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Monster by Walter Dean Myers
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Jun 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: novel, ya, reluctant-reader

I can see why this one is on nearly every reluctant reader list. 16-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for felony murder because it is alleged that he checked a drugstore for cops before his friends robbed the place and killed the owner in the process. Steve is an avid film student at his high school and so tells the majority of his story through a screenplay of the whole process.

It made me think of an episode of Law and Order, except told from the accused's perspective. I liked how Steve never really comes right out and says whether he was involved (although it is hinted pretty heavily), because it allows us to spend more time contemplating how even being accused has affected his life and how being convicted (whether he knows himself to be guilty or innocent) would change it even further. A good book for exploring how the things that at first look seem tough and manly actually can keep you from growing up to be the man you want to be.

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Reading Progress

June 5, 2011 – Shelved
September 19, 2011 – Shelved as: novel
May 15, 2012 – Shelved as: ya
July 24, 2014 – Started Reading
July 28, 2014 – Finished Reading
July 29, 2014 – Shelved as: reluctant-reader

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