Book Review: Monster by Walter Dean Myers


Genre: Realistic Fiction
Ages: 13 and Up

     I'll be honest in saying, that this book was very different, and when I first began reading it I wasn't quite sure if I would like it. To start, the whole book was pretty much written in a script format, which was very unique but at times could get a little confusing. Also, there were occasionally descriptions of violent or unruly behavior that could be a bit unsettling for some readers. On the other hand, I would say that this book was very well written. It taps into topics that many would prefer not to think of. This novel also questions the very meaning of our American judicial system. Topics such as crime, murder, punishment, and mercy can frequently be seen throughout this book. Now I must admit, Monster may not be the novel of choice for everyone, but it certainly does contain some powerful truths behind it that we could all learn from.

     16-year-old Steve Harmon has always thought of himself as a good person, that is, until now. He has temporarily been placed in prison, for murder, but desperately hopes to leave. Everyday, he tries to remind himself that it's not his fault. But everyday during his trial, he also relives the moment when it all happened. Steve's greatest wish of all though, is for people to no longer view him, as a monster.

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  1. I read Monster about 10 years ago and have forgotten a bit but I do remember feeling moved by the character's plight (but also uncertain if he was responsible for the crime?!). You're making me want to pick it up again and read it. I think it could be a helpful book for some of the children I work with. I really like Walter Dean Myers! I read Fallen Angels, which is about the Vietnam War. I miss you! Keep bloggin! I have a book suggestion for you, Soup Chef: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt. He is one of my favorite authors. Let me know if you get to read it.

    1. I definitely recommend reading it again. It's a really powerful novel, with a lot of truth to it as well. I will most certainly add Buckminster Boy to my list. Thank you! :)