Crookedby Louisa Luna
Melody is just out of prison. Faced with the absence of her brother, who's serving life in San Quentin, and hardened by her own experiences in lock-up, Mel sturggles to adjust to the harsh realities of life on the outside. She quickly discovers that freeedom is relative...she has no money, no prospects, no guidance. Forced to return to her mother's apartment in… See more details below
Melody is just out of prison. Faced with the absence of her brother, who's serving life in San Quentin, and hardened by her own experiences in lock-up, Mel sturggles to adjust to the harsh realities of life on the outside. She quickly discovers that freeedom is relative...she has no money, no prospects, no guidance. Forced to return to her mother's apartment in Marin County and take a job houling portable toilets, Mel finds herself drinking too much and hanging out with her old gang again. Haunted by glimpses of her own harrowing girlhood and of the mysterious circumstances that put her in prison in the first place, she slowly, bravely begins to forge a potential path toward redemption and escape.
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There are people in the world who cannot think before they act because the conditions of their lives won't permit it. They are forced to react endlessly, forced to defend themselves -- these sort of people are the subjects of Crooked. Melody is an ex-convict who seems incapable of adjusting to the outside, and yet she tries to make the very most of her freedom until, ultimately, she discovers she has none at all. This is a great book with a deep existentialist meaning. You can feel the characters struggling against eachother, against their environment, and against themselves. It's way out of the league of MTV Books' typical audience, though, so people who are attuned to a hyperactive, strongly cinematic (i.e., traditionally narrative and cliche-filled) aesthetic will be confused or bored. People who enjoy literature, however, will be introduced to a sharp and relentless voice.
when i started this book, i had high hopes for it. the beginning kept you turning the pages waiting for somthing to happen. but after that, it was a bit of a let-down. maybe i missed somthing important, but it wasnt that great of a book. it was below the standard of the mtv reading list books.
I understand that this book was supposed to target urban youths; and with it's hip, street smart prison parolee for a main character, it did just that. However, the story itself didn't seem to have any specific destination. What was the point of it? A 22 year old female parolee who gets out of prison after committing a sensless murder with her twin brother who is serving a life sentence. She is forced to move in with her mother, take up a menial paying job and soons starts to run with the wrong crowd again, her old gang. However, the story has no direction, the main character has no goals, no aspirations, good or bad. It just seems to drag, mostly shifting from the main character's day to day life outside of prison, and sensless flashbacks. In a sense, you kind of get the feeling as if you are reading someone's journal, not a novel. I would not recommend buying this book.
If her target audience is supposed to be teenagers and twenty somethings I'm not sure she has hit her mark. Frankly we are not all as dumb as we look. As I came to the last sentance I couldn't help but wonder if I had missed something maybe skipped over half the novel. Don't get me wrong it was a valiant effort and I did finish it but a little uncertain on where the author was going.
This book left a searing impression on me -- Luna's use of language is incredibly powerful, straightforward, and virtually devoid of metaphor. Her characters are complex, haunting, conflicted, vulnerable, but hard. She is a true poet of the West Coast working class. The descriptions of prison and parole are so vivid I wouldn't be surprised if she'd been inside.