Teen Book Review: Monster

Submitted by teenspace on July 13, 2012 - 2:27pm

Monster by Walter Dean Meyers

Review by Fallen D., Northwest Branch

16-year-old African American Steve Harmon is on trial for murder of a drug store owner.  The other suspect, James King, is a "thug" Steve knows from from his neighborhood in Harlem, New York who asks Steve to check the drug store for cops. Steve is accused of doing this so King and another man can rob the store.  He records the trial as a movie that he feels left out of and chronicles his tough life in jail, surrounded by criminals.
This book was not what I expected it to be.  From the description, I thought it would be just Steve describing his life in jail, how he got there, and a little about the trial.  But mostly it was his movie of the trail and he sometimes talked about jail.  It was little bit hard to follow in parts because of the format, but the book turned out to be okay in the end.  Maybe the form it was written in threw me off, or because I was expecting something different.  I usually don't read books about crime, but the book was highly acclaimed and if you like books about crime, you will probably like this book.

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