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Monster by Walter Dean Myers
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Apr 10, 2010

it was amazing
Read in April, 2010

I'll admit that I wasn't expecting to like this book, and only got it because it was being taught in the classroom. I ended up loving it for a few reasons. 1) I thought it would deter anybody from a life of crime. That opening scene where Steve is at the jail: Yikes!

2) It took the reader and made them feel like they were on the jury. The whole time I read the book, I debated how I would vote.

3)The author's note about what leads a person to crime was profound and earned the book a star or two. Walter Dean Myers said he wanted to know what led people from innocence to becoming murderers. As he interviewed people in the prison system, he found that for all of them it was a slope. Somewhere along the line they had made a moral decision to cross a line and then another--justifying their actions until their only worry became the possibility of getting caught.

It made me stop and think about all of the little things I justify and where they could lead.

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