Monster By Walter Dean Meyers.

The Diverse Reader Monster By Walter Dean Meyers Book Review

Title: Monster

Author: Walter Dean Meyers

Genre: Law & Crime

Published: December 14, 2004 (Reprint)

Publisher: Amistad

Total Pages: 281 pages

Topics Include: Murder, Jail, Justice System.

Amazon Synopsis: Walter Dean Myers tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial. Presented as a screenplay of Steve's own imagination, and peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can change our whole lives.

Walter Dean Meyers has won many awards and been listed on The New York Times Bestseller for his book Monster. Monster is a book that I have been wanting to read since I knew that the book existed. Monster is an unique book because it follows a first person narrative about a teen that is on trial for murder. The book had me intrigued because of the plot but I think the review will give you more insight on how the book resonated with me.

My favorite line:

“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.”

My thoughts:

Monster by Walter Dean Meyers is the first book that I have read from this well known author. When I was looking for books to consider for December I ended up learning about Monster. Monster follows Steven Harmon talking about his experiences being in jail, on trial for murder and journal entries of his time between jail and being in court. The book is written as if it is a movie and uses terminology as if Steven is the director and telling his daily experiences.

The book grabbed me with the plot and unique writing style because I usually do not read crime books and writing from a movie stand point was interesting. I enjoyed learning about the trial that Steven was involved in and I could see young adults enjoying this book as well as adults because the reader is a fly on the wall. I think that the book had a good execution of the trial experience but the book did seem to rush the ending. I wanted to have more development of Steven’s experiences toward the end of the trial and book in general. The book did seem to keep me on edge and have a surprising ending.

The only character the reader gets to know is Steven. The supporting characters such as his family, people involved in the trial and the lawyers were given a few details but the reader really only learns about Steven which makes this book more of a journal than a normal novel. The idea of ‘monster’ I understood but think it could have been developed more with why Steven was considered a monster. The camera terminology used and transitions between the experiences Steven had could have been better. But, overall, I enjoyed the book and it kept me wanting to read more. It is a quick read that will leave you enjoying a simple crime filled book.

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