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Monster by Walter Dean Myers
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Sep 27, 2011

really liked it

Monster really shines a light into black cultureand the way black youth (espeically boys) are percieved. The protagonist is a young African American male who is accused of a horrific crime. The book is written in script form and unfolds in a variety of court scenes and flashbacks. It's good. But I'm less compelled by the story itself and more by the sociological study it presents. How does America still view black youth? What is the significance of reading about a kid who's been reduced to a Monster? And why to we find this so danged compelling?
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