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 wh

  • Title: Monster
  • Author: Walter Dean Myers
  • ISBN: 9780064407311
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Monster.Fade In Interior Court A guard sits at a desk behind Steve Kathy O Brien, Steve s lawyer, is all business as she talks to Steve.OSometimes 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 Monster.Fade In Interior Court A guard sits at a desk behind Steve Kathy O Brien, Steve s lawyer, is all business as she talks to Steve.O 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 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 SteveYou think we re going to win O Brien seriously It probably depends on what you mean by win Sixteen year old 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 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.As 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 st

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    1. karen

      amended review, with spoilers are all teen books written in eye catching, typographically unconventional ways or is it just this one reading list i have nothing really to say about this book, except that for a sixteen year old 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 l [...]

    2. Kelly (and the Book Boar)

      Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum 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 [...]

    3. Greg

      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 sm [...]

    4. Tatiana

      Monster is an interesting book in several ways.First, it is written in the format of a movie screenplay interjected with the main character s a 16 year old African American boy Steve Harmon s diary like entries I thought I would not like this format, I do not read many plays, but it turned out to be quite the opposite the format made the story much dynamic Steve is on trial for murder he is accused of being a lookout during a robbery resulting in the death of the store owner , therefore the scr [...]

    5. Brenda Morris

      This is my most recent reading of a book I ve already taught two or three times in ninth grade English classes This is a great book for people who don t necessarily enjoy reading The movie script format means the action moves quickly and may make it appealing to people who enjoy movies a lot Myers doesn t give too much away about the story either, which both builds suspense and leaves the reader with something to think about and to talk about The 16 year old protagonist who is on trial for alle [...]

    6. Alissa Patrick

      3.5 stars I chose this book for my Children s Book Challenge I have never heard of it before, but it has won several awards, including one of the Best Books of the Year in 1999 and was a NYTimes bestseller This is the story of Steve Harmon, a 16 year old black male who is on trial for a botched robbery murder 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 present [...]

    7. Lauren Fidler

      here there be spoilers just sayin.So, i lobbied to add this book to my curriculum for 10th grade low levels next year it s a quick read although i suspect much less so for them but it actually presents some very interesting ideas about identity, racism, guilt innocence, and justice the kids will all fixate on whether or not they think steve is guilty, which is sort of the crux of the action he s on trial, suspected of being a lookout for a botcohed robbery of a convenience store where one man wa [...]

    8. Cassandra

      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 MONSTER Actual rating 2.5Monster is a hard book to review 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 practically he [...]

    9. Drew

      They take away your shoelaces and your belt so you can t kill yourself no matter how bad it is I guess making you live is part of the punishment Monster is a few different things 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, [...]

    10. Miss Nuding C8B

      This book is AWESOME I highly recommend this book to people who struggle getting through books It is a quick read, but a necessary one

    11. Katiria

      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 my Ac [...]

    12. Liz Janet

      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 rice within me also, if y [...]

    13. Skip

      16 year old Steve Harmon is on trial as the lookout man in a Harlem convenience store robbery gone wrong, and the manager is killed with his own gun The story is told in a unorthodox manner, switching between entries in Steve s diary and an imagined screenplay Portrayed as a monster, the reader is left to determine his guilt or innocence as a number of troubled youth criminals testify against Steve His own worries and thoughts are intertwined as the court case comes to its conclusion.

    14. Stephen M

      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 anything from [...]

    15. Melissa

      The book has a unique format it is written as a movie script This format gives the reader blatant clues about setting, and vocal cues such as subdued, whispering, and showing anger than would a traditionally formatted novel There are also variations made in typeface and font that give other cues to the reader I m not entirely positive this was all necessary though The plot is incredibly intense, and a first person narration might have been just as sufficient in telling this story However, it do [...]

    16. Calvin

      Monster HarperCollins Publishers, 2001, 281 pp 8.99 Walter Dean Myers ISBN 13 9780064407311 Did you ever wonder what happens after a person gets arrested 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 [...]

    17. Crisainy Valdez

      I give monster a rate of 5 stars because this book is such an amazing book I love this book because of the mystery of it It gives us clues of who murder Mr.Nesbitt In this book a young man named Steve Harmon had been put in jail because he supposably killed a man that worked in a drug store But there is a twist to this story because Steve is making documentary about his like in jail, he puts a lot of stuff like trial,when he is sleeping and much much Steve was changed 25 years to life for a cri [...]

    18. Jessica

      Meh This book was okay.The format was really weird and kind of hard to follow, but the story was okay.Would I have picked up this book without being forced to No Was I forced to read this book by my English teacher Yes.If you like books about trials over a murder crime then you ll like this book.If you like books that have a weird format, you ll also like this book Good luck trying to follow the story, though If you like books that repeat the same thing over and over again until you basically kn [...]

    19. Dylan Tsao

      I loved this book, it was fast and easy to read I loved the way how the book was written which was like a movie script and a journal This was really interesting to me as this was the first book that I have ever read in this format I highly recommend this book to someone who is looking for a quick book that they can rush through As you can tell, I started this book on the bus, read 45 pages then continued when I got home In total this book took me about 3 hrs to finish Even though the book may ap [...]

    20. Ashley

      Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a criminal book I know many people have read this book for those who haven t read it, it is about a young African American teenager who gets blamed for a crime A lesson i learned from this book is Never believe in anyone who seems to be loyal this leeson means that in any case you really think a person is loyal and is a good friend to you, and who u trust, don t happen to have much trust in them because u know know what they re like until the endad 2008

    21. Bookishrealm

      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 from the novel and I m not sure if it was the authors intention to keep everything so vague, bu [...]

    22. Jennifer Wardrip

      Reviewed by Mechele R Dillard for TeensReadTooSixteen year old Steve is on trial for murder But he s having trouble understanding why What did I do 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 140 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 structuring the book as a mo [...]

    23. Christine

      General response reaction A great book I love the way it was written in play form with side notes from Steve It made the read easier and the dialog kept it interesting The story line was great as well I was nervous for Steve during the whole book.Subjects, Themes, and Big Ideas Figuring yourself out, peer pressure, raceCharacters Steve Harmon, Kathy O brien, Sandra Petrocelli, James King, Bobo Evans, Osvaldo Cruz, Lorelle Henry, Mr and Mrs Harmon, Jerry, Jose Delgado, George Nipping, Mr NesbittP [...]

    24. Lauren Murray

      A powerful take on systematic injustice that is accessible to young adults It s plot driven than character based, which frustrated me I would like development and complexity to characters other than Steve A pretty predictable outcome, but moving journal entries from the narrator that prove trauma leaves a lasting impression on one s life.

    25. Frances

      I had seen this book on many bookshelves in many schools, but I had never been picked it up Once I started reading it, I knew it would become a part of my bookshelf Monster is thought provoking, a very quick read, approachable, relatable and compassionate My copy now has my name written on its spine It s a novel that should be shared.

    26. Lauren Waters

      I enjoyed the screenplay style of this book It helped me visualize what was taking place in the courtroom I also liked the overall plot and author s note at the start, but I wish the main character was further developed with some further insight to his intentions and decision making.

    27. Kevin Bracety

      This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book I absolutely loved this book The cover of the book had me liking it from the start Monster is written like a movie script this helps because it is less intimidating than most books that go in with detail Monster by Walter Dean Myers is truly a Mystery type of book It is about a African American teenager who gets in trouble with the law Steve Harmon is looking at Twenty five years to life in Prison Steve doesn t know what to think [...]

    28. Kathrina

      My son liked this book, mostly because he liked reading it as movie script It is a visual story and works well in this format I liked it because it is a young readers title with an unreliable narrator Most youth books don t take this risk, and it gives the reader a little trust and responsibility in figuring what is really going on Still, the story seemed simplified, both to fit the movie script format and also possibly not to overwhelm the reader This would be a good title for a young reluctan [...]

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