Parvoneh's Reviews > Lockdown
Aug 18, 2015
This is one of Walter Dean Myers' most celebrated books for good reason. The plot is much tighter than some of his other works and the morality less overt. Some of WDM's novels try to teach a lesson through cautionary tales (Dope Sick, Outside Shot) or try to create model characters for readers to mimic (All the Right Stuff, The Game). In Lockdown, Myers allows individuals to make mistakes and still be whole, to struggle while also being somehow hopeful that things could change. Reese is a compelling character whose feelings are familiar to anyone who has gone through a period of uncertainty and doubt or who has experienced fear that injustice will prevail. The abuses he experiences in juvenile detention are realistic but did not feel exploitative--the feelings Reese goes through while at Progress are not just meant to scare the reader away from such a future, but to demonstrate the harm done by the system and the difficult and limited choices available to those who become court-involved. An engaging novel for young adults and adult literacy students, as well.
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August 6, 2015 – Started Reading
August 18, 2015 – Shelved
August 19, 2015 – Finished Reading