Samantha Eberle's Reviews > Bad Boy: A Memoir

Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers
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Mar 11, 2011

A book like this usually doesn't make it onto my list of things to read. However, in my English class we were to choose a memoir to read, and this book seemed like the best option. I will say, the book wasn't awful, though it wasn't great. The book starts back when he's in kindergarden progressing its way to when he reaches the age of 16, and graduating high school. Throughout the book he talks about the topics of racism, and how people treated the "negroes." you get to see how truly proud he is of his race. He doesn't let people get to him. Walter finds himself in a lot of trouble, but he always seems to find a way out of it. You read about the ups and downs in his life and how he used writing to pull through it all. Attending Stuyvesent high school was one of the biggest challenges he faced. He wanted to be a writer, but the school focused more on careers other than that. He ended up missing a lot of schools and falling way behind. It couldn't have been too easy seeing as how he was in his freshmen year of high school when he was 12. At one point in his life he wanted to be a lawyer, but all the teachers told him he couldn't do it because of his speech problems. After graduation he talks about how he enrolled in to the army early. He also tells the reader about how he had stopped writing, and showed how he got back into it. Overall what I liked was that he never gave up. Even when he wanted to he just kept doing everything he could to pull through and be the best he could be. He always wanted to grow up and live a better life than the people in his community, and he worked as hard as he could to accomplish that. I didn't like that the years jumped around quickly and you had to remember that he was in high school at a young age. Also, I was never able to figure out who he was living with.

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Jennifer Brinkmeyer He lived with a family who had taken him in and adopted him. Your summary here is thorough, but I don't see much discussion of themes, style, or your evaluation.

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