Monday, September 3, 2012
Review by Mo
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Monster is a story of a boy named Steve, who is charged with murder. He's a sixteen-year-old African-American. He has to go to court, where he is accused of being the look-out for the murder. If convicted, he could be condemned to a life sentence. The whole story is written in a screen play format, the way someone would write a movie, with little diary entries scattered throughout.
One thing I really enjoyed about this book was that for most of the story, I didn't know what had happened. In the beginning of the book, Steve never told the reader whether he was innocent or guilty, or what had happened the day of the murder. The suspense kept me reading, because I really wanted to know what had happened. Steve is really good at expressing himself throughout his movie, which made me like him more. He seemed really human and I didn't want him to be found guilty. I also learned more about court, lawyers and criminal law in this book. I recommend this unique story to anyone who's interested in making movies or just wants an exciting book.