imagine his life as a movie. It begins well enough, as he describes what it's like to be in jail, and the central idea, as the title suggests, is that other (white) people see him as a monster.

But pretty soon I felt like I'd been hoodwinked. 90% of this novel(la, per estimated wordcount, really) is a
Monster is the journey of a young boy who is on trial for robbery. After reading the summary of this book, I was instantly interested in reading it. However my interest in this book was not consistent throughout my reading. Once I began reading my interest in the book was decreased due to the slow progression and lack of details in the beginning. My interest was also lost as I struggled to follow the story that was setup as movie script with stage directions. Nonetheless, my interest began to pi ...more
This YA book is in screenplay format, so it took a little bit for me to get into reading it that way, but I really enjoyed it. It's an interesting perspective to read about -- that is, the non-white kid who gets tangled up in a crime without ever really doing much of anything or even making a deliberate decision to be involved. But even the prisoners in the book who had more involvement in a crime tried to explain away their responsibility and come up with a reason why it wasn't really their fau ...more
Excellent book with a unique format, alternating between a movie script and journal entries written by the main character, Steve. Insights into the justice system and laws were interesting. I guess I didn't know that anybody with any involvement in a crime is considered guilty of everything that happens during that crime. In this case, Steve, a teenage boy who allegedly acted as lookout for a burglary is charged with the murder of the victim, even though he wasn't even in the store at the time i ...more
Emily Benoit
Concept/Ideas: 5/5
Storyline/Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

Let's start out by saying that this book was a read I'm having to do in English. I would never have picked up this book, and I haven't heard of it. We started reading it in class last week, and I couldn't stop. I completely finished it way, way early and ahead of time.

The writing style is amazing first of all. I love that the book was written in a screenplay point of view. Different and fresh. I liked
I would rank this book MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers, very highly. I would rank it high because, it keeps you on the edge of your seat through the whole book. Also because it went in depth on how his trial went on, and what happens in a trial. Another reason is because I thought it was a nonfiction book when really it was fiction.

The best part of the book is when he is on trial and he got call a “MONSTER” and he writes it on a piece of paper over and over again. Then Miss O’Brien crossed out all
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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.

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“Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me. MONSTER.” 22 likes
“The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help.” 15 likes
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