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Fallen Angels

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  9,276 ratings  ·  1,236 reviews
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of att
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 1989 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published October 7th 1983)
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In the past four months, I've changed jobs, been forced to move out of my apartment back in with my parents temporarily, and begun the arduous task of DIYing a long neglected house into a livable space without, y'know, electrical wires dangling into the sink and cracked wood-paneled walls. I am finding it hard to have the attention span for any reading above an eighth grade level, and even find myself momentarily overwhelmed by Tess Gerritsen. (Let's meditate on that for a moment. Body Double? CURRENTL ...more
Jan 31, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the story of one soldiers tour in Vietnam. It shows the war through his eyes. He is a soldier mostly for economic reasons, not because he has a particular position for or against the war. It details both the boredom and life threatening action of the Vietnam war.

This will appeal to teens who like war violence. Boys who want to be soliders or like war will like this book. It is very realistic, not a "James Bond" type of violence, and the soliders reaction to it is very realist
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Once again, a young adult author surprises me with a piece of hard hitting fiction transcending the inadequate categorizations that we try to slap on literature. At this point I don't know why I'm still surprised when I pick up a YA book and it blows me away with its authenticity and depth, but it keeps happening.

Fallen Angels is a quick read. Once I started rolling on it, I finished it in a few hours. The plotline is standard, though the fluctuation between mundane and boring to hellish and violent
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Perry is a very young man from Harlem with not many options. So he signs up with the army during the Vietnam War. Welcome to a world of very unpleasant educational opportunities!

Those first few days in country are strange, new and sometimes exciting. The men, well...boys, really, admire another guy's larger, nasty-looking gun. Perry learns the first rule of war - "Hours of boredom, seconds of terror." He sees his first dead bodies and learns that a dead friend is a human being to be
Joe Lunievicz
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 15 and up YA's and adults.
Recommended to Joe by: saw it in bookstore as faceout.
Walter Dean Myers has been writing YA, gritty, urban fiction for a long time and he is very, very good at it. He writes boy books for boys with African-American protagonists. I picked up a special anniversary edition of Fallen Angels last week while I was at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver because I’d read Lockdown, his 2010 release, and loved it and the subject matter – the Vietnam War – interested me. I can still remember sitting around a table in the cafeteria in ninth grade talking to ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought that Fallen Angels was one of the best books that ive ever read. It really shows the life in vitnam and what they really had to go threw. I would give it 5 star rating. I would also recomend this book to anyone that likes war books.
Still involved in the Year of YA at Booklist listening to classics on audio. I won't be writing about all of them, but I thought this exceptional--and wonderfully narrated. Published in 1988, it's the story of Richie Perry, 17, whose dreams of college are dashed so he enlists in the army. It's 1968 and the Paris Peace Talks promise an end to the war--the soldiers keep thinking it will end soon. But it doesn't. Perry was supposed to have a desk job because of a knee injury but instead he's at the ...more
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Walter Dean Myers wrote the book Fallen Angels. It is about America and the Vietnam War. Well as said by the main character in the book, Richie Perry. He goes through a lot of changes and sees some of his good friends die in battle fighting for a cause that no one could agree upon. The book has 4 other main characters, Lobel, Johnson, Brunner, and Peewee. The book starts off talking about the experiences of Perry while he is serving in Vietnam. His best friend, Peewee becomes instant friends wit ...more
LittleAlice Wonder
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a good book, with a good story to tell, but it also felt repetative and slow, but I guess in the case of our main character, slow, was a very good thing indeed.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
War. Many think it is just a game. But to the men and women fighting, it is a living hell. U.S.A., 1960's, Perry is drafted into the U.S. Military, and sent to the front-line in Vietnam. Perry is a young African-American man, working towards getting to college. Perry's family lives in Harlem, whom have a military background. Perry never wanted to go into the military, his mother mainly the reason. The draft got him to go, of course right to the front-line. Facing a new group of friends, Perry le ...more
Zeb Burke
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
You never know exactly what combat is like until you get there. Would you go knowing friends would be falling all around you? Imagine being in a strange land scared out of your mind. It's hot, muggy, sweaty and bug infested. That's Vietnam. They were thrown in this foreign place with no friendly faces to turn to for comfort.

Perry the main character enlisted in the Army in the late 1960’s and was shipped off the the war in Vietnam. Perry enlisted strait out of high school, because he
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Walter Dean Myers accomplishes the high-wire task of writing about war for a younger audience with all its attendant boredoms, brutalities, and nightmares while making the telling unnervingly easy to comprehend and the characters too easy to identify and sympathize with. Myers shows us the Vietnam war through the eyes of Perry, a young man whose enlistment seemed like his best option for a future, until he's actually in country. We are with him whether he's bonding or clashing w ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, teen, foreign
I was rather amazed at how real this book felt. The characters are all entertaining but it's their dialog that feels so real and honest that it draws the reader in. Myers was in Vietnam and, I assume, drew heavily on his own experiences for this book. While it is awful and violent, it isn't overwhelmingly so, often portraying the boredom of sitting around in camp and focusing more on the feelings of the characters rather than their actions. In fact, the mediation between feeling and action is ra ...more
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sonlight
I picked up and put down this book several times before I finally forced myself to finish. The thing is, my little brother read this book and loved it. There are very few books Sam can claim to have read that I haven't and that meant I HAD to finish this one. I am not particularly fond of coming of age stories or war books and Fallen Angels is a very realistic story about coming of age in the midst of the Vietnam War. However, despite how much I disliked it while reading it, I find I enjoyed the story. It was ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you have read the back cover or a brief summary of this book, I'd say you get what you expect. A seventeen year old unfortunately finds himself in the Vietnam War, after being unsure what to do with his life. And to add to this, his mother can't afford to send her son Richie to college. The plot is your typical emotional roller coaster. By that I mean there are connections made between the main character and his peers, but these connections are altered frequently by consequences of war (such ...more
Erin Sterling
I had trouble getting into this book. I found this a really hard book to get through emotionally. I don't tend to pick up war books (in fact, I've started Sunrise Over Fallujah, also by Walter Dean Myers, about twice and couldn't get past the first ten pages or so), I think because of the inevitability of dying in the book and the notion of soldiers dedicating their lives for something that powers way above them are deciding. That being said, the book was well-written and thoughtful and heart-wr ...more
Riley Schopf
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author of this book has very good description. In the beginning of the book, the main character and his squadron are on a patrol. One of the members doesn't pay attention, and steps on a mine. This is very shocking, because the author says that it was out of no where, the gut just exploded! But one down side is the cussing. Almost on every page there is a cuss word. And it can be really depressing. Half way through the book, the army finds 2 children and there mother. They start to be frien ...more
Madeline Noelle
Jun 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
As silly as it may seem, this book was just a little too real for me. So, in a way, that would indicate the writing is incredibly effective. However, it was painful to read. I hate war, and the story mostly just depressed me. I can't say anything against the writing, only the content.

As an afterthought: I had to read this book for school and I think any time someone told me I HAD to read something my mind immediately decided to not like it. So I should probably read it again by my own choice an
Garrett Nemitz
Great vietnam book. Beautiful insight into the war. We were able to see the horrors that a soldier would experience in Vietnam. We see the good the bad and the ugly as rich perry wades through mud and dives into gunfire to save squad mates and team members. This book was very good and i gave it 5 stars. Mr. Meyers could not have done better. Come see me if you'd like spoilers.
Keifer Smith
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been faced with the fear of knowing that death could be right around the corner? Everyday is a struggle because you don't know what comes next. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat because the action can heat up at any moment. Richie Perry gets drafted into the middle of all this.
Richie is an African-American soldier who was drafted right out of high school. Immediately, he is found making friends with his new squad mates. Not too far into the book, one of his new mates is
Marc Maggiacomo
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This world has had its fair share of bad and good times. But one of the worst and most inhuman times was the Vietnam war this time era was filled with blood and death. And to recognized this time many movies and books were made to educate people with. I am here to tell you my book fallen angels by Walter dean myers. Fallen angels is a novel that depicts the tragedy change and life during the war.

The story begins when 18 year old Richie joins the army as is sent to vietnam. Richie liv
Trevor Gawronski
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, Fallen Angels, was really good. This story was about soldiers in the Vietnam in 1967. The main character Richie graduated high school and realized that college was not the route for him. He decided that it was to expensive and got signed up for the army. He was with a small group of people and unfortunately had to watch some of his members get killed in this war.
He had met people throughout his journey and they all came up with the same goal which was making it out of the war al
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a couple of times in junior high. It struck me so deeply that when recently reading In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree, it came to mind. I was curious to read something that I felt was so impacting during my formative years. It was just as engaging and fabulous as it had been all those years ago. It was very different reading it as an adult looking back on a17 year old rather than a young teen looking up.

It truly is a fabulous book that stands the test of time.
Nathan Anderson
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Alex Halron
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book I have ever read in along time. The book is thrilling as it shows the true brotherhood of a group of guys in the jungles of Vietnam. Perry (The main character) learns life and death as he fights to stay alive in the boonies with his squad of brothers.
Justin Huang
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
really good book solid read
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book because it gave a detailed description of the character's perspective of the Vietnam War. It was very intriguing and when I read it I felt like I was watching a movie. It played out very well in my head and the characters were very well developed. It reminded me of the Band of Brothers TV series. I would definitely recommend this book to people who are into things like that.
Whitley Williams
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I decided to read "Fallen Angles" by Walter Dean Myers due to its highly acclaimed reviews. I honestly thought it lived up to my expectations. I expected a heartfelt and suspenseful book about the Vietnam War. My grandfather fought in the Vietnam War and I thought I would understand his perspective a little better if I read this book. I had some background knowledge on the Vietnam War before I read the book so it was easy to understand what was going on during the intense battle scenes.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.  It was funny at some parts and really serious in others.  It is as very informational in the ides of what the soldiers went threw while in Vietnam.  I would personally recommend this book to anyone who enjoys war history or history in general.  This book would get a 5 star from me.
Kate Saunders
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This would be a good choice for a younger reader interested in Vietnam or war in general. Also does a nice job commenting on how soldiers of color experienced the war.
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“You are not in Disneyland,” he said. “The little people you see running around over here are not Mouseketeers. Some of them are friendly, and some of them have a strong desire to kill you. If you remember that, and manage to kill them before they kill you, then you have a good chance of getting through your year of service here.” 2 likes
“That night the mosquitoes ate us up. I had bites all over my body. Back home I thought mosquitoes never bit black people. Not as much as they bit white people, anyway. Maybe Vietnamese mosquitoes just bit blacks and whites and didn’t bite Asians.” 0 likes
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