What if you were 16, on trial for being a robbery look-out gone wrong, and the prosecutor labeled you a ‘monster’ to your jury? Walter Dean Myers went inside the head of a high school kid in his novel for young people, Monster. The story is told as a film script, using Steven Harmon’s high-school class experience in filmmaking. The novel reads fast, interspersed with thick-penciled diary entries and mug shots.
You will read a script text of Harmon’s reaction to his initial booking, his fears inside the cells, his confusion about trial tactics, his depression and guilt. The book feels real; you will not remember that au author other than Harmon has written it. A nice touch: was Harmon ‘guilty’ or ‘really guilty’ of this crime? Are there degrees of guilt? Was the jury verdict one you agree with? Expected?
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