MONSTER THE BOOK

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Monster book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers . Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I. Monster is a young adult drama novel by American author Walter Dean Myers and was published by HarperCollins in It was nominated for the Provocative book about teen on trial for murder. Read Common Sense Media's Monster review, age rating, and parents guide.


Monster The Book

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Publishers Weekly Best Book; Coretta Scott King Honor (Author); Bulletin Blue Ribbon (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books); Boston Globe-Horn Book. Visit Scholastic, the world's largest children's book publisher. Whether you need a classic kids book or classroom-proven teaching materials, discover it at. 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.

The 16 year old protagonist who is on trial for allegedly participating in a robbery that ended in murder is realistic, sympathetic, and interesting.

View all 3 comments. Jul 05, L. Fidler rated it liked it Shelves: So, i lobbied to add this book to my curriculum for 10th grade low levels next year. View all 4 comments.

Jan 26, Alissa Patrick rated it liked it Shelves: I listened to the audiobook in one sitting; I was so riveted.

The flow of the novel was so different, bc Steve is telling the story himself as a movie, and it would appear the text is p 3. The flow of the novel was so different, bc Steve is telling the story himself as a movie, and it would appear the text is presented to the reader as a screenplay. It's a short one- pages- but it packs a lot of punch.

The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help. That is the very first line of the book, and it definitely sets the tone. And the audiobook is definitely the way to go with reading this book. Monster is a thought provoking and powerful story that really looks at how the justice system is influenced by perceptions in a very accessible way that any reader can grasp.

I guess making you live is part of the punishment. Most noticeably, it's a page-turner written in the unique form of a movie script. But it also analyzes the main character and his choices of morality.

Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon was convicted of being an accomplice in a murder and robbery. Terrified he's going to end up in prison for life or get sentenced to death row, Steve tries to distract himself by keeping track of the events in jail as the case plays out.

This was a short, thought-provoking read. It was a powerful punch highlighting an African-American boy's hard life, what it's like to experience prison, and what it means to be guilty or innocent.

The ending didn't wrap everything up, which I think is the reason this book didn't get very good ratings. When I first finished it, I too was frustrated with the ambiguous ending that left things a little too open. But the more I thought about it, the more I appreciated the ending. Myers purposely left it open so the reader could decide what had happened on their own. In a way, the reader is supposed to give Steve the verdict: Guilty or not guilty?

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This was a look at a boy's character who may have got caught up in a terrible crime. I thought it was a great reflection on different kinds of people—the criminals, lawyers, judges, and witnesses were all distinctly developed. I found it very interesting and a complex look at human beings' actions. Jan 10, Miss Nuding C8B rated it it was amazing. I highly recommend this book to people who struggle getting through books.

It is a quick read, but a necessary one! View 2 comments. Jan 23, Alex marked it as to-read. Learned about it from this article about a book club for black boys. Jan 10, Katiria rated it really liked it. I will admit I thought this book was a non-fiction book when I first heard about it on Litsy. But than I heard it was a realistic fiction book, which I tend to stay away from realistic book. Because I just want to read about fiction worlds and step away from the real world issues in books from time too time.

But I've been hearing great things about Monster on the Litsy app, that I was going to check it out from the library at first. But than when I was staying at my parents house recovery from m I will admit I thought this book was a non-fiction book when I first heard about it on Litsy.

But than when I was staying at my parents house recovery from my Achilles Heel surgery, I was looking through my little sister book shelf and I saw she had the book Monster. So I started too read it right away. Now Monster is a quick pace read, I read it in one setting, but it was not one of my favorite books that I read this year.

Don't get me wrong it is a really good book, and it's great for educations use for students in school which I think kids and students should absolutely read this book. But like I said I don't normally read realistic book quite often. Monster is actually the first realistic book that I have read, and it most definitely won't be my last I would love too read my books like Monster in the near future.

Now I don't want too go into any details about Monster, because I think every readers knows what it is about. But I will say I did highly liked and enjoyed it so much, it was totally a refreshing and very important read as well. And has open my eyes wide open to the reality of what's happening in the world today.

All and all I really liked and enjoyed Monster that I am going to try read more realistic books in the near future! While reading it, I could definitely see the appeal and why so many people loved it as much as they did.

It's well written, the format is fascinating, and the storyline is the opposite of dull.

I can p "Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. I can practically hear you asking why I didn't give it at least four stars. How does a book with these qualities not receive a glowing review as radiant as it's abundance of stars?

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Well, the beginning half of the book this was at least a four. But then I finished it and had a startling realization: I did not truly care for anyone in the book. Did I feel horrible for Steve and hope that he didn't have to go to prison?

But I didn't care for Steve particularly. I cared for an innocent sixteen year old going to prison for a crime he didn't commit. All this said, I would still recommend this novel, especially for people who want to rethink the way they look at stereotypes and the plight of innocent people who happen to be the victims of these stereotypes.

Despite the low review, I'm glad I read this and knowing what I would think of it, I still would have read it. Sep 17, Liz Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't know what to believe about this story, I don't. I am still trying to figure out if it is a good or bad thing.

This book is told through diary entries and as a screenplay by the main character. Yes, it is not the conventional way of doing things, but I thought it a beautiful way to tell the story, even though everything this man writes is gold. This helped, as questions relating to race, dehumanization, relative or subjective nature of the truth and identity began to rise within me also, I don't know what to believe about this story, I don't.

This helped, as questions relating to race, dehumanization, relative or subjective nature of the truth and identity began to rise within me also, if you are a person interested in law, or know the flaws within the court system, this will be a cake walk, one will be able to analyze it with no problem. I don't want to talk about the characters, that is a decision that every one must make individually, if you believe what is told, or if you make your own assumptions.

However this is a powerful book, and with the current situation in the United States pertaining to incarceration, race, and police brutality, it is one that should be carefully studied by all young people, so as to gather perspective of the ills of the world.

Nov 01, Bookishrealm rated it liked it Shelves: 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 wanted more from the novel and I'm not sure if it was the authors intention to keep everything so v Okay so I have a lot to say about this one.

I just wanted more from 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.

Mar 14, Skip rated it liked it Recommended to Skip by: Jennifer S. The story is told in a unorthodox manner, switching between entries in Steve's diary and an imagined screenplay. His own worries and thoughts are intertwined as the court case comes to its conclusion. May 06, Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it Shelves: Reviewed by Mechele R. Dillard for TeensReadToo.

But he's having trouble understanding why. I walked into a drugstore to look for some mints, and then I walked out. What was wrong with that? I didn't kill Mr.

Nesbitt" p. Nothing is wrong with that, of course--unless the purpose of that casual trip was to give the "all clear" for a robbery that ended in the murder of the store's owner. Then, something is very wrong. By structu Reviewed by Mechele R. By structuring the book as a movie script being written by the character as he spends his days in prison, faces his jury, prepares with his lawyer, confronts his mother and father, and, most importantly, examines his own life, Myers presents Steve as a talented young man who may have made a single poor choice.

However, Myers retains conflict necessary for building a compelling storyline by having Steve refuse to acknowledge his part in Mr.

Nesbitt's death. The result is that the reader wants to sympathize with the teen, but cannot help but wonder, if Steve truly does not understand why what he did was wrong, what is going to keep him from going astray in the future?

Maybe, as the prosecutor stated, Steve really is a monster. You, and only you, are responsible for the choices you make, and the consequences for those choices may ultimately affect not only the rest of your life, but the lives of the people around you--and maybe those you do not even know.

Therefore, think about what you are doing, consider the consequences of your actions, and choose wisely. Sep 24, Stephen M rated it liked it. All the interesting elements within the book are rehashed in the lawyer's closing statements. In it, we're forced to go through every plot point in the book -- except that during these lawyer soliloquies all the events in the book have been condensed into a few sentences. That renders the entire book pointless.

This alone could have been a successful short story if Myers had published just that section of the book. King be damned! Cut out the unnecessary; leave the essential! Have we learned any All the interesting elements within the book are rehashed in the lawyer's closing statements.

Have we learned anything from His wisdom? But of course, it wouldn't have been a YA novel to win awards and accolades. It's important to have black representation in popular literature and YA especially, but to be honest, I don't think that Myers digs deep enough here. Maybe I'm a die-hard cynic, but this still feels a bit cheery, dewey-eyed, and tame. I don't think this does quite enough justice to the experiences of blacks in America. But what do I know.

Take that opinion with the biggest grain of salt y'all've got. I'm not the person to be making claims about this issue.

Monster Book Review

Mar 21, Calvin rated it really liked it. Monster HarperCollins Publishers, , pp. Well, I have always wondered what happen to the people that walk to a police precinct with handcuffs. What happen to the people that get sentenced to jail for life.

Can a person come out and restore their lives again? How can people get back on their feet? Well, Steve Harmon did. Steve Harmon is a 16 year old African American boy, which is on trial for murder. In this book, you get to go behind the scenes to see what really happens behind those locked bars.

He has to stand trail for killing someone in an attempted robbery, which he claims he never did. After questioning the two young men Atty. Petrocelli then calls Osvaldo Cruz, a young man of Hispanic descent, to the stand.

They are feared for being indiscriminately violent.

Monster Summary

The flashbacks continue and now Steve reminiscences a visit from his father. His father had expressed his desire that his son would have gone on to study at his Morehouse College, his alma mater, instead of this life of crime he was in now.

Additionally, Steve writes that he can barely bring himself to document the awful minutiae of the burglary.

In detailing the events and the points of view presented by the various witnesses brought to the trial stand Steve, still playing out the fantasy of presenting things ala movie screenplay, describes how he imagines the scene as a four-way split screen pastiche. Osvaldo Cruz is now called to the stand to give his testimony.

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According to him, Steve was supposed to serve as their lookout, notifying the James and Bobo that they could begin burglarizing the store without fear of reprisal. Cruz would then serve to tar pit anyone attempting to chase them. According to the accounts the death of the storeowner, Mr.

Felony Murder is as serious as it gets. When 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.

A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Guilty 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 life.Mar 26, Dylan Tsao rated it really liked it Shelves: Episode Reviews. Violence Although the book describes nothing directly, violence pervades the story.

Monster is actually the first realistic book that I have read, and it most definitely won't be my last I would love too read my books like Monster in the near future. He was brought up and went to public school there. And teens will appreciate debating whether Steve's guilty or not, and related issues, such as the fairness of our judicial system.

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