Monster (German Edition)

By walter-dean-myers

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kompot
Walter Dean Myers did a great job in writing "Monster". The screenplay and journal format of the story is a unique style. It helps the flow of the story. The characters were well developed by the way Myers made them speak and sound. He also depicted 16 year old Steve Harmon's life by going from reality to flashbacks during the time he was in jail. The story shows a prisoner's point of view of jail and perspective of life after jail. This is a book worth reading and is a great book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
haifa
"What did I do? What did I do? Anybody can walk into a drugstore and look around. Is that what I'm on trial for? I didn't do nothing! I didn't fight with Mr. Nesbitt. I didn't take any money from him." So says Steve Harmon, on trial for felony murder along with his "friend", James King. You learn about the evidence through a screenplay format which is refreshingly different and effective. The story moves quickly and is easily finished in a couple of hours. You won't want to put it down because you will have to know the ending and when you do, will you agree with the verdict? Young readers would really enjoy this because they could relate to the myriad of emotions that plagued Steven and it gives a realistic look into what goes on behind the scenes of a trial. I recommend this book highly.
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rob ardern
I was left terribly unsatisfied by this novel. It's won a handful of awards, so I was expecting to be wowed. But I felt very lukewarm toward the storyline throughout the entire book. I just didn't *care* about any of it. I was *really* intrigued by the story being told in the form of a movie, but I ended up not liking it.

Not something I'd recommend to anyone. :(
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vartika
I think that the novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a well-written piece of literature. The plot of a young black, boy, from Harlem on trial for murder even if he didn't commit the crime is totally believable. Myers writes the novel in a way that the reader gets all of the information that they need.

In the novel Myers writes in the first person and third person limited. The way the novel jumps from point of view is very effective and it is not confusing at all. This way the reader gets all of the facts so they can make their own opinions of the characters. If it was all one point of view then our information would be biased. The point of view of the book also helps with the pacing. The pacing is consistent and not at all too slow. It leaves you on the edge of your seat awaiting the outcome until the very end.

This novel is set in Harlem, New York. The characters are real and not stereotyped. The main character Steve Harmon easily could have been stereotyped but Myers lets you know about Steve and his character, life, and personality. Myers also doesn't just give you all of Steve's history in one chunk. He gives it to us in small manageable pieces. Also because of the setting the characters are going to speak with an accent. However, Myers doesn't make the dialogue too hard so the reader can't understand it. He makes it believable because each character has a different way of talking like people do in real life. For example O'Brien speaks with more authority than say Bobo Evans. You can tell that she's educated by the way that she speaks.
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katherine howell
I really enjoyed the book Monster by Walter Dean Myers. It was a very interesting book. This book is about a young man named Steve Harmon. He is a African-American boy abot 16 who gets mixed into some trouble. Harmon writes what happens and about his court case, bit it is written in the form of a movie.
This book is very interesting and I really would recommend this book. It doesn't even really matter what kind of books you like. I can almost guarentee you will enjoy this one!.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
sherry
Montser, by Walter Dean Myers, follows young Steve Harmon through his trial at court as he is being convicted of helping to rob a store and kill a man. Steve lives up in Harlem, New York and the conditions of Harlem are tough ones to live through. The reader gets a sense of struggle as they read what Steve has been through in his neighborhood and as he is in court in New York. Myers captivates that feelings of what this 16 year old is going through and the reader is able to feel what it is like to be convicted of a crime. Monster is written so that the reader feels as if they are on the jury but, the reader also sees Steve's journal and really gets to know what is going through his head during the trial.

The story moves at a pace where you aren't going too fast but, you also aren't going to slow. A lot of the time, the reader can't wait to find out what is going to happen next to Steve. Myers leaves just enough suspension that the reader is always hooked.

Myers brings fictional characters to life in Monster. The characters that he has created seem to be real and they act as anyone would under the given conditions. They speak like the average American living in Harlem at the time and their actions reflect those of people who were struggling to stay alive in Harlem at the time.

Monster by Walter Dean Myers was written well and I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading screenplays (as most of the book is written as a screenplay.) I give this book 3 stars because it was a good book that held my attention.
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felicity goodrich
Steve Harmon is a good kid growing up in a rough neighborhood. He does well at school and seems to be going in the right direction to have a successful life. A bad decision may cost him everything for which he has worked. This book describes how that choice could send Steve to prison for 25 years. The story provides a good lesson about the choices young people make. Is Steve really guilty of the crime he has been accused of? Did it happen the way his "so-called" friends that are testifying against him say it did or are they lying to cover for themselves? The story is told through Steve's eyes as a movie script, a way that is new to this reader. He tells of the days before he is incarcerated, his time spent in jail and his trial. The reader gets a very heart felt look into this young man's heart throughout the story and the ending is VERY thought provoking. This is a must read for all young people especially boys.
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jennifer frigge
I think this book was really awesome thats why i gave it four stars.This book is about a boy named steve harmon, who is a 16 year old african american on trial for murder with two other guys bobo and king.it all started when they robbed a neighborhood drugstore.They killed manager.Find out the exciting conclusion.the story is important because it teaches you a lesson about how you can be blaimed for something that you didn't do.I liked the book because it was a dramatic thriller.
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apryll
I think this book is a great book! It's the best I've read in a long time. It focuses on the struggles and hardships some people have to grow up with.Steve did nothing at all but walk out of a store and because he's a black man in Harlem got tried for murder. The prosecutors used his own neighborhood against him in his trial. They used the people who grew up with against him. Like it's his fault he was born in the hood.
He was just another kid until one day the cops came to his door and arrested him for a felony charge of murder. He then at 16 YEARS OLD had to go to prison and see thing that no 16 year old needs to see. He learned about how bad it could really be if he chose the wrong path. He saw gang fights, fights with guards and even gang rapes while in prison. I think something like that would continue to affect you for the rest of your life. Even if he was found innocent and the charges were dropped, how could he ever forget some of the things he had seen?
How would his family take it? Im sure people would look at you alot different after a thing like that.I think in a way it could help you though also. If he was messing up Im sure this scared him straight, or at least you would know that you always have it better than someone. Never take wht you got for granted, because you will notice it when it's gone.
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lars hyljes
This book took me by surprise. I knew it was going to be good because of the number of awards it had on the cover, but I did not expect it to be this good. With the first sentence read, I could not put the book down.

Monster tells the story in the eyes of Steve Harmon. He is an amateur film-maker and writes everything that happened in the trial in the form of a movie script. It really gives me a picture of what's happening. I felt like I was physically in the courtroom, anticipating the verdict from the jury. I was also brought into Steve's mind that showed what he thought about the trial and how he felt in prison. It was so well-written that I could feel what he was feeling as I read the book. When he was sad, I was sad. When he was angry, I was angry.

Also, the creativity in presenting the story contributed in making this book a page-turner. With the movie script of the trial, the journal entries in prison, and flashbacks of events leading to the scene of the crime kept the book entertaining and suspensful.

For those of you who are looking for a good book, I highly suggest to get Monster. I hope it effects you in the way that it has effected me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tim ellison
Monster is such a unique, good book its hard to put down.It makes you realize that somthing like what happend to Steve Harmon the main character can happen to anybody.This book will make you realize how good you have it compared to some other people who made the wrong choices or were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also it can be realated to in many peculiar ways. It taught me a good lesson and it can probably teach its reader one too. There is really no other book like it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kim rudwall
When I first saw this novel in the bookstore, I was instantly drawn in by the title and the images on the cover. Sure, that's not the best thing to notice about any book, but it was what caught my attention, and I'm sure that was what Myers had intended. In any case, I looked it over, read the back, and decided I wasn't interested in it, and so back on the shelf it went.

However it popped up once again while I was taking my current Virtual Highschool class, which required us to read it. So, I did. The first thing I noticed was the way it was written, or more really, the point of view from which it was written. I did not like it in the least. The whole 'script' method doesn't work well for me. I enjoy seeing into characters' minds, but Monster simply skims the surface of them. The only character we really get a feeling for is Steve Harmon, and those parts are inconsistent and brief.

It's not to say that I didn't enjoy the book! It kept my attention throughout the entire thing with a good plot, interesting characters and the perfect pace. I was pleased with the ending and how Myers concluded it all. So really my only problem with it is the script writing style; besides that it was a wonderful book that I recommend to anyone.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
zofia
Many readers think that Monster is a non-fiction book because of its real life interpretation of the trails and tribulations which many young men, such as Steve Harmon go through. Monster is a great read for the simple reason of that it captures the reader's attention from the very beginning.
The author keeps the reader busy with many different and diverse characters to keep track of. Monster is written in script form which makes it a fast pace, easy to read book. The author also made the book seem real by using an overwhelming about of emotion and drama.
Steve Harmon is a 16 year old black male who lives in a bad area in New York City. He was accused of playing a role in a felony murder, and is facing -life if he is convicted. In the court room, one of the prosecutors called Steve a "monster". This crushed Steve and after a while of being in jail he begins to wonder if the prosecutor was right. Steve wants to believe that he is a decent person but being in jail and being around all of the other inmates makes him wonder if he is any different than them. Steve's lawyer Ms. O'Brien becomes not only his only hope in getting his life back, but a friend as well. O'Brien spends quality time with Steve and tries to understand him on a personal level.
The setting in the book for the most part is in the court room and Steve's cell. There are several flash backs of events in Steve's past which help the reader understand further of what has happened. The author guides the reader through graphic events that Steve goes through while in jail.
As Steve's case proceeds, he and Ms. O'Brien realize that they may be on the way to losing the case. Steve's hopes are practically dwindled down to nothing when many of the other witness's testify. King is the person that is being tried for the actual murder. He is Steve's biggest worry because he and Steve know each other and King tells this to the jury. Steve must put all of his trust and faith in his lawyer, but will it pay off?
One drawback of Monster is that there are many characters to keep track of and it becomes easy to lose track. A reader does not want to be distracted by all of the characters to remember. However this is a minimal drawback because in almost every other aspect of the book, the author did an excellent job.
Through Steve's struggle throughout the book, he realizes how much things meant to him. For example he realizes how important his brother is to him. He says that all he wanted is to tell his brother he loves him. He also learns how to trust and have faith. Not only did he learn all of these things, but he learned more about himself.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
farrah
Guilty or Innocent? Imagine having to spend the rest of his life in jail. But for what you ask. Maybe it was something as simple as trying to fit in, trying to prove that you are tougher or stronger then someone else. Or, maybe your getting accused or murdering an important person in someone's community. Or maybe you're getting accused of robbery. Or maybe it's both. In Walter Dean Myers' Monster, this is just what happens to Steve Harmon in this fast moving novel, which is actually written like a movie script.
The court room is filled with drama, and so is Steve's life, and because Steve is made out to be a "real character" our lives to, seems to be filled with drama. We go through Steve's struggles with him, and we want him to be proven innocent, as much as he wants to be proven innocent. But really, do we want to know who he truly is? Do we want to know if Steve is truly a monster? This story is filled with so much suspense and as the reader, we just want to keep the pages flipping. The reader finds about Steve's struggles with his family, and learns about his fears in jail. The reader also learns the truth about Steve's past, from insight directly to his past, and through that we learn that and the crime that he really committed. We watch the relationship between Steve and his Father as it disintegrates into nothing, and we relate to Steve as he gets ripped apart. We relate to Steve's fears of being in jail, of being alone, and of being hurt, and we as the reader feel hurt also. Steve is such a real person, it makes him so easy to relate to, and want to relate to.
The way that Myers wrote this book really makes the reader feel for Steve as he searches within himself to try to prove to himself that he is not a monster, even though he is presented as one so many times through the novel. The story line builds with no definite answers to weather or not Steven is a monster, or weather or not he is guilty. This story is chock-full of emotions that readers will, once again find the book hard to put down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chantie
The writing style of Walter Dean Myers is a complex, yet easily understandable combination of journal and screenplay. And the story is grasping as you dive into the mind of a wrongfully accused sixteen-year-old boy. It causes drastic emotional changes in the reader as Steve Harmon jumps back and forth between reality and his flashbacks of before he was put on trial for murder. Was Steve really in the wrong place at the wronge time, or is there a much deeper plot line?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
evelynf
Steve Harmon was suppposed to be the lookout in the store robbery, but things didn't go as planned and now the store owner is dead and Steve Harmon finds himself on trial for murder. As things spin out of control quickly for 16 year old Harmon, he begins writing a screen play of the events he is the center of in an attempt to distance himself from reality and examine himself more deeply. Steve has always been a "good kid". Suddenly, one poor choice and the association with neighborhood thugs, and Harmon is no longer sure what kind of kid he is-neither is his family.
This thought provoking book by Walter-Dean Myers is riveting. Myers' use of font and text style to change between journal entries (Steve's feelings) and screen play (the actual events) is a masterful way to look into the heart and soul of Harmon. The reader is forced to examine peer pressure, the integrity of the company we keep, degrees of guilt, and the impact of our decisions. By the time the novel ends, the reader feels as if they have been through the whole trial with Harmon. I highly recommend this book for use in a high-school setting and feel it could spawn discussion on many important issues.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lisa rzepka
I do believe in the saying, " Don't judge a book by it's cover." But when it comes to The Monster that is not an issue, the bright red color of the cover can attract anyone at any bookstore. The drastic colors urge you to open the book and once you start reading it, you can't wait to find out what really happend in the murder. Just from looking at the cover you can see that htis isn't just any fairy tale story. It is a story that any teenager can relate to in some way, and it tells the truth about the world outside our comfy neighborhood.
Steve, the main character, isn't your average teenage boy that you would find working at a bakery store after schoool. He is more the kind who would steel from a bakery. But underneath that dark skin, he isn't as mean as he may look. Once you find out what he really is like, he becomes a very likeable character tha seems llike the kind of guy you once might have been friends with. You even start to trust him through out the book. But even though the reader trusts him it doesn't mean that his friends, his mom, or his dad trust him.
It is a book that opens up your eyes to look at who people are under the skin. The story reels you in and you just never want to stop flipping those pages. So who really murdered that man? It couldn't be Steve...could it?
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jaunice
Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, is a detail-ridden novel about high crime in low places. Steve Harmon, 16 years old and black, is put on trial for being an accomplice to felony murder. Steve is the only character that develops and changes as the trial proceeds. All of the other characters are predictable gangsters; you know what's coming out of their mouths before they even say it. This adds to the crime-show-element of the novel, which greatly helps you in picturing the courtroom scenes: though there is no description, you can hear the ominous Law and Order scene-change chords being struck; you can imagine the camera shaking artfully, the oppressed Puerto Ricans shaking their hands madly within cuffs.

However, the scenes inside the prison unfold well enough by themselves. Not unusual but still intriguing are the in-prison scenes. Pending the trial, Steve is kept in a New York City males' detention center; and he writes about his harrowing experiences there. These are basically what kept me going with the novel--if you aren't into meticulously written, you-have-to-pay-attention-to-every-detail-to-get-this books, or if you're not keen on New York City prisoner banter, Myers' Monster isn't something you should pick up for a fun and casual skim-through. You will easily get lost with the abundance of names being thrown around, the flashbacks, and the changing of scenes.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
christian clifford
I found that the story was too fast paced for something as dramatic as a 16 year old boy on trial for murder. The settings changed too quickly at the beginning, and I found the plot kind of confusing. The plot though, was believable and realistic, and there was very little profanity, if any. The language was not coated with heavy accents, the closest it got was gangsta talk. The point of view was from Steve Harmon, and there was a fair share of the plot jumping around. The characters were very real, and you could really picture it in your mind. Sadly, I could not say this for much of this book.

I would really recamend reading Eragon, and the Harry Potter series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
george heller
Imagine yourself in a court room accused of a Felony Murder and the worst part is you didn't do it!This is what happened to a 16 year old named Steve Harmon.He is the main character of the book. The main people thought to be participants in the robbery were Steve Harmon, James king, Osvaldo, and Richard "Bobo" Evans. King, Bobo and Osvaldo planned to rob a store. King told Bobo that Steve was the look out, but evidently Steve didn't want to be. Before the the robbery Steve walked out of the store and didn't say anything to them, so they went in to the store, thinking that everything was clear. They started arguing with Mr. Nesbitt and then told him to give them the money in the register. Then Mr. Nesbitt pulled out a gun on King. King took it from him and shot him. They took the money and some cigarettes. When they got caught they ratted on Steve to get an easier sentence. Steve's lawyer was a woman refered to as Miss O'Brien, Kings lawyer was a person named Briggs, and the people's prosecutor was a person named Petrocelli. The three lawyers continue to battle over who is innocent for a long period. Then Steve spends another night in prison. He mainly thinks about the crime and how he is innocent. The night before the trial, Steve can't sleep, waiting for the next day to come. He thinks about the decisions that he has made. The next day Steve waits for the jury's verdict. The jury finds Steve Harmon.... This book is a pretty good book. It's kind of hard to keep up with, but it's is still a good book. I recommend you read it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
luis
A readers first thought of the book "Monster," would be that the book might be a bit boring and slow. They will soon come to realize that there is actually a lot more to it. It is a story of trust, suspense, and friendship.
Steve Harmon, a young teenager, is on trial for murder, and looking at 25 years to life in prison. Steve swears to everyone that he did nothing wrong and has been set up, but he is having some trouble convincing the jury it wasn't him. Back in the cell, some inmates are telling Steve that most trials like his are never won. This worries Steve, and he is afraid of what is going to happen.
Before the murder took place Steve had been hanging around some pretty bad guys. Two men were James King and Bobo Evans, who were much older than Steve, being in their low twenties. The two young men had been planning a robbery. Osvaldo Cruz, a young boy of 14 or 15 years old, who was also an active member of a gang who called themselves the "Diablos," was also going to take part in the robbery. Steve had no part in any of this, but sure enough, he was accused of being involved.
Evans and King casually walked into the store they were going to rob. They claim they knew that it was all clear after getting a sign from Steve. There was a struggle with the store owner, a gun was pulled and the owner was shot. Evans and King took what they wanted and left as if killing just came as natural to them as tying their shoes.
This murder triggers a long, long complicated trial. Steve was in jail for being accused of helping with the robbery, and being involved with the murder. He doesn't know if or when he is getting out. Throughout the story, Steve learns things, he learns to be persistent, and he learns to be honest. In the end, Steve came out a much better person.
An opinion on this novel would be that it is a fairly good book if you are looking for a fast read. It had a certain style in the writing that made you feel like you knew the characters, or could at least relate to them in some way.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
robin benson
Monster is an excellent book about a 16-year old boy that is from New York City and is on trial for the murder of Mr. Nesbitt, a convenience store owner. His real name is Steve Harmon, but the prosecutor called him "Monster," because of what he did. He somehow got involved with the wrong crowd and got himself into trouble. In his spare time, he takes film classes, wanting to make a movie on his life.
This book makes you feel as though you are actually a part of the case. I enjoyed it because of how the book was written in a movie script form, including all the different shots and angles. Myers does a wonderful job of showing the true feelings of an inmate and what goes on in prisons. The only thing that I would rant about this book is that for some younger teens, the court dialect could be at times hard to understand when the lawyers are mentioning different laws and things. Overall, this book is excellent. Myers does a fabulous job of writing this book, and definitely knows what he is talking about. This book is a great read for anyone, but I would say it is geared towards mostly teens and young adults. This book was excellent, and just about every spare second I had to read, this was what I chose (amazingly enough, not Seventeen). I highly recommend Monster for anyone!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ahana
Walter Dean Myers story of a young man who's freedom and reputation hangs in the balance over the word of criminals. The story MONSTER, starts out with an excerpt from the main characters journal. The main character is a very talented 16 year old African-American boy from the streets of Harlem, New York. His name is Steve Harmon. Steve was put on trial for being part of a crime that got a man killed. He says he didn't have anything to do with it but does anyone believe him. Explore the U.S. justice system through the eyes of one of its subjects. The reviewer suggests that everyone read a gripping tale of one youth's troubles of trying to prove his innocence, because even in this great country of ours, there are those that get tossed aside and we don't even pay attention to their pain and suffering.
Steve is a 16 year old African-American that was arrested for a crime that he claims that he had no part in or any knowledge of happening. All of Steve's hopes and dreams came to an abrupt halt that fateful December day the cops took him down to the police precinct and accused him of aiding in the murder of a man that was innocent, just for some money. The people that committed the actual crime said that he was the one that helped them so they told the cops it was he. Steve's few journal entries throughout the story portray the normal life style that a federal prisoner go through each and every day. Steve still clings to the hope that he will get out of this okay with the aide of his parents and his very culpable defense attorney, Ms. O'Brien. Even she has her doubts about Steve's innocence. Steve is also up against a very determined prosecutor, Ms. Petrocelli.
All people that read this novel will agree with this reviewer that this is a very exciting story that plunges into the depths of the United States justice system. The reader must come to their own conclusions if the end justifies the means. Read this novel, and find out the answer to that question.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scott davis
This is a book about a yong teenager. Steve Harmon. Steve was being accused of taking apart of a store robbery. Steve Harmon was in the wrong place at the wrong time. On a early morning he got up and walked over to a drug store, on his way he seen two guys that he sometimes sees around the nieghborhood.He walked into the store to by some mints as he looked over he seen those two guys walk into the store and rob it. In the store at the time was a lady in the back, Steve Harmon and the two guys robbing the store. The robbery went bad and the store owner ended up being shot and killed. They got arrested, all three of them including Steve Harmon. A week later they appeared in court in front of a judge and jury {jury rulling the case} the three of the guys told there side of the storys. Steve Harmon told the jury he was not guilty and that he had nothing to do with the robbery. Bobo one of the other two guys pleaded guilty and the other guy pleaded not guilty. Bobo explained that his friend and Steve Harmon were both in on it. Bobo told the jury that Steve was the look out. At the end of these cases Bobo and his friend were both guilty and sentence to prison, Steve Harmon was found not guilty and was released. This book I thought decerved 5 stars and is great for teenagers 12 and older. Monster is great for teenagers because it shows what kids have to go through everyday. This story was based on a movie playing through Steve Harmon's mind.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kevin dawe
This book is about a 16-year-old boy named Steve Harmon on trial for helping a robbery that ended in a murder. The whole book is based on him writing a movie and telling about jail. Its really quick of a read if you need to read a book fast. Overall its a well written book, but it gets kind of boring. Bu it was amazing how fast i read this book for school. I would only recommend the book if you need to read something fast but besides that there is no point to read it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
laura perelman
An emotionally complex and engrossing tale, Monster takes us into the world of the criminal justic system through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon, a high school student with a passion for filmmaking. Steve is on trial for felony murder, a charge that, if proven, carries the penalty of life in prison or death. It is, as his lawyer tells him, "as serious as it gets." Steve is accused of being a lookout for a drugstore robbery that left the store's owner dead. As the novel opens, Steve writes from his cell in the detention center and captures the terror of being in prision. It is not about bars and being locked up, he tells us, "it is about being alone when you are not really alone and about being scared all the time." Myers makes it clear that Steve is not a hardened juvenile delinquent, but rather an educated, artistic teenage who has landed in a horrific situation.
His trial is to begin the next day and Steve decides to record it in the form of a screenplay. Turning his experience into a movie, he hopes, will help him make sense of his situation and stem his overwhelming anxiety. The novel is written largely as this screenplay - a verbatim account of the legal proceedings - punctuated with Steve's journal entries, in which he gives voice to his inner turmoil. The dual literary structure provides interest while keeping readers focused on the trial, the all consuming event that will determine whether Steve has a future or not.
Myers writes with the authority of one who has witnessed actual trials, not just those dramatized on TV or film. In Steve's screenplay, the lawyer's questions and the witness responses, as well as the cynical guards and bored judge, sound true to life. His screenplay includes interjected scenes relating to the case, such as the television newscast of the robbery and his arrest at home by New York City detectives. As the trial unfolds we learn that, whether or not he is guilty of murder, he is certainly guilty of associating with unsavory characters. Desiring to be "player" in his neighborhood, Steve apparently befriended a gang member and a felon.
The novel's central question is whether Steve participated in the robbery and Myers provides no easy answers. This is not a novel of transformation or redemption; it is a brutally hard coming of age tale. Steve is plunged into the process of defining himself as he listens to the prosecutor accuse him of "walking a moral tightrope" and dismissing lawyer's efforts to distance him from the other men on trial. The choices he has made carry immense consequences and Myers never lets up on the severity of Steve's situation. Readers will likely finish this well-crafted novel in one sitting; the pace is brisk and the tension runs high. Leaving readers with many unanswered questions, Monster challenges its young audience to define what ir more and what is not. Recommended for high school reading.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hayley eoff
"Monster" by Walter Dean Myers, is a book that goes into the heart of a teenager charged with felony murder, for something he claims he did not do. The book is set in Harlem, NY and it's content is that of a urban, diverse and ghetto inspired dialogue. It tells the story of Steve Harmon, teenager charged w/ felony murder, through a very interesting yet attention grabbing way, through a trial setting. This technique, although hard to acquaint yourself with at first, is the perfect way to tell such a story. This is because by telling the story through a trial setting the reader can really get a feel for whether or not they believe Steve Harmon is guilty or not.
The story is fast paced and attention grabbing without really having any lagging parts to it, which is a definite plus for someone who loses interests quickly in books. I think the reading level was not that challenging but it was not to the point where an adult would think it as a childish read. I enjoyed this book very much for all the twists and turns and for the exquisite use of flashbacks and characters. The characters of this book really go to make the story. Without them, the book would not be so attention grabbing and definitely not as interesting.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dan el sveinsson
The book Moster was an easy book to read. It was easierb to visualize what was happening in the book because it wasn written in a movie script formation. The book is about a trial on someone who was wrongfully accused for being in a trial. The person who was wrongfully accused (Steve Harvy) was the one writing the movie script and also keeps a notebook of how his lifetime was in jail. Steve wtote the book in a movie script because it felt like it wasn't his life that was so horrible that he was writing about. The trial is about when these guys named BoBo Evans and James King planned a "getover" to rob a drugstore. When they talked about the getover with Steve, they thought he was in with them. His part of the getover is to be a lookout (to check if anyone was in there). WHen BoBo and KIng were robbing the store's money the drungstore owner was murdered by King. The whole trial had a lot of witnesses that claimed they saw Steve at the store but Steve said he was no where near the store at that time. You'll never know the story because it won't tell you the straight story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
janey
I had the pleasure of reading this book for my literature class for the past couple of weeks. The plot was believable because there are so many situations where the innocent are punished for the crimes of others. Steve is a young boy who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
During the trial you have a chance to get into his head. He is just a scared little boy who was forced to grow up because he knew someone involved in a crime. His lawyer doesn't believe that he is innocent but she tries the case as if she does. It's amazing what people will do to win.
The irony of his xwhole situation is that had he dnot been standing trial for felony murder, she would never have been allowed into the prison. The novel is written as a screenplay with little journal entries added along the way. It does a great job of placing you right in the middle of the court room. You feel what Steve feels throughout the entire story. His fear of being convicted and spending the rest of his life in prison is very real.
The pain that his parents experience when the have to visit their sixteen year old son in jail is something that I would not wish on my worst enemy. Monster is a scary look at a very real problem in our justice system. Sometime people fall through the cracks.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dian hartati
Walter Dean Myers' book Monster is a virtual roller coaster that keeps you guessing till the end. It spins you around, changing your opinion of Steve with every turn. Myers leads you through a maze of twists and turns on the way to finding out if Steve was connected to the robbery of a Harlem drugstore, which left a man dead. While in jail for the crime, Steve sits alone waiting for his trail. Steve writes down his experiences as a script for a movie. In the book, Myers tries to distinguish Steve from the crime by changing his writing style from a movie script (crime) to journal form (Steve). It has exiting courtroom scenes and views into the life of a kid facing life in prison. It is a must read that only comes around once.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
julia bowden hall
The novel "Monster" written by Walter Dean Myers deals with a 16 year old black boy named Steve Harmon, who is a defendant in a trial. He is indirectly involved in a murder of a drugstoreowner after a robbery. In the book there are two different kinds of writing types. On the on hand there is a script, the acting during the trial. It is emotionless and without deeper feelings. On the other hand there is a handwritten diary of Steve. In these parts he describes the situation and his feelings in jail. But not only his feelings, also the feelings of his family are presented in a dramatically way. When Steve describes the plot, you can imagine the situation in your mind very good.
In my opinion there is a high standard of reality in the story. The methods of the defendence and the prosecuting attorney are presented detaildly.
The tension all over the book is on a high level, because the reader doesn't know the ending of the trial, the judgement. There is the "big" question all over the story if Steve is guilty or not. After the judgement you can also ask if Steve is guilty. Two of the main characters are the defendents Steve and King. King is the antagourist with his criminality and his appearance in front of the jury. Is Steve the protagourist? There is no direct answer. He wants to show the jury that he is not guilty, but it is not really clear, because in front the stand he lies that he was not in the drugstore at the 22nd of December, the day of the robbery.
On the one hand it is interesting that the reader gets to know a lot of different characters on the witness stand, but sometimes it can be a little bit boring when the prosecutor Ms. Petrocelli asks many questions to a witness.
The level of speech is not very high, which means you can read the book easily. Funny is the colloquial language, for example "sit on john pants down".
At the end of the novel there is a epilogue. I think the epilogue is necessary to know what happened after the trial. It is interesting to look into the future, how Steve's life is changed after the hard time in jail.
When you want to know something about the situation in a jail in New York or the situation in a trial in the USA this book is a nice document of this things and it will be reward to read the novel "Monster".
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
erin condran
this book writhen by walter dean myers named monster.it's about a kid that is in jail becuse there was a crime commited and he aws present at the time,it was murder and he was blamed for being there when it happen. he spenting all his time in jail for something he did not do. his name is steve harmon becuase of what he sopposly commited. the judge declares him being a monster so his lawer tries to help him get out of jail. you want to kno more read the book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sumara
The book Monster is an interesting book that mostly young people should read. This is a very good book and a book that I would recommend for others to read. I liked the way this book talks about some of the things that are happening now a days with young, middle and old age people. This book talks about many things but especially about frienship. The book monster made me feel sorry at times for Steve who was being accused of participating in a robbery where a man was murdered. I felt sorry for Steve because it talked about how the guys he hanged around with lied and made up things just to save themselves and not caring that Steve might have been sentenced for a death penalty if found guilty. I pretty much enjoyed the way it maid me feel like if I was present in the court were Steve was being trialed. This book can make you think about the people surrounding you and to wonder if they are really your friends.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
michael mcdaniel
Steve Harmon is a sixteen year old black teen on trial for murder in the state of New York. Steve is supposedly an accopmplice in the murder of a store owner. but as the story unfold Stev seems to be less and less involved in the murder. as the book goes on the trial is much too mild mannerd to be a beiveable trial for murder. also the small amonts of time devoted to describing steves life in prison represented in thhis story are hard to believe and border on being stupid. but overall Monster by Walter Dean Myers ia an average read for teens.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
grace mullen
This is a book about a teenager named Steve Harmon who is thin and brown skinned. As he sits in jail with his head in his hands with a suit and tie he has to put on to go to court. He has to go to court because he was in involved with a drug store robber where the owner got shot and killed. There were two other people that were involved and they were James King and Richard Evans. Richard Evans said that he was involved with the robbery but he did not shoot Mr. Nesbitt the drug store owner. He said that James king shoot him and that Steve Harmon was there inside guy. Was Steve really guilty or was James really guilty.
The genre of this book is fiction. I would recommend this book to someone that like reading trail type stories or one who like a little mystery. Or someone who like to read a movie script. Because that is how this one is written. I like how the other did that because I guess I�m one of those people that like to know before you start reading who is talking. This book will make you to not stop reading it is so good. The author did not use too many big of confusing words, and if he did he said what they meant right after. I would read other books by Walter Dean Myers.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kristi green
The style of this post-modern text is engaging and enveloping. The reader is drawn inside the mind of the young, Steve Harmon, who is portrayed mainly as a victim in a cruel world and unfair system of justice. Race is certainly an issue in the book, though it is not the central focus. For instance, while not portrayed in an entirely negative light, the professionals (i.e. lawyers, judges, prison guards) are mostly white, and they seem to treat the trial in a very nonchalant manner, as if this is just another day of work. These people, especially O'Brien, do their jobs competently, but they neglect any emotional attachment with their "work," as proven in the end when Steve turns to hug O'Brien, and she "pensively gathers her papers and moves away." The cruel, unforgiving nature of human beings is illustrated clearly through Steve's graphic descriptions of the fights and violence in prison, and it is shown in the flashbacks to different scenes on the streets. Differences of language and dialect are obvious between characters of different races. High school students with experience in a tough, urban environment could certainly relate to the events in the text, but I think the materials are too graphic to be used in any younger grades. The book also offers a unique opportunity to teach students about the writing of and creation of film.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lauren kosasa
I would highly recomend this book to anyone. The book teaches you many lessons and can teach you a great deal. You feel like you really know the characters and you get an intricate view into the like of a young teen in prison and his journey. This is a book full of emotions and would be a pleasure to anyone of all ages, and plus for kids who want an easy book to read for summer or a project this goes by like that and is a pleasure i give it 10 stars out of 5.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cherie bruce
Monster begins with Steve Harmon and a couple of his friends robbing a drug store owned by Mr.Nesbitt, during the heist Mr.Nesbitt was murdered. What Steve was to do in the robbery was before they went in, check if the spot was clear and tell the other guys, but Mr.Nesbitt pulls out a gun on the boys and ends yup gettig shot by one of the boys and dies. The characters in this story where King, Osvaldo, Bobo, Mr.Nesbitt, Mrs. O'Brien, Steve, and this and his family. The two settings in the story Monster where in the drugstore and the courtroom. Steve was convicted of being in the robbery than he went to court and prison for several months back and forth between the two places.

The reason why I liked this book was because Steve was a innocent guy but his friends where lying and said he did do the crime. I was on Steves side the whole time and thaught that Osvaldo and Bobo where idiots, they use to be friends but went agianst him and lied which isn't a very friend like thing to do. I would be so mad if that happened to me and i would want to punch them right in the face, they where only there to get money not kill some one and thats not Steves fault. Even though he shouldn't had been looking out for them, he was just in the wrong crowd of friends aqnd everyone makes mistakes.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jeremy sandlin
The book by Walter Dean Myers called monster was nice to read for a change. It was written like script for a movie which made it more challenging to visualize for some. I liked reading in the script form because I could read faster than most books. A 16 year old boy is facing life in jail for asststing in a robery that resulted in the death of the store owner. The author does a very good job of being descriptive. In the end pride outweighs good judgement.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shara lanel
Monster is a great book. It is about Steve Harmon who is on trial for murder. He is accused of being a lookout during a robbery and murder at a local drugstore. It is cool beacouse it is written like a movie script. He tells about how it is being in jail and going to court. even though its over 200 pages It will take you about 3 days to finish it because since its written like a movie script theres a lot of spaces between the sentences. Read this book.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
thatreviewplace
I read the book Monster. It''s about a 14 year old kid named Steve Harmon who is accused of attempted robbery. What really was supposed to happen was that Steve was to give the OK sign to Osvaldo Cruz and James King, and they were to go into the store and rob the owner. What they didn't know was that the owner, Mr. Nesbitt, had a shotgun to defend him and his store. James went for the gun to take it away from him and the gun went off and killed the Mr. Nesbitt. So now Steve Harmon, Osvaldo Cruz, and James King are in court to find if they're guilty or not. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens to them. I didn't really like the book because it was written like a movie script. I recommend this book to 9th graders and up because the author writes about how this kids life is turned around forever.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
summer bond
Monster is a book about a 16 year old teenager, Steve Harmon, who is convicted of felony murder. He is put in jail and has to attend trial to see if a jury finds him guilty or not guilty. While in jail he keeps a journal of his thoughts each day and writes what went on the past day and what he thinks about it. In this journal he also writes a screenplay for a movie of his time spent in jail on trial and in jail. His lawyer O'Brien tells him from the beginning that she doesn't expect to win and by win get Steve out of jail. She believes that the best sentence Steve can get is 25 to life.

As this is going on Steve wonders what is going to happen to him. He writes in his journal that they take your shoelaces away so you can't hang yourself and that he doesn't think he should be in jail because he didn't do anything. After a while though he sees that almost everybody else in jail doesn't think they should be in jail either but they are found guilty.

Steve has his own testimony near the end of the trial and answeres what he can to the best of his ability. He is asked questions like do you know these people and were you at the drugstore on this day around this time. After every testimony is heard the jury comes up with a verdict for everyone and they find Steve not guilty
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
johanna
From the title readers are trying to understand why the main character is being called a monster. As the book progresses readers find out the events that led to him being behind bars. He tells his story like a movie to cope with being in such a negative place. His movie includes the court visits to the daily angst from being locked up and his concern with his future. He does return to life beyond bars. This book was an interesting look life behind bars and the consequences of a situation that seemed innocent at the time that turned bad. I would use this book for a middle school grade and have a unit on everything involved in the book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
doug baird
Good book.I liked how the author drew me into the character's mind. I loved the book's style. Many students can use this for class performances. I would like to see this book made into a movie. The author makes you feel the character's pain and suffering. I would recommend this book to anyone. The description used makes you feel that you are a part of the action. You must understand what the abbreviations are too follow the story. The book was very suspenseful. I could not put it down. I read the book in two days. The bond between the characters was very strong. In the ending, and throughout the whole story, you could put yourself in the place of the jury. If you did not like the decision of the jury maybe you could write to the author and tell him what you thought. When reading the book I felt very scared. This is one of the reasons kids of any age shouldn't go to jail. When done I thought that it would be nice to be a lawyer and to try to save an innocent person's life from prison. The title was kind of misleading in the beginning, but near the end I understood what it meant. The weird thing about the story was that there were three lawyers instead of two. The main character was very scared and helped me realize that family is the best thing in the world. What happens in the story reminds me of bad streets in towns and that you should avoid bad places and situations. You never know if a person is a bad person just by their looks.Don't take small things in this world for granted because while in jail Sam realized that they mean alot. In closing, I definetely would read another book by this author. Travis Breese
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vladimir
I thought that Monster was an awesome book. It was written in a screen play of a movie which made it a lot of fun to read. The book is based on 16 year old Steve Harmon, and his trial. Steve is on trial for robbery of a corner store, and the murder of the store owner. Steve says that he was only the look out for the robbery, and that he never even entered the store during any time of the robbery.
In the book the author describes Steve's feeling guilty in the courtroom, and in jail. Cathy O Brian, Steve's lawyer gives him useful advice throughout the entire book that keeps him going and makes him never give up on his trial. Through the story he writes in a book that is like a movie that he was filming it in real life. The movie is about what he is going through and how you live in jail.
You got to read this book to get it. Especially at the end it gets exciting. I thought that this book was one of the best books I ever read. I recommend this book to anyone that likes drama, suspense, etc. I hope all of you read it because it's one of the best books I ever read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tiko berulava
The novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a story about Steve Harmon who black, 16 years old and on trial for murder. The story is written like a screenplay but also has narratives that show the what Steve Harmon is feeling. It is a very fast moving drama that goes from the prison to the courtroom and flashbacks of Steve's life and the plot is very believable. Throughout the story, Steve questions whether is a monster or not because he is feeling like that is how the different people in his life see him - his attorney, his parents, the jurors. He struggles with whether he is good or bad. Because even if you were the lookout are you a murderer? Sometimes in the eyes of other people you are already convicted. Steve uses his journal to give you stories about prison and to show his thoughts on his predicament and what is happening each day in the trial. The descriptions that are given of prison life make you feel like you are there with him. This experience changes his life. The dialogue and language change with the scenes and it gives you a clue what the character is like by their speech. In the end, you are left really not knowing whether he did it or not even after the verdict.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
caroline tell
Very powerful reading experience dealing with perceptions of self and others.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
fran ayre
I would have to say that MONSTER is a very well made book written by Walter Dean Meyers. I give this book two thumbs up. I liked the fact that the story was made pretty clearly and was not too hard to understand. I also liked how Walter Dean Meyers wrote the book as if a stenographer wrote it typed. Also some of this book looks as if it was handwritten and I thought that was pretty interesting. There are also a few pictures in the book of the main character in a courtroom and that made me see things better. I was really into the book when I started reading it but even more towards the middle because it got more exiting and heart pounding. As the story went on everything was pretty well detailed and I could picture everything in my head and I really felt as if I were in that courtroom. I didn't really like the fact that when one person was talking in this book all of a sudden it would change to another person and I thought that was a little difficult for me to understand because it would just completely change subjects and that is what lost me. Other than that I thought that "Monster" was a great book written by Walter Dean Meyers and I have read books written by him before and those were good too. I think I will keep reading books by this great writer.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
myles
Monster is a great book involving a young boy and his emotions in jail and during his trial. The book is told in a script format and it is a very quick read. The script format allows the reader to get a very good mental picture of the surroundings and settings of the story. Hand-written journal entries are thrown in from time to time and shows how the main character is thinking and feeling. The flashbacks in the story give the reader details leading up to the trial and to him being put into jail.

T.J. M.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
peter leinweber
This book was a fantastic book because it was talking about racism in the justice system. We have Steve as a young character about to be thrown in jail for a crime that he didn¡¦t commit. Reading this book made me realize that the justice system sometimes does not care about what happens in the court because according to all the trials they had been the same and they know what is going to happen.

Steve was put on trial because people witness him involved in a robbery at a store. It was said that he was a lookout for the robbery. It was also said that he did not give a sign to James King. James King was the one who murdered Mr. Nesbitt. Mr. Nesbitt was the owner of the store and he got shot by James King. This was why Steve was put on trial.

If I was to rate this book 1 out of 10 I would rate it a 10. I would rate it a ten because it actually got me reading the book. Because I am not really known for reading books but this book really helped my reading skills. Also how I know that it was a good book it is because it made time go by faster than normal. I really recommend this book to all students who think that they don¡¦t like to read books but if you were to read this book you would love this book.n
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dominic
The book Monster is about a 16 year old man names Steve Harmon. Steve is on trial for being involved in a local New York small store hold up that ended in a death. He is writing his experiences in a journal that he will later turn into a movie. The whole book is written as if there were several different scenes. The story is a fast reader but still keeps you interested though all of it. The characters are well thought out by the author and you can really tell who is educated and what part of the city they are from. The book also starts out a bit fast but as you read you become fascinated in the plot line. You don't start out knowing everything that you want to but that is what makes the book suspenseful.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bethany rudd
Walter Dean Myers gives his audience a story that teens can relate to, and feel like they are a part of the action. Monster keeps you on the edge of your seat, and makes you never want to set the book down. Myers leaves an impact on the reader, and keep an intense and emotional storyline. It is easy to relate the story to experiences you have had. You will experience fear, pity, and horror throughout this book, and feel as if you are in jeopardy of losing up to twenty-five years of your life in prison. The novel also makes you consider the power of peer pressure and the effect it can have on the lives of young adults. The writing is clear and easy to understand yet written in great detail. Myers stays true to human nature and goes deep inside the mind of Steve Harmon, the 16-year-old black male on trial. The book makes you consider your future choices, and gives you an appreciation of your own life. You will not be disappointed after reading Walter Dean Myers award winning book, Monster.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
deanie
Sixteen year old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder for a crime he says he didn't commit. Spending his time in jail, lying on his bed, writing in a notebook he discovers who he really is and that he must win the case. He must go home, escape the pain and suffering, and become the person he really is. The murder case will decide whether he will go back to his normal life or spend it in darkness.
Steve is always wondering who he is: is he the "Monster" the prosecutor says, and do his parents still see him as their son? This book is full of self conflict; Steve struggles with what really happened that day.
The text transfers between Steve's thoughts and the movie script he is writing which lets you see what's happening and what he is feeling.
This is a book of sorrow, fear, and gaining a greater appreciation for life. I would recomend this book to any middele schooler and highscooler because it is full of lessons of choice and the reality and truth of life in prison.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
bhavesh
"Monster" is usually a phrase that is used to describe something horrible, something disgusting, something evil. Should that word describe a young sixteen year old boy named Steve Harmon on trial for being a lookout in a robbery that ended up in the store clerk being killed? Should a young boy be put on trial for his life when he had no idea that the clerk was going to be killed in this stickup? These are the questions raised in Myers book.

In this book, Myers creates a picture of life in prison and shows how painful it is. Myers uses a combination of writing styles. He writes half of it as a journal and another half as the script of a movie. The way he wrote this book is not for everyone to read. There is a lot of talk about things that would not be appropriate for young children. The book is targeted mostly for the teen audience. This book shows that how many young teens in a rough city in New York can get in to so much trouble. This book has a great description of a rough life and if you want to find out what "rough" means this book will create a good picture. I recommend this book to someone that likes a lot of drama and suspense. If that is you, you won't find it hard to enjoy this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amy c
Kiara Robinson

The book Monster is a great, wonderful, and exciting book. It is about a boy name Steve Harmon and the police thought he was involved with a robbery of a convenience store that resulted in murder on December 22. He was sent to a Juvenile Detention Center and later had a trial by jury. He was sixteen years old and an African American. So they went on trial and questioned many people who they felt would give information about what happened in the case. The people they questioned were Jose, Zinzi, Bobo, Osvaldo Cruz, Lorelle Henry, James King, and Sawicki that they thought were involved in the case. The prosecutor wanted the jury to believe that Steve was the lookout of the store, Bobo and James King were the ones to actually go into the store and do the robbery but they actually shot and killed the store owner. So since they did the robbery they said Steve was the watch person because he came out of the store around the same time that Bobo and James King came in. They solved the case by having a trial go on, and the jury had their evidence and then the verdict was found...............................but you would have to read the story to find out if he was found guilty or not gulity.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
meels
Great!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
patricia burker
Monster is about a six-teen year old boy named Steve. He is telling his story behind bars. He was charged for murder and the robbery of a convenient store. It is written like a movie skript so it gives good details and is fun to read. It is inspiring because of the way he handles himself and the self controll he has to make himself use. Personally I like auto biographies so I really enjoyed it but if you don't this is not the book for you.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anittah
Monster is a really good book to read because it teaches a valuable lesson. The choices you make dictates the life you live. Steve Harmon was accused for commiting a murder he didn't do at the time of the store robbery. Steve was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Justice always prevales and that is why Steve was found innocent and James was found guilty. Sometimes you have to watch who you hang out with because the people you think are your friends are really not. I had a friend that I thought he was a true friend , but he wasn't. One time I was walking with him and he had drugs on him. Then we got stoped by a police officer and starts searching us. The police officer found the drugs and my friend blamed it on me. I got introuble for it and he was let of the hook. After that i didn't speak to him again. Steve learned a lesson after the trial. He learned that he needs to watch out who he hangs with and to stay out of trouble. It's all fun and games until something really goes down and you find your self scared and alone behind bars. This is a good book to read and I reccomend it to anybody who is interested.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
staci
This book is about a black boy who lives in Harlem.
His is 16 years old and he is on trial for felony murder.
They call him Steve Harmon.
A big part of the book takes place in a courtroom.
This book is written like a sceneplay in a movie .
The author of the story is Walter Dean Myers.
He has nohing to do with Mike Myers
from Haloween.
'Myers has a lot of informations about the plot cause he was born and he lives in this area.
In my opinion this book is a good choise if you want to know more about the ghetto, americans justice and filmmaking.
At the beginning it is a little but difficult to read but later it is easy to read.
if you began to read the book you want to read it til the end because you wanna know what will happen.
If Steve will be in jail for 25 years or the jury say he is not guilty.
After every day at court Steve show us his feelings so he can see what he think.
In this book we also can see how the life in the ghetto is and how the gangster and the wannabe ganters act.
In conclusion I wanna say - buy it !
da end
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
staugie girl
A 16-year-old African-American boy named Steven Harmon is only a lookout for a robbery; but something goes wrong. The store owner has been killed! Now Steven is on trial for murder of the store owner. However, Steven was not even in the store at the time of murder. Will Steven be found guilty?

The author, Walter Dean Myers, depicts his story in an unusual way. His entire book is written as a screenplay. Myers uses close ups, voice-overs, reaction shots and more to help readers visualize the scenes the way Myers wants them. Moreover, the flashbacks of Steven's past life show his ordinary life and the relationship between himself and his family. Between scenes, Steven's handwritten journals clearly communicate his current feelings and thoughts about his trial. In the end, the novel makes the readers concerned about the choices and decisions they make.

I personally enjoyed reading this novel. Since I am interested in movies and making films, I was fascinated with the format which the author uses for his novel. Also, I like books with suspense, which this novel has. Anyone who is interested in movies and/or suspense books would enjoy reading this astonishing novel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
susbogblog
My review of this book is first of all a five star reading book. The book "Monster" is just one of those books which immediatly catches your attention for the first page. There are two ways on reading this book. You can normally read this book, or you can put yourself in the position of the main character, Steve Harmon. Apparently, I puy myself in the main characer's polition. Which is the best way of understanding this book. In my opinion, the author's purpose of this book is to show how mixed up you can get by just hanging out with the wrong crowd, just by being around an event that really has no involvement of yourself, and first impression always counts. The way this book was written is not normal. This book was written as a journal and a script for a monvie. The main character, Steve Harmon, is some-what involved in a drugstore robbery, and is accused of helping the death of Alguinaldo Nesbitt. In this story, Steve Harmon writes the dialoge of the people in court of what they ask and respond. That is the form of a script that Steve Harmon writes it as. As well as he writes in the form of a journal of what he, himself, is going through. Such as during court, his conversations with his lawyer, father, and mother, and his expirence in jail. Therefore that is my review for the book "Monster".
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
bhanu
Monster is the story of a young teenage boy Steve Harmon, who is put on trial for the murder of a convenience store owner. Myers captures this compelling story from Harmon's point of view in an unusual way. Harmon, being the amateur film maker that he is, describes how his life is changing in a screenplay style. The screenplay format allows us to see things as they unfold around him and let us see a better picture into his life. The inserts from his personal diaries allow us to view what it is life for Steve himself, sharing with us his innermost thoughts about the trial. Steve feels trapped and uncertain of what is going to become of him, a circumstance that is relatable with young audiences. This book grasps your attention, making you want more. The witness's testimonies leave you on edge because of the uncertainty of the truth and the pure desire to want to know the truth yourself. Monster is a fast paced read, which is easily relatable with teens. Being afraid is something that everyone feels and you definitely feel sympathy for Harmon. This book allows you to decide for yourself through out the story whether or not he is guilty. Welcome to the courtroom.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
janel c
MONSTER !!! WHEN YOU READ THE TITTE YOUR SAYING IN YOUR IN YOUR HEAD ''THIS BOOK IS BORING '' . I THOUGH IT WAS ABOUT A GREEN MONSTER ATTACKING PEOPLE ,BUT I WAS WRONG.WHEN I STARTED READING IT WAS INTERESTING AND I LIKE IT.ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS.I LIKE HOW IT TOUCHES PEOPLE FEELINGSAND MAKES THEM WANT TO MORE ABOUT THE STORY. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL MY FREINDS. I WOULD LIKE TO READ MORE BOOKS BY WALTER DEAN MYERS.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lady mockingbird
I thought the book was really well written. The screenplay format made it very unique. I also enjoyed how the author finished the book, but he didn't answer all your questions. The book keeps you quessing and thinking about it long after the last page. I also thought that it showed you how the friends and decisions you make can affect you in a positive way or negative way. I would recommend this book to middle school and high school students.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sirdossantos
Innocent? Or guilty? The book Monster is a great book to read if you are interested in criminal justice books. This book was very interesting for me. In some parts it made me think, and got me excited that I wanted to keep on reading. This book was filled with action and told you detail by detail of how the person looked, acted and talked. I mean all you had to do was picture in your mind how they had described the person, and there you go, you made your own little movie in your mind. The book is kind of sort of like a trial, once you started reading it seems like you're watching a movie, or you're in a real trial.

The book Monster is about an African American 16 year old boy, Steve Harmon, and how the criminal justice system thought he was part of a crime that had killed Mr. Nesbitt. If he was found guilty he would have been put in jail 25 years to life. But his lawyer, O'Brien, saved him from his trial.

I really recommend you to read this book, it is a very interesting book to read. I mean at first the book looked and seemed boring to me. But like they say never judge a book by its cover. I would give this book 4 ½ stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heath
Wow, where do I begin, this book is amazing and very captivating. This book is about a sixteen year old named Steve Harmon on trail for being a lookout for a robbery. Steve loves film-making. This book is written in screenplay format.Throughout the trail, Steve has many flashbacks of his old life. Life outside of prison.
Steve fell into peer pressure. He wanted to seem tough like his neighborhood gang members. Throughout this book, I was totally curious. My feelings about Steve being guilty were all over the place. Although steve was proven not guilty, I still have my doubts. ;) Everyone sees this differently.
The author never truly tells what really went on December 22nd. (The day the crime was commited) It is up to you and your imagination to figure out! So read on :)
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
pamela bond contractor
Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. He is accused of being the lookout during the murder of a store owner. During the trial, Steve writes what is going on like it is a movie script, not real life. The book is mostly just how Steve's trial goes, and how he feels about the trial, filmmaking, and being in jail.
This book was not interesting. It was actually extremely boring. If you are a lawyer or a judge, or training to be those, you might like it, but it is filled with court lingo so for kids it is hard to read. I didn't understand what was going on, and there was no real plot. I thought it was a waste of my time. I only read to the end because I wanted to find out if Steve was guilty or innocent. I gave it one star because Steve's feelings are a little bit interesting, and give you some insight to his character. I would give the plot 0 stars because it was a boring waste of time.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
shaista
This book was assigned to my son going into 8th grade as a summer reading project. I started to read it because I like to stay in the loop of what my kids are being exposed to. I found it difficult to read because it was written as a movie script style format and it used terms in the film industry I was not familiar with such as CU meaning close up. I feel this detracted from the flow of the story. I also found that it was hard to keep track of the characters because when any character spoke they were only referred to with their last name and I had to keep going back to the beginning of the book to remind myself of who the characters were. If I was having a hard time reading it and I'm an avid reader, I knew my son would also struggle with it. But the thing that probably bothered me the most about this book was the scenes in the prison of beatings, gang rape and rape occurring among the prisoners. This was something I did not want to have to explain to my son just yet. So overall, I personally thought this book was inappropriate for an incoming 8th grader. I'm disappointed that the teacher had picked this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jackie lapacek
Walter Dean Myers wrote the book Monster,that I read. It is about this boy named Steve.He is conviced as a robber and murder, now he is in prison. O'Brian [Steves lawer] is helping Steves case. He has a morror over the sink that is 6 inches tall,and all the names are scrached all over the morror so you can not see your self. Steve says he is not the robber or the murderer. Will Steve stay in prison or will he get to go home?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
david wayne
Monster is about a sixteen-year-old boy named Steve Harmon that is in a Manhattan detention center. He is in there for being involved in a felony and a murder. As he goes under trial he writes his experiences through a movie script format. The way his experiences are portrayed by him really expresses the stress he is going through. The book relies on the reader's opinion to tell weather or not Steve is guilty.

This is an easy read. Although an easy read it is in a strange format. The text is written in a movie script format that does a good job of portraying the main characters emotions. This book does a good job of keeping the reader interested by making you form your own opinion on the main characters situation dealing with his innocence or guilt. Since the text is in the script format as the reader you seem to get a better sense of what is going on in the main characters head. For example when he got called monster he repeatedly wrote it out on a piece of paper and that showed a lot about how the character felt at the time.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
ossama
The book has a maincharacter whose name is Steve harmon and he is on trial because he is involved in a robbery in which a man named Mr Nesbitt died. But the problem of the story is if Steve Harmon is also guilty because he didn't kill Mr Nesbitt. James King and Richard Evans, named "Bobo" planned the robbery and they wanted Steve to give the signal if somebody went into the drugstore, where the robbery took place. Now Steve is accused of felony murder. He didn't directly kill someone, but he also didn't do anythink to stop the fight between Mr Nesbitt and James King and so he "helped" to kill someone. But it is also not directly proven that Steve was there or if he gave a signal and now the prosecutor Mrs Petrocelli wants Steve to go in jail, because in her eyes he's also guilty like the others.
In my opinion the book is in fact boring but in the end you can discuss the guilt of Steve and this makes it more interesting because the reader is also someiknd of a juror and so you have to decide on your own if Steve is guilty or innocent.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
misslerda
Monster by Walter Dean Myers is contemporary realistic fiction novel that is written in an interesting format. I enjoyed the movie script format because it was easier to visualize the action of the novel. This book is well written and gives the reader an inside perspective of a young man in jail. The reader is given access the the main character, Steve Harmon's private thoughts and feelings through his journal enteries. Although, the book does not give a full picture of Steve Harmon as a person. The reader only knows of steven during the trial and a limited amount about him before the trial, thanks to flashback episodes. I beleive that Steven is going through a search for his true identity. He is very concerned with what people see when they look at him, but he doesn't know who he really is. Steven does not know why the prosecutor called him a moster or why his own lawyer turns away from him when he tries to give her a hug. He spends some time filming himself in order to get a better perspective. Is Steven Harmon really a monster or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jon b
Monster is a story giving you a glimps of jail,a court hearing and a young mans life being held on trial for felony murder. Writen in a movie format coming as close to real life as possible this book tells you how bad being locked in a cell with hate,anger,rage,and lonelyness can actualy be or sound. I would recomend this book to others especialy people who like to read about real life activites. I would give this book 4 stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rd morgan
The content of Monster by Walter Dean Myers is excellent. Higher order thinking skills are invoked as the reader wonders, "Was Steve in the store or not?" Myers leaves it to the reader to draw their own conclusions, even after learning the verdict of the jury. And the reader also wonders, as does Steve, what did she see?
Myers does a wonderful job evoking the sensory response from the reader. The reader feels the fear and desperation as Steve lay awake at night, listening to the sounds of the prison. Panic is portrayed as Steve sits in the courtroom, listening to the testimony against him.
The one drawback of the novel is the style of writing in the form of a movie script. To most readers, the writing carries out the theme of the novel well. But to some, it may be too involved. Some struggling readers may have problems wading through the script abbreviations and cues to get to the main plot.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
romina lopez
The book "Monster" writen by Walter Dean Myers is about Steve Harmon a young black American boy who is the main character of the book.He is on trail for felony murder.Steve is accused together with James King for robbing a drugstore and killing the owner, but it is not clear if Steve had anything to do with the robbery. In the book Steve tries to find his identety. The book is written as a movie script and a dairy of Steve.The reader takes the part of the jury who decides if Steve is guilty or not, but they have more then facts.They also know about the feeling of Steve.
The book is very interesting, because it is different from other novels.It is not a fictionl story but a realistic novel which is discript.The novel is hard to read because there are lots of characters. All in all i like the book, because it shows the real life of young peopel who live in a ghetto.It is interesting to find out if Steve is guilty or not because it is not directly said in the book and so we do not know ifSreve is a good person.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
djgagne
The book Monster is not a book like others.
Its written like a film script in a view of a young Man.
His name is Steve Harmon and he is the main character of the book.
He is in a difficult situation, because he is in prison for felony murder.
But nobody knows if its true, that he killed an old man in a drugstore and stole some things.
There are other characters likle King and Bobo Evans, who are perhaps the murderer too.
Many of you will ask1, why the book is called Monster.
During the time in case, Steve is searching his own identity because many people are not believing in him, like the prosecutor.
She called Steve a Monster because she is sure that Steve is guilty.
The reason are that he is black, young and comes form the ghetto so he looks like a typical ghetto man.
In my opinion , this book is only for persons who really enjoy reading.
Children or teenager would have no fun reading this book, because there are a lot of difficult words and some parts are very boring !
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ben loory
16-year-old Steve Harmon is blamed of serving as a lookout for a robbery of a Harlem drugstore. The owner was shot and killed, and now Steve is in prison going through his trial because the part he had just for being a look out. Steve then says what happen and what role he took in the murder. Also Myers writes about the character feelings and how hard it was for him. That is why the book monster got good reviews.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dinara
This book has captured my mind. Once I began to read the story I couldn't stop reading. The book has everything a reader would like to know about the story being told. We can see the different point of views from each character. The story seems so real because the main character, Steve, write his day by day experience in jail, and the book also displays some pictures of Steve in jail. At the end of the book there is a lot of tention for King and for Steve. This book can have an affection on those people that are on the street doing robbery's, and it could teach others how could one big mistake like robbing a store could get you in a lot of trouble. I am really amazed and surprised that "Monster" is not based in a true story. I would really recommend teenagers that want to change their lives to read this book. This book really had a big impact on me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
daria
This book is about a boy named Steve Harmon who is accused for helping people rob a drugstore. The book helps people to look inside the way jail really is and from his point of view. He ends up severing time and looking at life from a different persepective. It really helps us to see how it is to be in people's shoes who are in jail for something they did or something they didn't do.

G.Zameria Motishia
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shaina
I found Monster a very exciting and thrilling book. I highly recommend this to everybody who enjoys reading. It is about a boy named Steve who is on trial for felony murder becuase he was in the store right before the store owner was killed. I found it very interesting by how Walter wrote the book as scenes in a movie. I was on the edge of my seat during the whole time I was reading the book.

Kyle
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
stacey chin
16-year-old Steve Harmon is blamed of serving as a lookout for a robbery of a Harlem drugstore. The owner was shot and killed, and now Steve is in prison going through his trial because the part he had just for being a look out. Steve then says what happen and what role he took in the murder. Also Myers writes about the character feelings and how hard it was for him. That is why the book monster got good reviews.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarah wright
Well this book was preety exciting, once you pick up on the setting changes its great. The way the author makes the story seem like a movie really made me comprehend the book alot more, it seems like everything Steve went through was like if he was in a movie and that made me be more interested in what might happen next in the story. When Steve was in his house and the police went there to supposedly ask him questions about the crime, they ended up taking him to jail and making him part of the case. This part of the story I think was very unfair to Steve because they made him think that they were just going to question him when in reality they were planning on taking him in custody to charge him with being part of the crime. This was a very exciting and unpredictable book, I really recomend everyone to read it especially teenagers and young adults because they are the ones that are put in this situation the most. I really enjoyed this book and I plan to read many more of Walter Dean Myers books in the near future.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
denae
You are responsible for your own actions. This is the awful truth that Steve Harmon, the main character in this fast-paced novel, finds out the hard way. We all make mistakes, but sometimes, mistakes can cost us a lot. But make no mistake about it, you will definitely enjoy reading this award-winning book. Although the author probably intended this for teenage boys, girls will also struggle along with the main character as he comes to grips with his seemingly innocent involvement in a crime that led to murder. This book is short and easy to read, making it perfect for your summer reading list or as part of the school curriculum for reluctant or disadvantaged readers. (I am a learning dissabilities consultant and author of BEYOND THE BUS STOP: 180 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL.)
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
vylit
Monster is mainly about a 16 year old boy named Steve. Steve is a very timid kid fighting for his innocence. This book takes place in a Manhattan Detention Center. Steves problem is that he is being falsely accused for commiting murder. Now he has to go on trial and see what happends.
This book "Monster" is basically all dialogue and no actions. There are alot of characters in this book and it is hard to keep track of them since it's written like a movie. This book has alot of realism since it was based on a true story. There really isnt alot of suspense in this novel. "Monster" drags out alot and i wouldnt recommend this book to anyone.
To the peron who wrote this book, I think he should have sold this "script" to a movie maker. This book was a waste of time to read. Thank You.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lullamae
It started out with 18 year old Steve Harmon. So called innocent and honest, but the incident proves him wrong. He went to the store to get some mints, but it ended up in a horrible tragedy. Not only him but other three guys who have nothing but fake personalities. And also has a defendant, Ms. O'Brien who has doubts about him....

So how is Steve supposed to get out of this? , When he has other three people pointing the finger at him. In this story he plays the role of a supposed "lookout" and also called by his attorney a "Monster". It's like he is hiding behind a mask that tells the truth behind that innocent face and of course, not forgetting what happened with Mr. Nesbitt, innocent guy who got killed.

This is a really good book that people from all ages should consider reading. This book never looses its interest. It keeps you glued to it that all you want to do is read more. It lets you be the judge and find out by yourself if Steve Harmon is that innocent guy whom he writes about in his journal.........
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mood17
Walter Dean Myers book Monster is about a sixteen years old black guy called Steve Harmon. He lives in Harlem and he is on trial for felony murder. King and Evans the other two guys who rob thr drugstore says that Steve was the look-out. But Steve is not guilty. At the end the jurors vote for him; Not guilty. The maincharacter is Steve Harmon. In my opinion the book caleed MONSTER is interesting because the story is real. This situation happens everyday. Some guys are arrested but they are not guilty. But sometimes the book was difficult to read because it was write in a dialog. Till the end the readers do not know if he is guilty or not guilty, so it is like a panel game. In my view it is a positive thing. Another negative thing about this book is that sometimes the author uses the slang, so the reader do not understand all. So I can conclude that it was exiting to read the book, there was also negative things but the positive things about the book predominate the negatives part.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gabrielle nowicki
Steven Harmon was only a lookout in the four-person holdup of a drugstore, but during the robbery attempt the store owner was killed. Steven wasn't even IN the store at the time of the murder. How guilty does that make Steven? Does his participation make him a MONSTER? That is the question left up to the jury in this courtroom trial. While the book in made up entirely of the trial, Myers uses mixed modes to depict the case. Steven, an aspiring filmmaker, records the trial's events as a screenplay, complete with close ups, reaction shots, and voice overs. Between scenes, we read Steven's handwritten journal about the case and see his fears of prison life and apprehensions about the proceedings in court. Mixed in are photographs of "Steven" in anguish. I found the telling of the story to be riveting and I feel it would provide terrific discussion in a classroom, perhaps 9th grade. Not only must we judge Steven's guilt, we also judge others involved and learn about the justice system in all its glory. By the time the novel ends, we feel as if we've been with Steven the whole time, and know we would never want to experience these events. It makes us consider peer pressure, the choices we make, the integrity of people, and different degrees of guilt. I enjoyed MONSTER very much and highly recommend it for personal use or with a class.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
susan macd
As a teacher, I first gave this book to one of my students. After he returned it in 2 days with his verdict ("Devastating!"), my impressions were confirmed. He found the ending so intruiging that he would not spoil it for me--and I won't either. Myers does an excellent job in telling a difficult story. The very unusual page layout is also inviting to kids who are intimidated by lots of verbage.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mitchell markowitz
Monster is a novel about a boy named Steve Harmon, in the beginning of the story you will see that Steve agrees to scope out a drugstore for a cat named King and another named Bobo Evans. Later us readers find out that King shot the man who was working at the drugstore. Steve goes on trail for Felony murder that he didn’t commit. In the book we get a look at the trial most of the time, we also get a look at Steve’s life before the murder, and a couple of glimpse’s of what is going on in the prison. Monster is truly a great read.
Monster is the fourth Myers book that I have read to this day. In the book Myers does a brilliant job of describing the characters and the situation of the novel. It is definitely one of the best suspense stories that I have ever read. I feel that Monster is a great read for teens and adults, possibly one of Walter Dean Myers best.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amparo
Well this is my second review for this book and I was very dissapointed when I did not se my first review but o well!!, I thought this book was very exciting and very good. I loved the way the author made the story seem like it was a movie, it made me understand the book alot more. I really liked this book and I think that alot of people will like it to. I thought the ending of the book was the most exciting part of all, mainly because I didnt know if they were going to say steve was guilty or innocent and when they said innocent I just took a deep breath. This story made me feel like if I was in the court room with steve step through step, and I really like that. I really recommend this book for every one to read especially teenagers and young adults because they are the ones who face these problems the most. I just wanted to say imsorry Ms.Scott but it wasnt my fault I put in the first review but it did not come out.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jackilynne82
Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a realistic fiction novel. The setting of the book was taking place in Harlem, New York. The reason why I decide to read this book was because I like Walter Dean Myers as an author. The reason why I like him is because he is a great author and a good writer. Somebody had recommended this book, telling me that it is a good book and I should read it. One day, something changes Steve's whole life. What change Steve Harmon whole life is that he is sent to jail for witnessing a crime. Steve Harmon is a 16-year-old boy accused of a felon. One day something changes Steve's his whole life. He was accused of being evolved in a murder and in a robbery. What change Steve Harmon's whole life was he being sent to jail. This changed his view on life. Would it change you?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
erik johnson
It's interesting how this book was written. This entire book isa script, a screenplay of a young man's life that is"true". It's sort of a way for Steve Harmon, the main character, to escape his current reality, to get his mind off of his troubles. The entire storyline revolves around a trial, where a robbery took place and a murder occured. Steve along with a "friend" of his are on trial, and it seems like everyone is against them. Steve is the "director" and "main character" of his own script and storyline. It's really neat how the author did certain pages. I call these pages "journal entries". These pages were made to look like journal entries written by Steve. It's interesting to see what a person being convicted of a crime will write while on trial. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading different styles or looks of stories, other than the traditional look of a book. Since the book is written as a screenplay, it reads really fast. Also, you can imagine your own pictures about the events, instead of having the author give you details. It's a good read. 5 stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrew anissi
Steve is a 16 year old boy who was with the wrong people , its one of those wrong place wrong time situation. The owner was shot and killed, and now Steve is in prison awaiting trial for murder. From there, he tells about his case and his incarceration. Steve, an amateur filmmaker, recounts his experiences in the form of a movie screenplay. I enjoyed how the story was written in the form of a play. Steve searches deep within his soul to prove to himself that he is not the "monster" the prosecutor presented him as to the jury. Ultimately, he reconnects with his humanity and regains a moral awareness that he had lost. Christopher Myers's(who was trying hard to convince Steve of murder) black-and-white drawings are less successful. Their grainy, unfocused look complements the cinematic quality of the text, but they do little to enhance the story. Monster will challenge readers with difficult questions, to which there are no definitive answers.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mylee
Monster was an intense book filled with excitement and thrill, I could not put it down. Steve Harmon's story is truly amazing and Walter Dean Myers has created a masterpiece to me. I truly felt like I was at this trial with Steve I could feel what he felt. Walter Dean Myers truly paints a picture. I recommend this book to someone who likes courtroom dramas. Something like a Law and Order show.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
matthew konkel
Monster by Walter Dean Myers Harper Collins Publishes, US, 1999 ISBN: 0-06-028077-8 US $15.95
Locked Away

Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a thrilling story of murder, betrayal, and the cold, hard, truth. Meet Steve. Steve Harmon is a boy of just sixteen who has been put on trial for felony and murder. While sitting in his holding cell, waiting for a verdict, Steve decides to make his life into a film. Weaved into his film are James King, Richard "Bobo" Evans, and Osvaldo Cruz who each have a different tale to tell. The problem is-which one should the jury believe? Should they believe King who-in every story- plays a huge part of the crime or Bobo-who has been in jail more than once before? A bigger question is, should they believe Steve- the quiet, film student who tells the jury that the participants of the crime were just his acquaintances? With the help of O'Brien-Steve's defense lawyer- and support from his mother, father, and little brother Steve will try to prove the jury he was innocent. But does he think he is innocent?
Taking place in modern day Harlem, pressure enters Steve's life as it does in most teenagers' life. The one thing that differs from other teen's is Steve's response to the pressure. Would you be as calm and collected as he was in court? While in court he continues to write in his journal and tell his story by script. But one thing continues to creep into his mind when he isn't busy writing his film: he believes he is a monster.
When Steve is on trial for felony murder he begins to take down his future in the form of screen play. He realizes as the case goes on that his life seems more and more like a movie and less like his life. While sitting in the courtroom during his numerous sessions of trial he tries to remember his life before being arrested. He remembers childhood memories involving past friends, conversations with James King, and even the day he was arrested. Beginning in the courtroom we meet Jose Degaldo- a man who worked along with Mr. Nesbitt (the man who was killed) at the drugstore. From then on we hear different stories from witnesses somehow attached to the crime by one way or another. When it is Steve's turn to speak to the jury he uses the rehearsed answers that O'Brien helped him with. But when the case comes to an end and O'Brien seems a little different Steve asks himself "What did she see?" What did O'Brien truly think of Steve? Did she believe he was innocent or guilty? But most of all what did the jury decide? To them, was he innocent or guilty? That is up for you to find out.
After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers I honestly can say that I felt the book was mediocre. Myers had a terrifyingly intense plot but not a lot to follow it. The pace of the book dragged slowly with low suspense. Myers definitely has an artistic mind to write as Steve and in the format of a screenplay. But, I felt as if Myers held back or locked away a piece of his story that could've added so much to it. He should've added more character development to main characters such as O'Brien, King, and even Steve. Myers has a unique outlook of being on trial so young but I feel he didn't allow himself to fully develop the book. Personally I would not recommend this book, but if you enjoy tales of jail and easy reading such as Life in Prison by Stanley Williams forget what I just wrote and be my guest to read this fictional tale of sixteen year old Steve Harmon.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sharon davis
MONSTER

Monster is about Steve Harmon, who was arrested for killing a clerk and stealing money and cigarettes. They accused him of doing all of that when he didn't do It. I like the ending because the jury and judge found James King guilty and sentenced him for 25 years. I don't like his lawyer because she's mean to him and she always thinks that he's going to lose the trial and get sentenced to 25 years. I like Steve Harmon because he's honest and he was innocent. I would recommend Monster because it's a good book and it's a true story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
c major
This is a very interesting book about a 16 year old boy, Steve Harmon who is being tried for murder and is facing life in prison. This story is told by Steve and is very interesting from the beginning. Steve is being accused of participating in a robbery where a drugstore owner was shot and killed. This book kept me in anticipation throughout the story, I couldn't put it down. The book always keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen next. Throughout the story Steve is being accused of committing this crime by person after person. During the story he is battling with himself. He is having doubts about his own innocense. Even his own attourney has doubts on his innocense. The only thing that he can decide on is that he does not want to spend another day in prison yet alone the rest of his life. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire story. At the beginning I had my doubts about this book, but I am glad that I read it. It was very interesting and I had no idea how it was going to end.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
barry
Steve Harmon a young, sixteen-year-old boy has ben charged with a "heavy" crime.....Murder. The book is about his struggles during the trial, in jail, and his life. He has flashbacks about what happen and how this could have affected his future. There are many witnesses and the Prosecuter has much evidence against Steve. There are many people involved and much detail. It makes a really good play.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
stuart
The book "Monster" written by Walter Dean Myers is about the sixteen years old Steve Harmon who is on trial for murder. He is accused of being involved in a robbery in which a person has been killed. The prosecution who calls Steve monster says that he was the look out. But the question is: Does he really check the store? The author Myers has used two different types of represrentation, the film script and the diary entries. So the reader understand Steve especially his feelings as well as the jury. Myers tries to show the readers that the jurors had to pass a tough decision. And maybe they pass a wrong judgment. On the one hand was the book alittle bit boring because in the film script was no suspense but on the other hand I liked the diary entries so I got to know the character of Seve better. Iliked also that the reader think about the decision of the jurors and try to decide on their own about Steve's guilt or innocence.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brian mcvety
The book MONSTER written by Walter Dean Myers is an interesting story. The protagonist Steve Harmon gets in prison without doing anything. During the trial many people who were involved in the murderer testimonied against him and confirmed that he was in the drugstore at the day of the robbery. During the process he even says to be innocent. At the end the jury found him not guilty.
I found the book very interesting and easy to read. At the beginning it was a bit hard because it is written in a strange way. It is like you are looking a film, because of the camera moves. But then I got used to this stile of writing. What I liked very much is that Steves feelings are written in a diary. The plot is described very well and I found it nice to read it because I could imagine the scene in my head during I was reading the book. What I did not like was that the lingo was a bit complicatet. All in all I would recommend this book to everyone!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nicole
Monster was really good. Although it took me only two days to read, because of the movie-type style of the book, its one of my favorites.
Steve is on trial for being a part of a felony murder. The story goes back and forth between the court room stuff, written like a movie, and Steve's comments, on how much he hates prison. Monster kept me reading the whole time, I'm still suprised I didn't finish it in a day.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
paul romano
16 year old Steve Harmon was accused of being a look out in a drug store robbery that went bad and ended with the murder of the owner. Was Steve actually involved in this robbery/murder or is he being set up so someone else doesn't have to take as much heat?

This book is written from the different perspectives of all the people in the courtroom. The author did a good job keeping up with some of the issues that Americas youth has to deal with these days and also with keeping up with the lingo of today's youth. The author also did a good job keeping the book interesting by writing like it was a movie script. He did this because the main character of the book, Steve Harmon, is an amateur film maker. The author also added journal entries that Steve wrote during his trial and while he was in prison to keep it interesting and also to tell us more about Steve's character. Over all this book was great and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this sort of book.
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paul blumer
I think that "Monster" is a great book. This book is about a boy named Steve Harmon who is accused of being involved in a robbery. The book is written like a screenplay so we get to understand Steve's fears and emotions during the trial and when he is in jail. Steve was hired by some of his older friends to make sure the "coast was clear" for the robbery to take place. During the robbery, the store owner was murdered, and the prosecutors accuse Steve of being involved. Steve was at the scene, but his involvement is questionable. He is put on trial with one of the guys who was actually involved in the robbery. Some of the witnesses do not like Steve anymore; they say Steve betrayed them during the robbery. While he is in jail, he makes a couple of friends who give advice. The trial drama takes over a week to complete. The prosecutor really wants all those accused to go to jail, but she doesn't get her wish! Find out who does get the guilty verdict and who goes to jail.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hilary
The book starts out with Steven Harmon lying on the cot in his jail cell. This book is written like a story line. It has a heading, which says who is talking and then it shows the dialogue underneath it. Steven truly believes that he is innocent but he is still tried in court. He knows the people that participated in the robbery of the drug store that ended up the death of Mr. Nesbit the owner of the store. He convinces himself that he was just in the store to buy some mints. In the trial he is tried with James King, Osvaldo Cruz, and Bobo Evans to see find out if he is guilty or innocent. Steven Harmon?s attorney is named Kathy O?Brien who is doubtful. At the trial each of the 4 teenagers where called to the stand to tell their version of the story. In the jail cell Steven keep writing MONSTER over and over again in his notebook. In his trial his parents attend in and our very supporting of their young son on trial. At the end of the book the verdict for Steven Harmon turns out to be???
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ykng96
Monster is a book that I liked. It showed me what it was like to be in jail. When I was reading I was suddenly sucked in. It's also about a boy named Steve Harmon who is in jail for something he didn't do. It's also about a lady who calls all prisoners monsters.

In jail Steve writes about the problems he has and what he has to go through everyday. So finally read this book...
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
stacey ng
In this read, "MONSTER". There is an unfair event. A 16 year old boy gets accused of doing something he did not do, possibly because of his race. Why should a good kid get in trouble for doing absolutly nothing wrong? Well thats what happened in this book. So he wrote things in a journal every night as if he were writing a movie.
Steven was called a Monster but his lawyer was 100% on his side the whole time. It was interesting to see how you can get in trouble for something that you did not do and the other person get away with it. I wonder how many others are suffering in jail right now for something they did not do. Will he be able to prove to the judge that it was not him and will he be free to go home. I personally think this was a interesting read. I also think that this is a good read for eveybody. You will feel like you are right there in the scene. Well..good luck and enjoy this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kristel de geest
Monster is a novel that really makes teens think. Steve Harmon has always thought of himself as a "good kid", so why is he on trial for murder? As a high school English teacher, I am always trying to explain to my students that one wrong decision could have a life changing effect. Also, that the people they chose to hang out with is a direct reflection of them. This novel teaches those lessons and is a great novel for struggling readers.
Monster is written as both a screen play and journal entry. This creative format, is inviting for struggling readers. This is a great novel to read in class because most of it is in screen play format. This allows for students to be able to read out loud and take an active role in reading. I highly recommend the audio book for this novel. The audio book does an excellent job of portraying the courtroom drama.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jennifer mishloney
A few reviews below tell you the ending of the book, so if you want to read the entire book and play "juror", then please do not read all of the reviews.
I played "Juror" as I read the book, and I was floating back and forth the entire novel...so that tells me 1 very importnat thing that the author has made his point and done so effectively.
Certainly a well deserved winner of the first Prinz Award for Young Adult Fiction.
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j t robertson
this book was pretty good thats why i rated it a 3. i was reding it with my partner it was really interesting how everything went down a day it turns out that steve was not the one who killed the clerk. but the guy who had the ciggarettes and gave it to his mom for chrismas. i could tell the whole story but i dont want to why just read for ur self and read what happens to steve harmon
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
matthia
this book was pretty good thats why i rated it a 3. i was reding it with my partner it was really interesting how everything went down a day it turns out that steve was not the one who killed the clerk. but the guy who had the ciggarettes and gave it to his mom for chrismas. i could tell the whole story but i dont want to why just read for ur self and read what happens to steve harmon
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
yeganeh sheikholeslami
After being in jail for a while you can tell he is not a "monster" and he is actually a good person. His character and personality can make people infer that he is not one to be involved in a robbery. I feel bad for him, but all in all it is a great book to read and tells you that you should think before you act and you shouldnt always think you are gonna get away with everything.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rachel murray
I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK. IT WAS VERY INTERESETING AND SAD. I LIKE IT BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY RELATES TO THE LIFE WE ARE LIVING NOW. IT SHOWS US SOMETIMES HOW LIFE CAN BE FAIR AND ALSO BE UNFAIR. SOMETIMES YOU CAN BE BLAMED FOR SOMETHING FOR BEING IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME. IT TEACHES US THAT YOU SHOULD BE MORE CAREFUL WITH WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE YOU ARE DEALING WITH AND WHEN AND WHERE YOU ARE. I LIKE THE BOOK BECASUE IT SHOWS THAT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE ONE PERSON ACCUSING YOU OF SOMETHING THATS HOW YOU WILL BE JUDGED BY MANY OTHERS EVEN IF YOU PROOVE THEM WRONG. LIFE IS UNFAIR LIKE THAT AND YOU SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM THE BAD THINGS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW YOU WILL NOT DO ANYTHING BAD. ONE THING WILL LEAD TO OTHER THINGS.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lance tracey
I enjoyed this book. The genre of the book was different from any other I have ever read before. It was a novel written as a screenplay. It made it easier to read than just reading dialouge. I enjoyed knowing exactly what image to have in my head at the moment of the character speaking. The way the author allowed us to meet the characters a little at a time was interesting because it was hard to judge the character until you knew the complete side him. The plot and how it envolved flashback was interesting because you had the present which was the trial, then you look back at why they are there in the first place. The importance of the scene is shown during the process of the trial that the main character is going through. So the question of whether he is innocent or guilty can not be answered until the very end when the verdict comes out. So you are never bored. The whole story has you wanting to read more just to find out how he is going to end up living his life. - L. Renea
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sulaf
A sixteen-year-old boy, Steve Harmon, is on trial as an accomplice in the murder of a storeowner. The reader, through Steve's narration, follows the complete trial, including the times he spends in his cell. Readers will be anxious to find out what happens to Steve. Is he found guilty or innocent?
What makes this book unique is that Steve is actually telling his story in the form of a screenplay. He has all the basic parts of a screenplay, including the places of action, what the characters look like, what they are wearing, and what is happening. Readers will find this type of format very interesting. It is also a useful format for potential writers to try writing. This book is just wonderful, one I think all readers will enjoy. The reader will have a lot of sympathy for Steve. The fast paced story makes it a real "page turner."
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
paulske
Steve is a young 16 year old man that is said to be a Monster. He is said to be a Monster because he is accused of being involved in robbery and maybe even guilty of killing a man. This is a very exciting and thrilling book about a young man who could get sentenced to death or life in prison.

Once you start reading the book, you start getting more and more excited. Throughout the whole story, you have to ask yourself, is Steve guilty? You also see people around him start to act different because they aren't even sure if Steve is innocent.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you guessing and will keep you excited then this is the right book for you. This is just flat out one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out what Monster is all about, see for yourself, if Steve is a Monster or not.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
catherine jane abelman
Walter Dean Myers writes on of the most compelling and fascinating issues facing the modern day inner-city teenager, jail. Steve Harmon, your average black high school film student is caught in a web of events linking him to murder. As he spends time confined to a cell awaiting trial he documents his trial and life in the form of a movie script. Although this may seem like a rather odd way to approach a book it comes off quite effectively and makes the book incredibly engrossing to the reader.

The book never stops the anticipation of a final verdict. Keeping the reader on his/her toes never allows you to put the book down until the very last page is turned. The large font and structure of the actual writing also contributes to the overall simple yet incredibly fascinating read. Even though the book is a quick read, it defiantly leaves you with the impression of a quality piece of literature. Highly recommended.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cal creamer
I thought that the book Monster by Walter Dean Myers was easy to read but confusing in the way that you didn't know what was going for a while when you started reading. The book about a court drama that involved a robbery and murder was told from a on looking point of view. It was whether or not a 16 year old boy named Steve was actually involved in the robbery and whether or not he would be charged with felany murder. I liked the way it showed Steve's journal entries while he was in prison. Although the book wasn't all about Steve and there were others going up against the court the entries he wrote allowed everyone to learn more about him and see what it was like for him to go through what he was dealing with. Overall I thought the book kept the reader interested and involved and allowed them to see the whole picture instead of one person's point of view. Good book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
purple
The main character is named Monster. He is in jail because he was the watchout for a murder. He is first at jail but then, he can go home. The boy writes in a journal of what happened in court. He writes what happens at the jail. Both of his friends have to go jail without parole. They killed the man that they robbed the store from. If you like action the you should read this.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
debbie lech
Walter Dean Myers is known for writing novels about African-American street life, especially centered around the gangs of Harlem. The theme seen in Scorpions, 145th Street: Short Stories, Slam!, and The Beast are seen once again in Monster. This is a wonderful text to teach point of view, however, the unique style of text can be cumbersome. I think it would be important to read this book together with your class, so that the meaning is not lost within the format. Myers leaves out details about the crime which makes the reader wonder how innocent Steve is. This is a unique book within the genre of contemporary realistic fiction because of the screenplay format and the single person perspective on such a serious topic. The reader never truly feels convinced that Steve is innocent, yet you root for him throughout the story. I agree with the 1999 review from School Library Journal, that this book challenges readers with difficult questions, which makes it a wonderful book for literature circles and class discussions.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mark johnson
The book monster for me was a really interesting book. I liked the way that it explained evey details of all the settings. When I was reading it with my friends I got so into the book that I started readding it by myself and didn't even let them read. Also when I was reading the book Monster I started having a back flash about something that happened to me and my homie. Back to the subject this book is about a kid named Steve that has had a big problem in his life. Steve is a kid that is only 16 years old and is already in big problems that may affect him for the rest of his life. Steve the 16 year old kid was acused of murder. Now he has to go to coart and prouph that he is not guilty. But at the end he was actully inoccent. The only thing that I didn't like was the way that the book was organised as a pla because it sometimes blew me out of the subject and I used to get confused were I was and sometimes what was happening.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
daniela
Steve Harmon, BoBo, James King, and Osvaldo Cruz are all on trial for the shooting of drugstore owner. Steve says he's not friends with any of the people at the store during the shooting. Which could mean Steve Harmon had nothing to do with the murder?

The prosecutor called Steve Harmon "Monster" for his role in the shooting of a drugstore owner. Well Steve was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. The one cool thing I thought about the book was how the author wrote the book in movie script format. The book is very easy to read and the author goes in depth about what it is like to be in jail. If you are sick of reading the same old boring books you should read the book. It is almost as if you're in the movie theater watching it. If you want to find out if Steve goes home with his family or stays in jail, then you should definitely read Monster.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sayani
This book by Dean Myers is an extraordinary book for any teenager interested in the topic of law. I, myself am 16 years of age and this book really got to me. It makes you think all the things this young man, of 16, is going through in a rot hole like prison. This guy is not treated like a teenager, but like an actual adult. This author uses vivid images of what Steve Harmon is going through. She really describes the things that are going on in an actual prison and does not try to hide it as most of the authors writting on the subject do. She uses great characters, such as the lawyers and prosecuter, to make the story even better than what it already was. The mere detail of the author not clarifying to us whether the lawyer really belived Steve make the ending magnificent. I really enjoyed this book and rate it as one of the best books I have ever read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kyle morris
This book is about a boy named Steven Harmon who is on trial for participating in a theft and murder act. He is being charged with this case and he claims that he is innocent. Unlike most books, this particular one was written as a movie script by the main character, Steven. Not only is it easy to understand and read, it also gives you in depth details and actually journal entries during his time in jail. It gives you a totally different outlook on jail life and teaches you to pick your friends wisely because if they're doing wrong and you follow, you're going down with them. Throughout the book he fights for his innocence and it starts to get harder and harder to put it down. Once you begin you won't stop reading till you're finished. It's a great read and keeps you on the edge of your seat. To find out whether he gets to go home or stay in jail for the rest of his life get Monster, you won't regret it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
haryo nurtiar
Monster is the story of Steve Harmon a young black teenager who has been accused of being an accomplice in a convenience store hold up and murder. In this powerful book we can get a glimpse of the struggles that young black men living in the inner-city might face. The story takes you through the trial of Steve Harmon and invites you to re-live his experiences on that 22nd day of December. This is a story that, I am sure, would be familiar to many black males today and it shows the discrimination and prejudices that can take place in today's society. Steve Harmon has decided that the only thing he can to do to keep himself sane while in court and awaiting his verdict is to put his proceedings into a movie script so the reader reads the book in that manner. I enjoyed the pace of the book and was into it almost immediately. The set up was different than most books in that it feels like you are reading the script of a movie.
This format may be difficult to read because of the way that it cuts in and out, but the story is so interesting that you get over it.
This would be a great book to read in a high school classroom, I especially think that inner city youth would find this to be a good read. You could even read this book when studying government and the judicial system.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
nicole cheslock
Imagine you are sitting in a court room on trial for FELONY MURDER! Hard to believe right? Well, theres no imagining for Steve Harmon. It's all real for him. He's only 16 years old and in jail. He goes to court everyday with everyone hating him. The prosecuter even called him Monster. He's on trial for the murder and robbery of a drugstore and clerk in Harlem. Hes in the court room with many people however he is all alone and scared all the time. So did he do it? At 16 years old, is his life now ruined? The only way to find out is by reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers. I liked this book and I felt it was very unique. It is written as a movie screenplay that Steve is writing during his trial. If someone were to read this book I believe that they would enjoy it and I bet it would really make them think because it really did make me think. Its a good book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
samilja
This was a really interesting story.The main character of this story is Steve Harmon, a really brave boy who suffered alot.He was accused of being in a crime.He didnt like being in jail,he hated it.He is an innocent boy and it was not fair how he was being treated.Eventhough the story how it was expressed made it interesting,understandable,but also very touching.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cathryn
Have you ever been wrongly accused ? If you have, you might know what it feels to have everyone think you're a lair; right? You might have gotten lucky, because in this book there's this guy called Steven. "He was in the wrong place in the wrong time." An awful crime and some crazy gangster are trilling to get him busted. Los Diablos (that's the gang's name) are talking about some sign, that he supposedly sent to them. Once you know what the sign is, you maybe shocked. It's something that you and I do every single day, with out even noticing.
My favorite thing about this book was how Steven reacted to this case. The authour did a marvelous job, as how he described the emotions he was feeling at that time. I didn't know that a guy could get afraid of getting raped at night by other cell mates, (guys sell mates.) What's also great about this like reading a real case. The author makes you feel like if your there.
I recommend this book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marin
Steve is a young boy who may or may not be involved in a robbery that took place. Even though Steve is found innocent, I find myself questioning his innocence. I was was left wondering if he did or didn't do the crime that he was charged of. Walter Dean Myers used reality along with flashbacks to portray Steve Harmon. The journal writing was used for Steve to reflect upon his emotions during the whole process. I think this book is wonderful for young adults to read. It shows how sometimes our lives take twist that we may or may not have control of. The depth of Steve's character and his interaction with his family particularly his father, shows how relationships can be difficult and awkward.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
stacey brutger
The book monster is about some kids that stold something from the liquor store and they killed the manager.Just to get stuff from the liquor store.They catch some of them later on but they only acused one of the hole crime they are saying that hes the only one who killed him so is liked saying that hes the only that participated in the crime.Hes in jail right know for that but he was saying that they forced him to do what he did.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jessye
I think this book is good. It`s about a guy named Steve and he is on a trial for murder. On December 22, somebody got shoot in the drugstore and they are trying to figure out who it was. they suspect that it was Steve, Mr.Bobo or Mr.King. The one who shoot the guy who was working in the store took two pack of cigarettes too. O`brien is Steves lawyer. She is trying to help Steve to get out of the case but it`s still like she doesn`t belive Steve. The police takes Steve to jail. He has to sleep there. Steve thinks it`s scary to be in jail because all the other guys are fighting and talking about what they have done and that makes Steve feel bad because he didn`t do anything. Steve said he wasn`t in the drugstore on December 22.
So later they found out that Steve wasx not guilty. He wasn`t even in the store on December 22.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
willy liangco
Monster is a book based on 16 year old Steven Harmon who is put on trial for acessory to murder. The book is mostly told in the court room and the rest of it is flashbacks and in prison. It is a extremely thrilling novel and anyone that reads it will be kept on the edge of their seat. I recommend this book for anyone and I very much enjoyed reading it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chiron
The format is unique and interesting. The storyline really makes you think about perceptions and racial issues. I don't think it would have been as effective in a typical format. Will this be made into a movie? I guess we will see.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sadaf
I read this book for a school assignment and I thought it was really good. The book was told from the point of view of the main character, Steve Harmon, who is in jail because he was accused of taking part in a robbery where a man was shot and killed. Steve Harmon enjoys making movies, and he takes notes of his trial everyday and plans on making a movie out of his expirience in the trial. The way Walter Dean Myers wrote this book was in the format of a movie script so it made story really easy to follow, and i was also able to get a clear picture of each scene in my head. Although the writing was very good, the ending was kind of predictable. Other than that I would definetly recommend reading this book.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
suzanne del
I thought this book was ok. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good. I really dislike how the author would change from scenes in the courtroom and flashback to Steve's childhood. It made things confusing and I would often have to read things over again. I also disliked the cameras. The way a camera would zoom in and pick up various activities also took up time and made the book seem as though it took forever to read. I understand that for the plot of the book the style was almost neccessary. If you're into this type of writing I'm sure you will like it but it's not my preference. But in contrast, the author did a nice job of matching personalities to the characters. He even got the street slang down pretty well, making the characters believable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
bhanu
This is a uniquely written story about Steve Harmon, a young man on trial for murder. Written in the form of a film, with journal entries throughout, we are presented with the thoughts and emotions of this teen as he copes with his trial, prison, and in a sense, just trying to stay sane through it all. The style of the book may be difficult to grasp at first,but by using the cast list of characters in the beginning of the book, the reader should soon catch on. While the story does not lend itself to in-depth portrayals of all main characters, we are able to glimpse into the mind of Steve. He tells us what it's like to be on trial for murder.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
venisha
I picked up the book Monster when it was chosen for me for a reading group. I partly chose it because it chronicled the court trial of someone so that enticed me. When I began reading it as soon as I got it, it was hard to put it down at the end of the hour. What makes this book interesting for me is that it is in a format that makes it resemble a movie script. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read if not the best.

The book Monster follows the literal trials of a 16 year old african american boy named Steve Harmon. Steve is on trial for felony murder. the prosecutor, Petrocelli, is calling him a monster. Steve is on trial alongside his acquaintance James King. Steve gives the reader an in-depth look at what the prison environment is like. This book is in the format of a movie script. But it is all too real to Steve. Read as Steve pleads his case, literally, to the judge and jury. When Steve takes the stand the complexion of the trial completely changes.

I recommend Monster because it showed me that reading can be for everyone if you find the right book. Take me as an example. I always mocked my friends for reading but now I am the one recommending a book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
petra schnebergerov
This is a fantastic read- will not fail to keep you interested
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karenfeig
The Book "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers is a great book!
This is a book worth reading. From the beginning to
the end, you get into the book. Specially since it
makes you feel like if you are actually in a court
room by the dialog that the author uses in the book.
I personally enjoyed this book, and I would recomend it.
I would recomend it for the fact that the story deals
with a lot of what we see every day in our neighborhoods.
It is a great book, specially for those who are going
through these same problems in life. It can make you
think twice about the mistake you will make, if you
ever come across a problem like Steve did, being in the
wrong place at the wrong time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jesse
The book Monster was an excellent book. Monster was about a young man named Steve that was sixteen and he was on trail for participating in a robbery where a man was murdered. Steve was the type of character that a lot of young man can related too. While Steve was on trail he wrote about he's days in jail. Doing the trail a lot of Steve friends was questioned and they lied and made things up to save themselves. By them lying they could have cause Steve to be sentence to the death penalty if he was found guilty. I really enjoyed this book, it had many lessons that everyone needs to learn. This book taught me that everyone you think is your friend is not, and it's up to you to find out who is before it's to late, and this book also made me feel right there in the courtroom watching Steve on trail.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
charles clarke
The book "Monster" is written by Walter Dean Myers and is about an african-american boy called Steve, woh is on trialHe is accused of murder and robbery but nobody knows if he is guilty or not.It maybe a think of moraly guilt. In the court it makes a big suspense, because there were no real witnesses, so it is testimony against testimony.

Walter Dean Myers known from other famous books has with this book a new bestseller. He wrote this book in two different ways. On the one side you can read diary entries from Steve(his point of view) and on the other side it written like a filmskript. That makes the reader beeing both Jury and witness. It's not like other books. It has an open ending so it makes you thinking about the bokk an makey your an own opinion about Steve an the wohle trial.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
themindframe
This book is literally one that you cannot put down. It is written in the real-world language of a 16 year-old that authenticates his being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. The movie script style in which Myers writes keeps you reading non-stop, like watching a movie wtih no commercials. The plot hits home probably for so many young teens who find themselves in situations and with people that they thought would/could not harm them, but indeed does. Meyers briefly involves the main character's family to show the reader how this one "mistake" or wrong decision has effected all who are close to him. This book will keep your heart pounding and aching to the end to see how innocence can be taken.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sameer rane
Steve Harmon is sixteen years old.He is on trail for murder with Bobo and King,because Mr.Nesbitt,the shop owner,was killed during a robbery they were involded in.But nobody can find if Steve is guilty or innocent.The reader gets flashbacks and diary entries of Steve to see his feelings and that way more information as the jury.

I liked to read this book very much,because it is very interisting to get maybe the point if Steve is guilty or innocent.For me it is to learn about the feelings from Steve and more information as the jury.Without these facts the book would be boring and nobody knows what really happened.Maybe we hade the same opinion as the jury.He is black and the jury has prejudices about young black people.We do not get the important facts about Bobo and King and the conflict between them and Steve.
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