Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Title: Monster

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Publisher: Amistad

Published Date: 2001

Format: Audiobook

Steve Harmon is one of those kids that wants to be something. Either like everyone else, something he’s not, or just something other than what he is. Although he is a good kid, having this desire to be something is a curse. He finds himself in a lot of trouble just by being associated with thugs. A neighborhood man is shot and murdered during a robbery. Was Steve involved? Does he deserve to be locked up? Is he a monster?

I honestly don’t think I would have enjoyed this book as much if I hadn’t been listening to it on audio. This book is written like a screenplay. Steve is an aspiring movie writer and throughout his trial, he writes everything as it happens. We also get his point of view mixed in with the screenplay. Each character is portrayed by a different acting voice in the audiobook. I felt like I was listening to a movie. Listening to the drama unfold, I kept switching back and forth as to whether I believed Steve was guilty or not. In the end, my conclusion was that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. His lawyer may have had a different opinion. I really enjoyed the format and would recommend listening to the book rather than reading it. It is only 2 CDs long. And if you are an avid audiobook-er you know that this is very short!

Happy Reading!

R

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