Eva Leger's Reviews > Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

Monster by Sanyika Shakur
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Jul 21, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: b-non-fiction, autos-bios-memoirs, gang-related
Recommended to Eva by: book club member
Recommended for: street-lit readers, some memoir readers

I have yet to join a gand, hehe, but this seems like a good portrayal of what the life would be like. I did like that he didn't seem to be glorifying the gang life but at the same time the few racist remarks included bothered me. Probably what bothered me most of all was his likening the gang to the army and military, likening a drive-by shooting to a war, things like that. Overall it was a good book with a good story, good ending, good lessons, and good writing.
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Started Reading
June 1, 2008 – Finished Reading
July 21, 2008 – Shelved
February 6, 2009 – Shelved as: b-non-fiction
July 8, 2009 – Shelved as: autos-bios-memoirs
September 12, 2009 – Shelved as: gang-related

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message 1: by Noran (new)

Noran Miss Pumkin I am suprised--I often have heard over the years, that gang member liken gangs to families, so I not sure about reading the book or not now.

message 2: by Eva (new) - rated it 5 stars

Eva Leger Yeah, don't get me wrong, this was a decent book and it gives a good look into life inside a gang. And you're right, he did a lot of talking about how his set was his family and things like that but he also tried to portray the things his gang did as just like the things out Army does which is just not so. I didn't like that at all!

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