by Walter Dean Myers
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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. O'BRIEN Let 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 attention. You let the jury know that you think the case is as serious as they do.... STEVE You think we're going to win? O'BRIEN (seriously) It probably depends on what you mean by "win".
Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon's innocence has come to an end. In his quest for acceptance and status, he makes the choice to hang with a tough crowd and soon finds himself among the defendants in a first-degree murder trial. The story is written as though it were a film that Steve Harmon is producing, and the action jumps from the courtroom to the streets to the jail cell to the scene of the robbery/murder and back to the courtroom again, helping the reader understand Steve's growing involvement with his new friends. It is a disturbing look at how a young man with great potential begins to make those small choices that eventually determine the course of his adult life.
Although the printed book is a great read, the audiobook really makes it come alive. It is very well done and kept my teenager's interest throughout. The characters are convincing, and young Steve Harmon's frightened voice is one the listener will not soon forget.
This book is probally the best book i've ever read and the audio presentation makes it even better!
Best book ever
BEST BOOK EVER THIS IS THE ONLY BOOK I WOULD READ OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL