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The Book of Michael

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  108 ratings  ·  25 reviews

"YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers List, 2010 nominee" Michael Grove was sixteen years old when he was convicted for the murder of Lisa Conroy, the girlfriend he loved very much. The circumstances surrounding her final hours attract considerable media attention, especially because Michael and Lisa had sex just prior to her death. A public outcry against l
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Paperback, 267 pages
Published October 4th 2008 by Red Deer Press
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Karen
The first three-quarters of this book, perhaps more, are captivating. Michael was a strongly drawn character, one with whom it was easy to sympathize. His voice was strong and drew you into the story. And I understood why he did what he did at the end -- it fit with his character. I just didn't like it. Still, I was compelled to read to the end.
Kim Baccellia
Michael is accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend and sent to prison. Only later does the real killer confess. Michael is released but finds the stigma of being a murderer still follows him.

This story is very powerful. The narrator's voice is chilling and haunting. I couldn't put this book down.
Debbie
This was an intense journey for Michael that I just couldn't put down. His struggles of the stigma from the people around him that still believed that he killed Lisa, his girlfriend that he truly had feelings for. This was hard for Michael when he was released from prison after his wild fling girlfriend confessed that she killed Lisa while high and in a jealous rage and she wanted Michael for herself.

This is a strong on how it takes people a lot to forgive themselves for passed mistakes, but whe
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Canadian Children's Book Centre
Michael Grove endured the unimaginable when he was sent to adult prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, Lisa. Deprived of the girl he loved, the respect of everyone in his town and his own freedom, Michael still found ways to survive in jail. When the novel begins, the real killer has confessed and Michael is free – but liberty is hard to enjoy when the reception at home is so chilly. Almost everyone acts as if he is guilty of something and it takes all of Michael’ ...more
Herb
Life has always been within our grasp, it nourishes and is cruel but what happens when we suddenly lose our life? Is it possible to pick up life from where it was left off? The book of Michael by Lesley Choyce is a book that exploits such a question. After being wrongfully accused and convicted to the murder of his girlfriend Lisa, Michaels teenage life has ended right before him. After 6 months the killer was over compelled by the guilt and confessed and Michael was released. Freedom however fo ...more
Calvin
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Angus Wan
First off, I’d like to say that this book is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Its plot and characters completely caught me off guard as I continued to flip through the pages viciously. It is about a teenage boy named Michael who is falsely accused of killing his girlfriend. He had to spend time in jail until out of the blue, the true killer confessed to the crime. This story takes the reader through Michael’s journey of recovery after spending six aggravating months in prison. “Som ...more
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-Katerina Coliviras
May 9, 2012

The book of Michael, written by Lesley Choyce was one of my favourite books. The story line covered real issues with the justice system and showed how this wrongful conviction damaged Michael even after he got out of prison. Throughout the book Michael s cynical views on the world began worrying his family and friends. “misfortune can no longer be avoided it had to be ended” This quote seemed very appropriate once Michael started putting ef
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Kyra
The Book of Michael was an overall great book. I adored the teen-appropriate themes in this novel, I loved the cliff-hangers and twists, but most of all I was thoroughly engaged by how Choyce used such descriptive, powerful and eloquent words that made me feel as if I was really there, and helped me tap into my visualization.

The story begins with protagonist, 16 year old Michael Grove, being convicted of murdering his girlfriend Lisa Conroy. Right off the bat, Lesley Choyce threw in a twist to t
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Michelle
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Zoe Siskos
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Justin
The Book Of Michael, by Lesley Choyce.
In my past I have always been an adamant reader of solely science fiction dystopian stories none other genre had appealed to me be it horror realistic fiction or fantasy. However this all changed with the introduction of the book The Book Of Michael. This Novel by author Lesley Choyce is an utmost home hitting masterpiece that weaves the tale of Michael Grove a young teenage boy who is charged with the murder of his beloved girlfriend, Lisa; who had helped
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Jeff
This book was an amazing book. It is about a sixteen year old Michael Grove serving half a year in jail. He was convicted for murdering his girlfriend Lisa Conroy. Michael was in love with Lisa, so he wasn’t able to kill her but no one believed his innocence. He was released when the real murderer of Lisa Conroy confessed. The real murderer was Miranda, Michael’s ex-girlfriend. Since he was released Michael realized that being wrongfully convicted person cannot escape from what people will still ...more
Anthony
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Alysa
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Diane Mankowski
Fans of Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story will likely find this one intriguing too.
Wrongfully committed of murdering his girl-friend, Michael served 6 months of his sentence as an adult, at which time, the real murderer confesses. Michael tells his compelling story of trying to rebuild his life when his changed verdict does little to alter people's attitudes toward him, as well as, to cope with the loss of his girl-friend and the guilt, even responsibilty, he carries at being the last pe
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Kate
I received this book as an ARC from the publisher and it took me a while to get to, but eventually the plot drove me to pick it up (despite being in the middle of about 5 other books). A teenager accused of killing his girlfriend, sentenced to life in prison, later released because the actual killer confessed. Michael's journey to accepting his life now was unexpected, especially in regards to the prejudice he feels from people who still believe him to be guilty. The dialogue felt a bit stilted/ ...more
Sasquatch
Returning from prison as we can all imagine, is never easy. But what about when you were wrongfully convicted of the murder of your girlfriend and everyone still thinks your guilty.
The characters of this book were very realistic and each one brought something to the story. Louis, his grandmother, Nicole and Miranda all felt like they could have been real people.
This book is all about the realisations Michael, the young protagonist comes to. The ending shocked me and didn't seem likely at all but
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Stephanie
I found this book to grab me from the beginning. It moved at a quick pace and there were definitely times that I really felt for the main character. It definitely did not have a predictable ending! I would recommend this book to teens who have an interest in self-discovery or who may like to see what the effects of prison life can have on a person.
Sarah
I love reading books about life from the perspective of someone who has been in a situation you've never been in and so this one had me hooked the whole time.
Teresa
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Megan
And so begins an exploration of the world of YA

Onward!
Brooke
Niiice, didn't see that coming at the end
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Lesley Choyce is a novelist and poet living at Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia. He is the author of more than 80 books for adults, teens and children. He teaches in the English Department and Transition Year Program at Dalhousie University. He is a year-round surfer and founding member of the 1990s spoken word rock band, The SurfPoets. Choyce also runs Pottersfield Press, a small literary publishi ...more
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