Saturday, June 20, 2015

Teen review: Monster

In Walter Dean Myers’ novel Monster, a young boy makes a bad decision to join a robbery, and must deal with the consequences as he goes through a trial for felony murder. In this 281-page book, the protagonist must fight to prove his innocence. It is a well-rounded book that focuses on many aspects of the story, since it more realistic than fictional. The story begins in the courtroom, where the three lawyers--Asa Briggs, Kathy O’Brien, and Sandra Petrocelli--duke it out for the main character, Steve Harmon, and another man involved with the case, James King. The prosecutor, Ms. Petrocelli, makes her claims as to why Steve and King are guilty. After her, even though doubting his innocence, Ms. O’Brien (Steve’s defense attorney) defends Steve the best she can. When the trial concludes for the day, he is sent back to jail, where he decides he wants to document this experience of his. He ends up writing it up in his journal as a script for a movie.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about trials. What I personally enjoyed most about this book is the fact that it is written as a script and is easier to imagine as Steve would want it imagined. It was a great book to read in my spare time, and I would not mind reading again. This is probably near an eighth-grade reading level. The front cover isn’t exactly interesting--just a mug shot of Steve Harmon. In all, I would rate this book a 3 out of 5.

Reviewed by Brett Fragosa, grade 9

Editor's note: As you can see from how much of the cover is obscured by awards stickers, this is an extremely well thought of book!

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