Dear Marcus: Speaking To The Man Who Shot Me
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In the story, McGill credits Marcus' heinous action with most of the wonderful, exciting opportunities he has had in life. If McGill had never been injured, he would not have become the person he is today. This doesn't excuse Marcus for what he did, it s...more
Although I was currently reading another book, I couldn't resist opening Jerry's autobiography to read the first few pages, perhaps a chapter. The first chapter went so quickly that I didn't stop there; it...more
Great description of the six months he spent in the hospital immediately after the shooting, struggli...more
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Dear Marcus is a good book that shines a light on the issue of poverty in this world. This memoir tells the story of Jerry McGill who was shot on New Year's at the age of 13. McGill tells his story as if he is talking to the man who shot him. This allows the author to take a more blunt approach in sharing how that moment change his life forever. The author takes the reader through an array of emotions varying anywhere from pity to feeling blessed.
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I enjoyed the beginning of the book where Jerry McGill writes with conviction and strength about his earlier life preceeding the fateful night when he was shot in the back by an anonymous shooter. I especially liked how each chapter read like a screenplay. For example: INT. HOSPITAL ROOM-DAY "Jerome sits up in his whe...more
A couple times I totally teared up. Like with this: "I hope someone loved you, Marcus. I hope someone still loves you today, and that you are able to lavish love on someone as well. You gotta be able to do both. I don't know that anything we do in this world matters more. The main ingre...more
Quick read; very good book! Jerry McGill offers a "victim statement" of sorts, but this book/open letter to his shooter is more than that. He manages to inspire, shock, sadden, and educate the reader. I really hope his shooter has the chance to read this, and am happy I decided to give this book a chance.
What I really like about the book is, it is not a self-righteous tale of sappy clichés, although subject matter like this does have the potential to be weepy and saccharine. Instead, the author...more
I really enjoyed reading "Dear Marcus: A letter to the man who shot me" by Jerry McGill.
This book is about overcoming obstacles when you have a bad hand dealt. It is a soul cleansing book for the author who uses a writing tone towards the man who shot him on that January night. Very positive book that shows how to see the positive in even the most darkest moments of life. I would recommend this to people who enjoy pe...more
The last passage in the book gives inspiration to all: "At the End of the day all that will matter is that under the dense weight of all that occurred, when all was said and done, you had the strength and the fortitude to lift yourself up, open the door, and...more
theme: gunshot, wheelchair-bound, life, optimism
I can't imagine myself being shot from the back without knowing why, and then write a book about my life to the person who shot me. I think McGill has shared his experience and feelings and thoughts as candid as he could, and I admired that. The point is not only being able to pull yourself up after the tragedy, but being able to share and impact other similar bodies. I think he did a good job, and will still be doing it.
Jerry is someone who made a significant positive impression in my childhood, just as he had hoped to do for many, and does to this day. He is also my friend, and now that I have read his book, I have an insight that I would not have imagined during our original encounters in my youth. Other stories are not so similar, but also not so different, and stories like it deserve to be shared with the world.