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Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers
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Mar 04, 2012

really liked it

If you could watch your life on television, and intervene whenever you wanted to, what would you change? In the novel, "Dope Sick" by Walter Dean Myers, A boy named Roger is in trouble with the law and does not know what to do. Myers depicts Roger and his events leading up to his crime using foreshadowing, the present as he is thinking about his next move, and his future and consequences resulting in his actions. Myers tells another tale about the troubled young man from New York City.

Myers brilliantly starts the book right where it ends; Roger is holding his arm in pain of his gunshot wound, watching his life on T.V. with a homeless man in an apartment. The figurative language he uses to describe Rogers wounds even make the reader start to cringe. "Starting to loose feeling from my fingertips to my forearm," is the way Myers explains the young mans pain he is going through while he is flashing back watching himself run across the street looking for an apartment building he will hide out in. Roger had shot and killed a thirty three year old police officer and now he is on the run from practically every police officer in the state of New York. While watching his crime and him fleeing the scene over and over again he sees how big of a mistake he had made and what he would do take his actions back.

The author depicts the setting of the apartment in which Roger is watching his life in the past and the future as a dirty, smelly, musty apartment, with a magical feel about the television. The setting was vital to the makeup of the story. It was a hole in the wall place but had an unreal treasure inside of it, that being the television. He was watching himself watching his life on T.V. and he could not believe what he had done and he was freaked out on where these images were coming from. Roger needed to fix his situation.

Finally, the homeless man, named Kelly, showed Roger his future. At first he was skeptical on the idea of seeing his life in advance, and if it would even be accurate. But Kelly recommended he watch it. He showed everything leading up to Roger being on the roof of the apartment building, pouring rain, cops had him surrounded, and he paused it. Roger did not want to see anymore. Myers uses suspense in this part of his story and keeps the reader on the edge of their seats the whole story.

Myers brilliantly put together this novel through the use of foreshadowing, description of setting, and suspense. The reader needs to dig deep and prepare themselves for the ending and I encourage you to read it and find out the ending for yourself.
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message 1: by Samakosky (new)

Samakosky Great review and summary J - but I am more curious about what you thought. You have a great hook - maybe you want to answer that question yourself.

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