MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers Harper Collins ISBN: 0786270934 263 pages
“Steve (Voice-Over) Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. M...moreMONSTER by Walter Dean Myers Harper Collins ISBN: 0786270934 263 pages
“Steve (Voice-Over) 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 prosecutor called me ... Monster.”
Monster is the story of sixteen year old Steve, telling his story during his time in jail. Throughout the book, Steve tells us his participation in a grocery store robbery gone bad when the store owner is shot and killed. He tells us about his family, his job in the robbery, what it was like in jail and about his determination to get through the courts, trials and guilt. Monster helps you understand what’s good and what’s horribly wrong.
Steve Harmon is imprisoned while awaiting his court dates and verdict. In Monster, Steve has to make it through the fights during the day, the beatings at night and hearing the whimpered cries while others sleep peacefully. Before prison, Steve had the misfortune of making a huge mistake, in which, a man was murdered. Written in a film format, Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon and what happens in real life, when you try to find out who you really are.
When I first started reading Monster, I kept thinking “Should I continue reading this? Will it get creepy or something?” The only thing that kept me from stopping, was the format. The way it was written, drew you in. You keep reading the “VOs” and the fade-ins and outs and viewing it as it really is a movie. A scary movie. Like Frankenstein. You can picture Steve struggling through the court dates, the people, the screaming and the fights. You can visualize it all so well, like it was your life and not just a story written to show people how much determination it takes to get through something that serious. It gave me the courage to stand up and give people a second chance. Monster may have shown a terrible part of Steve, but it brought out the best of him too.
Mystery and horror had never been my sort of genre, of anything. Creepy music, books giving intense details about someone dying and movies making you want to scream are not what I usually picture my Friday night to be. I preferred sweet and sassy. If you had given me a book that involves a romance and I’d read it to the end. With Monster, I may have to change genres for a while. I was in a depressed mood while reading it and I can say that anyone with any type of feeling would tell you the same. But Monster was different for me. I love watching movies and reading books and the way Myers brought them together to make one, made me want to write my own film-book that made others just as depressed as I was.
Monster left a big impact on how I make my decisions now. In my opinion, every book is written as a self-help book in some sort of a way. This one was written as a determination book, showing you that even in the worst of situations, just hold your head high and faith will guide you where you need to be. If you need a book to tell you how tough life can be, and how to handle it when it gets to rough, read Monster.(less)
“When I eat, everything tastes so good I can’t get all the taste out of it; when I look at something-say, the lake-the waves are so green and the foam...more“When I eat, everything tastes so good I can’t get all the taste out of it; when I look at something-say, the lake-the waves are so green and the foam so white that it seems I can’t look at it hard enough; there seems to be something there that I can’t get at. And even when I’m with you, I can’t seem to be with you…enough.” -Angie
Title: Seventeenth Summer
Author: Maureen Daly
Until the summer before college, Angie Morrow didn’t really date. Her mother didin’t like her to go out much. But no one — not even Angie’s mother — can resist the charm of strikingly handsome Jack Duluth. His good looks grab Angies’s attention from the moment in June when Jack throws Angie a smile at McKight’s drugstore. And on their first date sailing under the stars — when Jack leans in and whispers to Angie, “You look nice with the wind in your hair,” the strange new feelings begin. Tingles, prickles, warmth: the tell-tale signs of romance. It’s the beginning of an unforgettable summer for Angie, full of wonder, warmth, tears, challenge, and love. Maureen Daly had created a love story so honest that it has withstood the test of time, winning new fans for more than six decades. Today, this classic is enjoyed by many who think of it as the quintessential love story, and as a glimpse of love in the 1940′s; a refreshing alternative to modern love stories, reflecting the beauty and innocence of new love.
Little Angel’s Opinion:
I found this book a little bit hard to get in to. I think it’s mostly because this book was actually published back in 1942 and this was just a re-publishing. Back in ’42, dating wasn’t like it was today. Nowadays, you go out mostly when you want. A guy doesn’t need permission from your parents to take you out somewhere. Yes, he has to meet your parents, but it’s not the same as it was then. You had to court girls. Get permission from the girl’s father and mother to propose to her. It’s so different now than it was almost seventy years ago.
The romance was slow and that’s how love is supposed to work. You don’t rush right into things right away. The book was written over the course of three months: June, July and August. Three months to fall in love. What Jack and Angie had, could last forever. They understood each other. They could talk to each other and know what the other meant. It was true love.
The characters didn’t seem to bug me at all. They were polite and understandable but still somehow, unpredictable. Angie was just an ordinary girl. She didn’t pretend to be gorgeous or a know-it-all. She was herself. Jack was a bit hard to understand sometimes though. He dated Jane off and on, but she didn’t seem his type. It’s like he changed, just so he could be with Angie. Maybe he was pretended with Jane, not Angie. But somewhere in that book, he changed into someone new. Angie’s sisters didn’t really seem like her sisters at all. Kitty is just a child and Angie could talk to her and not be judged, but Kitty didn’t understand what she really meant. Lorraine was gone most of the time and Margaret didn’t seem to talk to her much. None of them knew what she was going through and no one could. It’s like Angie had the hardest time explaining just what she was thinking. I guess love does that to you.
5 stars and favorite. The first book I picked up once I got back from the library. Couldn't get enough of it! Can't wait to read #4! Richelle Mead rea...more5 stars and favorite. The first book I picked up once I got back from the library. Couldn't get enough of it! Can't wait to read #4! Richelle Mead really is a fantastic author!(less)
I read the book today(had a lot of time to catch up on reading!). I really liked the change from my normal paranormal roman...more**spoiler alert** SPOILERS:
I read the book today(had a lot of time to catch up on reading!). I really liked the change from my normal paranormal romance. Normally I'm reading about vampires and werewolves. I felt the same as Missy with Rafe. He was kind of manipulative. Was the honest side of him the real Rafe or was it just another one of his "characters"? I felt like Daniel knew Maya way better and would have suited to be with her much better than Rafe, but I can't help but have a pull towards him. I guess Armstrong did a good job on that!
The only thing that really irked me about the book is the ending. They got in a helicopter and flew away. THE END. It's like, "Huh? Is this book missing a lot of pages? Were they ripped out?" The thought of waiting to get to read more just pains me. Here's to waiting for more!(less)
I read this a while back and am just now reviewing it. I have to say, it still scares me a little bit in White Cat how they can CHANGE people into oth...moreI read this a while back and am just now reviewing it. I have to say, it still scares me a little bit in White Cat how they can CHANGE people into other things. I think Black did an amazing job with writing this book. Cassel's character is perfect. For a scam-artist anyway. I mean, he IS a scammer. But, I don't blame him for what he does. Everyone has to live, right? ;) Lila is a stubborn girl, but I can see why she is the way she is. Her father isn't really a good example for her, but what can she do? You can't pick who your parents are, so you have to do with what you have. I admit I didn't start this book until the last possible moment, I wasn't all that excited about reading it. I mean, the genre just didn't seem like one I'd really get into. I read paranormal romance, yes, but magic and wizards and stuff, it's not my favorite thing to read about. I do enjoy some of the books though. I was actually shocked to find out that I couldn't sleep at night because I was wondering what would happen next and who would do what next. It was rather exhausting to go to bed and just THINK about it. I will definitely read this fast-pacing and truly unique series to the end! (less)
I just finished DIVERGENT and to tell you the truth, I'm quite impressed. Of all the things I've read,...moreFollow Me To The Bookshelf review
I just finished DIVERGENT and to tell you the truth, I'm quite impressed. Of all the things I've read, this one just blew my mind. And what really killed me is that the end was a HUGE cliff-hanger. The thought of having to wait to read the second book, well, it kills me knowing I will have to wait a year to read it.
First off, I loved Four(whoops, Tobias ;), although at sometimes I wanted to slap him. Other times, I had to swoon about him. He just had so many personalities, I just didn't know what to say or do at times. He really is a dream character. Beatrice(Tris) was well established as well. She kind of reminded me of Katniss in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, she was brave and outgoing and she wanted to improve. She wouldn't give up.
I could feel the adrenaline whenever Tris did something new that was just crazy. It made me want to jump off a train unto the roof of a building(ahem, not that I did...). But sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh thinking that I would never have the guts to do it.
The end of the book really hit me. Tris's parents gave their lives for her. Well, not just for her, but for her brother and everyone who was fighting. The only problem I had with this book is that when Tobias was pretty much a robot, he just all of a sudden 'woke up'. I thought it just happened like BAM! and he was back. But, I don't have that big of a problem with that. I guess, it's just something that didn't really make sense to me.
But all in all; It was an amazing read! Roth definitely has a great writing skill!(less)