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|Download Kindle à Monster × Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie Maybe I can make my own movie The film will be the story of my life No, not my life, but of this experience I'll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me MonsterFade In: Interior Court A guard sits at a desk behind Steve Kathy O'Brien, Steve's lawyer, is all business as she talks to SteveO'BrienLet me make sure you understand what's going on Both you and this king character are on trial for felony murder Felony Murder is as serious as it getsWhen you're in court, you sit there and pay attetion You let the jury know that you think the case is a serious as they do SteveYou think we're going to win ?O'Brien seriouslyIt probably depends on what you mean by winSixteenyearold Steve Harmon is on trial for murder A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookoutGuilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of the system, cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his lifeAs a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a script, just like in the movies He writes it all down, scene by scene, the story of how his whole life was turned around in an instant But despite his efforts, reality is blurred and his vision obscured until he can no longer tell who he is or what is the truth This compelling novel is Walter Dean Myers's writing at its best Okay so I have a lot to say about this one I didn't really enjoy it as much as I thought I would The format was really hard to get into and then on top of that I truly believe that the narrator was unreliable There were things that he stated in his personal journal that didn't line up with his testimony which almost made me feel like something about the situation wasn't completely right I just wantedfrom the novel and I'm not sure if it was the authors intention to keep everything so vague, but I literally finished this book in one sitting and didn't understand why I started it to begin with I didn't really understand the whole premise of the case, it felt as though pieces were missing and it seemed as though everything was based on hearsay To be quite honest, I really didn't enjoy it If anyone has a better perspective of the novel please let me know. amended review, with spoilers:are all teen books written in eyecatching, typographically unconventional ways?? or is it just this one reading list?? i have nothing really to say about this book, except that for a sixteenyearold boy in jail, it might benefit him to adopt less girly handwriting kids, stay out of jail don't associate with criminals don't lie about your involvement because any close reader will notice, and you will be screwed and, really, less girlyi have just returned from my teen lit readers' advisory class and everyone just ooohed and ahhhed over this book and even though i read it last summer, the gushing reaction of everyone else made me drop a star from my previous rating no no no it is not gritty and edgy, this is absurd and a close reading of this book reveals several inaccuracies that pretty much solidify the fact that despite the narrator's repeated claims that he is innocent, well, he's not at all and so basically, this book becomes one long lie about a character avoiding responsibility for a shitty thing he did, and couldn't even lie well enough to effectively get out of and greg's review points out what a shitty lowreward crime it was i am sick of people who are not prepared to accept that their actions have consequences, in fiction or otherwise be a man although, with that handwriting, you are probablylikely about to learn what it is like to be a woman. Find all of my reviews at: “My job is to make sure the law works for you as well as against you, and to make you a human being in the eyes of the jury Your job is to help me.” You may recall several months ago a horrific tragedy befell my family – I LOST MY KINDLE IN MY OWN HOUSE!!!! I did what any sane reader would do and immediately went into meltdown mode and demanded the okay to order a new one (which was promptly given to me because I = psychopath and even the hubs don’t want to mess with me when I’m having a B.F.) After an hour or so I came to my senses (well, as much as is possible) and realized I should be placing the emphasis of the Kindle being lost IN MY OWN HOUSE I figured as soon as the new one arrived I’d find the old and have to eat serious amounts of crow for eternity So I did another thing that’s sure to win me my Mother Of The Year Award once again and purloined the youngest’s reader instead (since he pretty much only used it for Minecraft and that is whack) Months went by and then like magic my Kindle fell out from between the slats in the dining room chair where it had managed to wedge itself and remain incognito so long ago and I realized that if both Kindles were attached to my account I could force suggest a buddy read You see, the young one is not necessarily a fan of reading, but it does count for a pretty whopping portion of his ELA grade so he is obligated Last year he proved he was definitely not adopted when he hid in the john for 20 minutes every night like a shady little sonofagun and wasn’t really reading at all This year I learned from my mistake and had him read a book I had already read (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian if you’re curious.) And guess what happened????? He still doesn’t loooooooove to read (and most assuredly stops when his 20 page requirement is over no matter how interesting he finds what’s going on), but he doesn’t moan and groan if presented contemporary realistic fiction He also likes a low page count and he prefers an unconventional style if we can find it And allllllllllllllllllllllllll of that ramble is what led us to Monster.Monster is “The incredible story of how one guy’s life was turned around by a few events and how he might spend the rest of his life behind bars Told as it actually happened!” The main character is Steve Harmon, a 16 year old boy who is on trial for murder of a corner store owner in Harlem While only being accused of playing “lookout” for the men who actually committed the robbery/ended up shooting the victim, a zero tolerance policy for violent crimes has Steve facing 25 to life just as if he were the one who pulled the trigger Before getting sent to jail to wait out his trial date, Steve’s favorite hobby was making movies Therefore, Monster reads like a screenplay and the reader discovers that “Most people in our community are decent, hardworking citizens who pursue their own interests legally and without infringing on the rights of others But there are also monsters in our communities – people who are willing to steal and to kill, people who disregard the rights of others.” Over the course of 281 pages, you get to decide which category you think Steve belongs in.This was a winner for both the kidlet and myself A super fast read that easily held the interest of even the notsodedicated reader It also presented quite the resume for itself: Michael L Printz Award (2000), Coretta Scott King Award for Author Honor (2000), Lincoln Award Nominee (2005), National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature (1999), Boston GlobeHorn Book Award Honor for Fiction (1999) which leads me to my one gripe –NOT about the book, but about middleschool teaching/philosophies/beliefs/whatever in general This book was ON A GIANT BULLETIN BOARD OF “RECOMMENDED READS” in the teacher’s classroom when we went in for Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences Like Ralphie’s father in A Christmas Story, it won alllll the major awards My kid read it BASED ON THE TEACHER’S SUGGESTION And yet it’s not a story that is allowed to be discussed in class Why the eff not????? Seriously parents, these kids are 12 and 13 years old Steve Harmon was only 16 in this book when his entire life was potentially going to be snatched away from him Books like this show the privileged suburbanite a taste of what really goes on in the world Stop hiding them from your children and stop bitching at teachers that your special snowflake is too precious and delicate to know about the atrocities of modern day American and READ THEM WITH YOUR KID Then talk about it Then tell them about real life situations when you hear them on the news Make sure they know the consequences in order to see that they (hopefully) won’t put themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time Don’t stick your head in the sand for cripes sake!If you have any other suggestions that fit the bill of realistic middlegrade fiction, please share below My kid might not be super thankful, but I will be ; ) Nowhere in the book does the pointlessness of what has happened get mentioned The basic plot is that right before Christmas a drugstore on Malcolm X Boulevard gets robbed The owner pulls a gun, the gun gets turned on him and he dies The thieves steal the money in the register and a few cartons of cigarettes, that one of the robbers then sells on the street for five bucks a carton There are supposedly four people involved in this mastermind heist that I'm guessing nets about $230 (six cartons of smokes at 5 bucks a pop, and a register till usually only has about 200 bucks in it, I can't imagine that drugstore in pregentrified 1990's Harlem would have keptin it at anytime) Split four ways this is about 57 dollars a person and change This is never mentioned in the book It's this pointlessness of the whole scheme that struck me as most poignant, that for this pocket change an 'elaborate' conspiracy was created and carried out Maybe after watching The Wire and reading Clockers the Game being played here seems absurd, like small reward for high risks, that give a stupidity or sheer desperation to the people involved Maybe it's the ease that the 50 make their case based on hearsay, without any kind of physical evidence that makes me feel a little too removed from the story, like this is something that wouldn't happen, but maybe that is just me having my only experiences with criminal trials come from TV Crime Procedurals Maybe it's the ease that everyone is rolling on everyone else, begging to rat out anyone that they can to get off on some crime that they committed that feels a little strange, like there would be no repercussions in this world for being an open snitch Again maybe Richard Price is distorting my view of what the world is really like out there Besides the absurdity of the crime, the other fascinating thing in this book is the unreliability of the story In at least three spots the truthfulness of what the main character is writing into his movie create tensions that could undermine the whole basis of his story They are just small things said or done in the story, but they bring into question if anything that happened according to the main character can be trusted at all.