Monster

Monster

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by Walter Dean Myers, Peter Francis James
     
 

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Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me.

MONSTER

FADE IN; INTERIOR COURT. A guard sits at a desk behind STEVE. KATHY O'BRIEN, STEVE's lawyer, is all business

Overview

Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me.

MONSTER

FADE IN; INTERIOR COURT. A guard sits at a desk behind STEVE. KATHY O'BRIEN, STEVE's lawyer, is all business as she talks to STEVE.

  • O'BRIEN

    Let me make sure you understand what's going on. Both you and this King character are on trial for felony murder. Felony murder is as serious as it gets .. When you're in court, you sit there and pay attention. You let the jury know that you think the case is as serious as they do.

  • STEVE

    You think we're going to win?

  • O'BRIEN (seriously)

    It probably depends on what you mean by "win".

Editorial Reviews

Cathy Young
FADE IN: Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon sits on the edge of a cot in Cell Block D of the Manhattan Detention Center. A dingy gray, early morning light filters in from the window and splashes his light brown face. Next to him, as the camera moves into focus, we see the suit he will wear to court. His trial starts today.

This is the beginning of "Monster!" -- a film written and directed by and also starring Steve Harmon. It's the "incredible story of how one guy's life was turned around by a few events, and how he might have to spend the rest of his life behind bars...told as it actually happened."

Cinema Vérité, you say? That's a term that Steve's film teacher might use to describe a film that "conveys realism." No, "Monster!" is even more real (and frightening) than that. This is the story of what happens when the world turns inside out for Steve Harmon, when the teen finds himself on trial for felony murder. In order to cope as the drama of his life unfolds, Steve blocks out the events and dialogue that swirl around him. He's the writer, the director, and the star of his own real-life horror story. And eerily, he has no idea how "Monster!" will end.

Neither do we.

What is certain is that Monster, Walter Dean Myers's new blockbuster novel, will captivate readers' imaginations from its opening pages until long after the last scene fades. In fact, Myers unravels Steve Harmon's story so masterfully, so sensitively, that very few readers will be able to set the book down without feeling as though their own lives have been changed somehow. Yes, Monster is that good.

Who are this novel's intended readers? More specifically, who should they be? Some consideration of these questions is necessary for this unusual book. Mature teens will devour Monster. Adults will too, and in fact will find the mixed screenplay/journal format refreshing and fast-paced, not kid-like at all. Frankly, though, I believe younger teens may be impacted most profoundly (and positively) by the story of Steve Harmon, who stumbles almost unknowingly into a nightmare that might keep him locked behind bars the rest of his life. However, these younger teen readers may need some guidance and support while reading Monster. It's a gritty tale. While Myers deals discreetly with the jail's lack of privacy (open toilets) and frequent invasions of privacy (for example, sexual coercion between inmates), he doesn't obscure those realities. We watch Steve sit in that courtroom and sympathize with his stomach distress, which is not merely the result of nervousness over the outcome of the trial but worsened because he's not comfortable using the toilet in open sight of the other prisoners.

As he writes in his introductory note to readers, Walter Dean Myers, in writing Monster , hoped to show the steps that lead someone "from innocence to criminal acts and, eventually, to prison." The award-winning author spent months interviewing killers, drug pushers, prostitutes, and other criminals serving time in prison before he set pen to paper for Monster. These interviews revealed a common thread: "...that no one went from being completely innocent to living in jail in one dramatic step. There always seemed to be interim stages. Decisions to bend, not break, the law. Minor infractions...would lead to petty thefts. Petty thefts and fare-beating might lead to street-corner drug sales. Each experience...would give permission for the next experience. Eventually a line would be crossed..."

And that's where we find Steve Harmon: 16 years old and on trial for murder. His parents' hearts break as they watch the drama unfold from their seats in the back of the courtroom. Did Steve serve as the lookout when Bobo Evans and James King robbed the drugstore and then killed the store's owner in the commotion? Or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is he being framed by a couple of losers he used to call friends? In the tension-filled courtroom, reality begins to blur for Steve. How on earth did he get here? Is he a monster?

Walter Dean Myers's new novel will shock, disturb, awaken, and inspire.
Cathy Young Cathy Young is the founder of www.read-this.com, which specializes in creating web sites for authors, illustrators, and publishers.

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon has been charged as an adult accomplice to murder. Steve resorts to his passion for filmmaking to put some order to and make some sense of his ordeal; his trial is presented as a movie. The reader feels his panic over the possibility of spending life in prison and his fears of being beaten and sexually abused there. The attorneys present their cases before the jury and the drama builds just as it would in a movie. Steve feels the surrealism of the stark reality he is facing. The reader is drawn into the trial, trying to determine, as is Steve himself, if he is the Monster that the prosecutor says he is, or a victim of circumstance. The film script concept works well on many levels. The illustrations, intermittently placed, present Steve in various ways: photos with his mother, on the drugstore surveillance camera, in a courtroom drawing, and in his mug shots. They give an added sense of reality to the narrative. This is a powerful, intense, thought-provoking story. It is great for discussions about the judicial system, pre-judging, self-perception, parent-child relationships and our prison system.
KLIATT
To quote KLIATT's Jan. 2001 review of the Listening Library/Random House audiobook edition of this title: Written by the central character, Steve Harmon, in the form of a screenplay for a movie, this ... follows the 16-year-old from the time he is arrested for felony murder through his trial. A drugstore owner in Harlem is killed as two men rob his store. Steve is accused of being the "lookout" for the robbers, all experienced criminals. He is implicated because of a deal the felons make to reduce their sentences in this crime. Steve, one of the "monsters" of the title, has a loving family and a caring, experienced lawyer.... Depictions of what jail offers younger accused these days are graphic, but accurate and honest... (winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature; a Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book; and a National Book Award Finalist.) KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, HarperTempest, 282p. 18cm. 98-40958., $6.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Jean Palmer; KLIATT , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-Walter Dean Myers' novel (HarperCollins, 1999) is brought to life by a full cast of actors in this excellent audio interpretation. The author opens this audiobook by discussing many of his interviews with young prison inmates and his desire to discover what drives them to a life of crime, what makes them become monsters in society. From the outset, listeners are caught up in Steve Harmon's life as he documents the events for the film script he is writing for his high school video club. Was Steve actually the lookout in a robbery gone awry in which a man was murdered, or was he simply at the wrong place at the wrong time? The suspense and tension remain high until the end when we are told whether the jury will find Steve guilty or innocent of the crime for which he is on trial. This auditory delight is presented in the clear, well-enunciated and articulated voices of a full cast of actors. The narrator, with his deep melodious voice, reads Steve's film directions and provides the quick scene shifts, guiding listeners through the story. His voice combined with the voices of the other actors, the strong plot, and the unusual story format grabs readers and holds their interest throughout. This interpretation could entice reluctant readers to become Myers' fans. Monster is a must purchase for all middle and high school libraries. English teachers should be encouraged to use this audiobook as a possible writing prompt or as an introduction to readers' theater.-Lynda N. Short, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, KY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Sutton
Taylor-made for readers' theater, this book is a natural to get teens reading—and talking.
Horn Book Magazine
Kirkus Reviews
In a riveting novel from Myers (At Her Majesty's Request, 1999, etc.), a teenager who dreams of being a filmmaker writes the story of his trial for felony murder in the form of a movie script, with journal entries after each day's action. Steve is accused of being an accomplice in the robbery and murder of a drug store owner. As he goes through his trial, returning each night to a prison where most nights he can hear other inmates being beaten and raped, he reviews the events leading to this point in his life. Although Steve is eventually acquitted, Myers leaves it up to readers to decide for themselves on his protagonist's guilt or innocence. The format of this taut and moving drama forcefully regulates the pacing; breathless, edge-of-the-seat courtroom scenes written entirely in dialogue alternate with thoughtful, introspective journal entries that offer a sense of Steve's terror and confusion, and that deftly demonstrate Myers's point: the road from innocence to trouble is comprised of small, almost invisible steps, each involving an experience in which a "positive moral decision" was not made. (illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 12-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780788752193
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
01/07/2002
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Monster MSRChapter One

The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help. That way even if you sniffle a little they won't hear you. If anybody knows that you are crying, they'll start talking about it and soon it'll be your turn to get beat up when the lights go out.

There is a mirror over the steel sink in my cell. It's six inches high, and scratched with the names of some guys who were here before me. When I look into the small rectangle, I see a face looking back at me but I don't recognize it.

It doesn't look like me. I couldn't have changed that much in a few months. I wonder if I will look like myself when the trial is over.

This morning at breakfast a guy got hit in the face with a tray. Somebody said some little thing and somebody else got mad. There was blood all over the place.

When the guards came over, they made us line up against the wall. The guy who was hit they made sit at the table while they waited for another guard to bring them rubber gloves.

When the gloves came, the guards put them on, handcuffed the guy, and then took him to the dispensary. He was still bleeding pretty bad.

They say you get used to being in jail, but I don't see how. Every morning

I wake up and I am surprised to be here.

If your life outside was real, then everything in here is just the opposite. We sleep with strangers, wake up with strangers, and go to the bathroom in front of strangers. They're strangers but they still find reasons to hurt each other.

Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. It is a strange movie with no plot and nobeginning. The movie is in black and white, and grainy. Sometimes the camera moves in so close that you can't tell what is going on and you just listen to the sounds and guess.

I have seen movies of prisons but never one like this. This is not a movie about bars and locked doors. It is about being alone when you are not really alone and about being scared all the time.

I think to get used to this I will have to give up what I think is real and take up something else.

I wish I could make sense of it.

Maybe I could make my own movie. I could write it out and play it in my head. I could block out the scenes like we did in school. The film will be the story of my life.

No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll write it down in the notebook they let me keep. I'll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me.

Monday, July 6th

MONSTER!

FADE IN: INTERIOR: Early morning in CELL BLOCK D, MANHATTAN DETENTION CENTER. Camera goes slowly down grim, gray corridor. There are sounds of inmates yelling from cell to cell; much of it is obscene. Most of the voices are clearly Black or Hispanic. Camera stops and slowly turns toward a cell.

INTERIOR: CELL. Sixteen-year-old STEVE HARMON is sitting on the edge of a metal cot, head in hands. He is thin, brown skinned. On the cot next to him are the suit and tie he is to wear to court for the start of his trial.

CUT TO: ERNIE, another prisoner, sitting on john, pants down.

CUT TO: SUNSET, another prisoner, pulling on T-shirt.

CUT TO: STEVE pulling blanket over his head as screen goes dark.

VOICE-OVER (VO)
Ain't no use putting the blanket over your head, man. You can't cut this out; this is reality. This is the real deal. VO continues with anonymous PRISONER explaining how the Detention Center is the real thing. As he does, words appear on the screen, just like the opening credits of the movie Star Wars, rolling from the bottom of the screen and shrinking until they are a blur on the top of the screen before rolling off into space.

MONSTER!

The Story of My Miserable Life

Starring Steve Harmon

Produced by Steve Harmon

Directed by Steve Harmon

(Credits continue to roll.)

VO
Yo, Harmon, you gonna eat something? Come on and get your breakfast, man. I'll take your eggs if you don't want them. You want them?

STEVE (subdued)
I'm not hungry.

SUNSET
His trial starts today. He up for the big one. I know how that feels.

CUT TO: INTERIOR: CORRECTIONS DEPT. VAN. Through the bars at the rear of the van, we see people going about the business of their lives in downtown New York. There are men collecting garbage, a female traffic officer motioning for a taxi to make a turn, students on the way to school. Few people notice the van as it makes its way from the DETENTION CENTER to the COURTHOUSE.

CUT TO: PRISONERS, handcuffed, coming from back of van. STEVE is carrying a notebook. He is dressed in the suit and tie we saw on the cot. He is seen only briefly as he is herded through the heavy doors of the courthouse.

FADE OUT as last prisoner from the van enters rear of courthouse.

FADE IN: INTERIOR COURTHOUSE. We are in a small room used for prisoner-lawyer interviews. A guard sits at a desk behind STEVE.

KATHY O'BRIEN, STEVE's lawyer, is petite, red-haired, and freckled. She is all business as she talks to STEVE.

O'BRIEN

Let me make sure you understand what's going on. Both you and this King character are on trial for felony murder. Felony murder is as serious as it gets. Sandra Petrocelli is the prosecutor, and she's good. They're pushing for the death penalty, which is really bad. The jury might think they're doing you a big favor by giving you life in prison. So you'd better take this trial very, very seriously.When you're in court, you sit there and you pay attention. You let the jury know that you think the case is as serious as they do. You don't turn and wave to any of your friends. It's all right to acknowledge your mother.I have to go and talk to the judge. The trial will begin in a few minutes. Is there anything you want to ask me before it starts?

STEVE

You think we're going to win?

O'BRIEN (seriously)

It probably depends on what you mean by "win."

CUT TO: INTERIOR: HOLDING ROOM. We see STEVE sitting at one end of bench. Against the opposite wall, dressed in a sloppy-looking suit, is 23-year-old JAMES KING, the other man on trial. KING looks older than 23. He looks over at STEVE with a hard look and we see STEVE look away. Two GUARDS sit at a table away from the prisoners, who are handcuffed. The camera finds the GUARDS in a MEDIUM SHOT (MS). They have their breakfast in aluminum take-out trays that contain eggs, sausages, and potatoes. A Black female STENOGRAPHER pours coffee for herself and the GUARDS.

STENOGRAPHER

I hope this case lasts two weeks. I can sure use the money.

GUARD 1

Six days'maybe seven. It's a motion case. They go through the motions; then they lock them up.
(Turns and looks off camera toward STEVE.)
Ain't that right, bright eyes?

CUT TO: STEVE, who is seated on a low bench. He is handcuffed to a U-bolt put in the bench for that purpose. STEVE looks away from the GUARD.

CUT TO: DOOR. It opens, and COURT CLERK looks in.

COURT CLERK

Two minutes!

CUT TO: GUARDS, who hurriedly finish breakfast. STENOGRAPHER takes machine into COURTROOM. They unshackle STEVE and take him toward door.

CUT TO: STEVE is made to sit down at one table. At another table we see KING and two attorneys. STEVE sits alone. A guard stands behind him. There are one or two spectators in the court. Then four more enter.

CLOSE-UP (CU) of STEVE HARMON. The fear is evident on his face.
MS: People are getting ready for the trial to begin. KATHY O'BRIEN sits next to STEVE.

O'BRIEN

How are you doing?

STEVE

I'm scared.

O'BRIEN

Good; you should be. Anyway, just remember what we've been talking about. The judge is going to rule on a motion that King's lawyer made to suppress Cruz's testimony, and a few other things. Steve, let me tell you what my job is here. My job is to make sure the law works for you as well as against you, and to make you a human being in the eyes of the jury. Your job is to help me. Any questions you have, write them down and I'll try to answer them. What are you doing there?

STEVE

I'm writing this whole thing down as a movie.

O'BRIEN

Whatever. Make sure you pay attention. Close attention.
Monster MSR. Copyright © by Walter Myers. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Lemurgirl More than 1 year ago
Monster by Walter Dean Myers is a fast - paced read, with a well developed plot. Steve Harmon is a black teen that is convicted of murder. But instead of sulking around in jail, he decides to write everything down that is happening in movie set - up. He also writes personal notes throughout the novel that help to progress the plot, and give added information to the reader. While reading Monster, you will feel as if you are right there with the characters through the good, and the bad times, for Myers did an excellent job of describing the setting, and the characters themselves. Contributing to this is the fact that the book is written in first person for all of the characters. Meaning that when different people speak, they use "I" and "me" and this is important because the reader can experience that characters thoughts and feelings for themselves. Myers also does a fabulous job of creating real, believable characters. Each character has a different personality, way of speaking, and way of acting. Also, the way each character speaks reflects their background. For example, when Bobo is being questioned, he uses improper grammar and says, "Me and King planned out a getover and we done it." (Myers p. 177). Finally, the problem is resolved in the story. But of course, I cannot tell you the resolution; you must read Monster by Walter Dean Myers for yourself and experience the thrill of it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book in school and I love it and we are only to page 43! I love it and everyone should read it.
Manigirl114 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing.I would recommend it to everyone.This book shows a lot of strength.When you read you realize that things in this bok are all around you everyday.
PolkyBook More than 1 year ago
Monster is a on the edge of your seat fiction story, written by Walter Dean Myers. Monster is a very hard book to read. You really have to focus on what is going on, because the dialogue is exactly like a court room and make sure you know what's going on. The story setting is in a courtroom and in his cell. The major conflict is very hard to handle. Steve Harmon his nickname in the courtroom people call him Monster! Well Steve is on trial for murder. While in the courtroom he is writing a screenplay for everything that goes on. Steve has to deal with people thinking he is a murderer. He sits in the courtroom listening to people who did commit crimes lie. They are just trying to save themselves from jail by convincing the jury Steve is guilty. He knows he did not murder anyone. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some people did get up and say he was a nice, helpful young man. That helped the jury think about everything they heard in the case. The author put so much detail in this book it was like watching a movie. It's written as a screenplay and sometimes Steve adds little journal notes. When you read this book it's like watching law and order if you have ever seen it. It' intense and sometimes makes you cry. This book was amazing, but you have to be ready to read hardcore lines. If you are young I would not recommend it for you. Teens would be able to enjoy this and understand what is going on. This an amazing book and I hope a persuaded you to read it!
Soliman More than 1 year ago
Monster starts of as a notebook/journal reading that reveals that the rest of the book will be the recording of Steve Harmon's (our main charater) trial in a mixture of journal entries and screenplay form. This mixture proves to be successful throughout the book because you can see what's going on in the trial in the screenplay format (written by the main character himself), then see how he feels about it through his entries. Walter Dean Myers always tries to reach out to young adults and does it succesfully through all his writings because of the realism of it all and most importantly who young adults truly feel in these situations. In Monster, you realize how scarred and alone an adolesent feels in a situation where he can spend the rest of his life in jail. Myers is wonderful human being for trying to warn our children about the choices they make, and not only warns them, but shows them often the consequences and fears that may come with them.
CoxJ More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy named steve. Steve is 16 and is on trial for felony murder. He is not giving in, he knows he didn't do it. Steve has to wait in jail during his long trial until he gets a verdict. This whole time he is writing a movie about his experience. I liked the format of this book and i liked how he was writing a movie of his experience. This book does a good job explaining the court system and how it works. I would recommend this book to lovers of the court system, people who like crime books, and young adults everywhere
bballbabee97 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a matter of three days. I couldnt stop reading it once i got started! Even though it is chllenging at times, once you reread tricky parts it all comes together. I thought the book was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between all the plot spoilers, many of which told the ending, and the kids here playing kitty kat games its hard to get a simple review. Please bn. Put a stop to these ppl who reveal the entire plot line in their so called reviews and these blamed kids using the book review site as a xhat room and a role playing site. There are othere places for these kids to go play.
Karen12 More than 1 year ago
Monster is a book that is about a 16 year old named Steve Harmon who is in jail because of a murder that took place at a drug store. He was the outsider who was watching as two others were robbing the store and killed the owner when the owner got out his gun. They then stole cigarettes and cash and took off. Other people got involved in the crime by witnessing it and getting cigarettes from the alleged killers. Steve on the other hand, only stood outside on lookout after scoping the store out at the beginning.
The story is created by Steve himself writing a journal of his awful experiences in the jail and then creating a movie script about the whole case and his life as he knows it. He begins to take movies of himself in order to find himself.
The neat thing about this book though is that the reader gets all of the evidence provided to him/her so the decision of innocence is left in the reader's hands. It is very well written to allow the reader to step back and examine what morally is the right or wrong verdict in this case. Should he or shouldn't he be put in jail? The ending does have a set decision but it is all up to the reader to decide which is what Steve is trying to prove by creating a movie about it.
Destiny_Flores More than 1 year ago
Taking you inside the life of a juvenile, Steve Harmon makes a script out of his experiences in jail. Falsely accused of murder, he struggles to get out of juvi. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read, especially troubled teens. I really loved this book, it combines a script and a real life experience! Definitely one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER
barbara gilbert More than 1 year ago
     The book “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers is in my opinion is an exciting story which keeps you on Monster the edge of your seat. I highly recommend this book because it is about a young man trying to find himself.  The book tells the story of a young black man named Steve Harmon who is charged with murder. He is only 16 years old. There was a drugstore robbery in which the owner was killed. The police place him at the scene and have evidence against him. The evidence isn’t very concrete because the witnesses do not seem reliable. The others involved were Bobo Evans, James King and Osualdo Cruz.       The story is told by Steve himself. The author makes it more interesting by writing it in two different ways. The first part of the book is Steve’s notes that he writes in a notebook he keeps in his prison cell. His note taking is what keeps him strong in the face of all he is going through. It helps him to keep his thoughts together .The second part of the book is written like a film because the character Steve is a filmmaker. He takes his notebook to the courthouse everyday and jots down his emotions and thoughts about his parents, his lawyer, the peer pressure he experienced, and the violence all around him that is always threatening him. He doesn’t know how his parents feel about him or if his lawyer really cares about him and is capable of helping him. He has doubts about her. Kathy O’Brien is his lawyer and she doesn’t think he has much of a chance to win in court. She states that she wants to make Steve look like a human in the eyes of the jury as opposed to a “Monster.”      The story goes back and forth between what is happening in court and Steve’s flashbacks of the crime scene and of his life before he was in prison.  The last part of the novel is written like a movie with camera directions and character names just like you are reading a script. Steve is seen as a “Monster” who helped in the murder of this innocent business man. The climax of the story is waiting for the verdict to come in. It makes the reader think about how fair our courts really are. This story shows that sometimes you have no control over your fate and whether you are guilty or not a jury can decide your fate. The jurys perception of you can mean your life or death. The reader never really finds out if Steve actually was guilty. The reader can decide for himself if Steve is truly a “Monster” or not.       “Monster” is a thrilling book that makes you think about many things in our society such as peer pressure, the pathway to crime and our court system. It leaves you in suspense at the end because you never know if the character is guilty or innocent. It is also interesting because of the two ways in which it 
reliever More than 1 year ago
     The book “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers is in my opinion is an exciting story which keeps you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend this book because it is about a young man trying to find himself.  The book tells the story of a young black man named Steve Harmon who is charged with murder. He is only 16 years old. There was a drugstore robbery in which the owner was killed. The police place him at the scene and have evidence against him. The evidence isn’t very concrete because the witnesses do not seem reliable. The others involved were Bobo Evans, James King and Osualdo Cruz.       The story is told by Steve himself. The author makes it more interesting by writing it in two different ways. The first part of the book is Steve’s notes that he writes in a notebook he keeps in his prison cell. His note taking is what keeps him strong in the face of all he is going through. It helps him to keep his thoughts together .The second part of the book is written like a film because the character Steve is a filmmaker. He takes his notebook to the courthouse everyday and jots down his emotions and thoughts about his parents, his lawyer, the peer pressure he experienced, and the violence all around him that is always threatening him. He doesn’t know how his parents feel about him or if his lawyer really cares about him and is capable of helping him. He has doubts about her. Kathy O’Brien is his lawyer and she doesn’t think he has much of a chance to win in court. She states that she wants to make Steve look like a human in the eyes of the jury as opposed to a “Monster.”      The story goes back and forth between what is happening in court and Steve’s flashbacks of the crime scene and of his life before he was in prison.  The last part of the novel is written like a movie with camera directions and character names just like you are reading a script. Steve is seen as a “Monster” who helped in the murder of this innocent business man. The climax of the story is waiting for the verdict to come in. It makes the reader think about how fair our courts really are. This story shows that sometimes you have no control over your fate and whether you are guilty or not a jury can decide your fate. The jurys perception of you can mean your life or death. The reader never really finds out if Steve actually was guilty. The reader can decide for himself if Steve is truly a “Monster” or not.       “Monster” is a thrilling book that makes you think about many things in our society such as peer pressure, the pathway to crime and our court system. It leaves you in suspense at the end because you never know if the character is guilty or innocent. It is also interesting because of the two ways in which it is written: Through notes and through a film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a were good book. It has a very suprisingending . Sooooooooooooo cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good kind of confusing because of the way its written but I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite books!
Elke Coronado More than 1 year ago
It tells an amazing story and shows you watt its like in jail
Christina-Burns87 More than 1 year ago
A sixteen year old boy named Steve Harmon finds himself on trial for murder after he is accused as acting as a lookout for the young men who actually commit a robbery at a Harlem drugstore and kill the store owner. The story is presented mainly from his own viewpoint in the form of a screenplay and journal entries he writes, as he faces the trial and possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. When I was reading this book, I realized that the entire novel is written from Steve's point of view. He attempts to bring in other people's points of view by changing the camera position in the screenplay, but this is still what Steve imagines what the other points of view might be. There are some scenes in this book that I think would be best for an old group of students such as eighth graders. This book is always an easy read for students, but the content depth is great for starting serious discussions.
Mary_Kate_Shannon More than 1 year ago
Monster is a great book. This we can already tell through the many awards it has received, including the Coretta scot king award. The book is about a young, black man being trialed for partaking in a murder during a robbery. The boy is going through amazing stress and eventually getting to the point where he doesn't even know if he can believe himself in that he is guilty. It is a great book about finding yourself, and believing in yourself. Another great thing about the story is that you are solving the case along with all of the other characters in the book. The author doesn't immediately tell you what is going on or who is guilty. You have to find out for yourself. The catchy part is that there is hardly any evidence; you have to pick and choose who to believe or if to believe anything at all. In doing this, you are going through some of the same struggles as the main character, Steve; you have to put trust and faith into yourself and others. Mr. Myers does all of this, while wrapping it up into a new exciting style. The book is written as a movie. This was at first hard to get used to, but I find myself now realizing that it was great way to put a person into the book. Because when the book is written as a movie, you can really see it and watch it. Also, I found myself having to read the book aloud and act out the scenes to understand everything, which puts me right smack in the middle of every characters mind.
Abishakur More than 1 year ago
The monster is the stories of the miserable life and also Steve Harmon is 16 years old and he had serious problem about is he guilt or Nat. So isn't only stave Harman is also James king is also have some problem stave does for Mr. nestin murdered and stave and king they are in the drag store when Nestin died so Kathy O'Brien and Sandra peterocelli is think to find out what happened and they asked question for Osvaldo, James king, Steve Bobo, and Henry about what happened I the drag store and those all characterizes tell most important information about what they sow in the drag store. I think this book is my most favorite book I ever read. because this book talked about what happened to you if you join gunges group so after when I read this book I get a lot idea I didn't know before like how bad is if you join bad people and killed someone didn't make mastic and how can I defense or how can I keep away gunges group because I understand how bad they are. I like to show this book my best friend because if he read this book he will Understand how can he keep out if he sow gunges people and to carful join gangs and is not only those thinks he also Understand and get if he killed someone ales. his home is going to* be jail and he will spend rest his life jail.
idil More than 1 year ago
Steve Harmon's is black. He's on trait for murder, and he's 16 years old. Steve lived with his family. Steve went to high school. He a movie for school, the film be the story .It was the22nd of December Mr. Nesbitt was killer. Steve's lawyer O'Brien is getting ready for the to begin. Steve entered the jail .The lawyer was doubt for Steve. King was in the drugstore for robbery of the owner. Mr.Neibitt. The judge is trying to find out more details about this case. I recommendation this books for teenagers. Being a young adult is always a traumatic age for kids. I recommendation this books for kids. Because when young people enter the jail, it will changes their live .I think this books is important for teenagers .I think the book was more interesting for boys. I like this book, because the books is important to people who read the books .I think they lawyer's case took a long time. Jobs proven. They lawyer seem the and the judge thought it was extremely good. Every time you needed the lawyer he is there. if you save every body . The isn't easy. If you give better results. They lawyer is active .the people in the matter, which you were informed during jury selection is case of felony in murder.
ikranney More than 1 year ago
In the book Monster there was a boy named Steve. He was in jail because he was accused of murdering a man named Mr. Nesbitt. Mr. Nesbitt was the owned of a drugstore. Steve, King, and Bobo were friends. They were all in the jail but Steve didn't want to be in a jail. When Steve was in jail he saw many bad men and they were old too. King was the one who kill Mr. Nesbitt and Steve was the one who gave the sign that there weren't any police in the drugstore. Bobo came to the courtroom and told the lawyer and the judge King killed Mr. Nesbitt because he wanted to get out of the jail. O`Brien was Steve's lawyer in the courtroom and she wanted to show the another lawyer that Steve wasn't guilty. In my opinion, I like this book Monster. I like it because it's a good story and I enjoyed it when I was reading. The book Monster gives information about boys who are in gang groups. The book Monster is sad and happy. I hope everyone who reads this book will enjoy it. I want to tell the author who wrote this book it is a good story. I recommend this book to young people and teenagers who in gang groups. If they read this book they will know how it feels to be in jail or to kill a person. They will stop doing bad things or using drugs. I hope parent will help their kids to not do bad things. I want to tell the young teenage boys to read this book
gagreat More than 1 year ago
I think that the book is spectacular because the book is about a boy that has problems because he is accused of committing a murder, which is a serious crime. It's a cool book to read and it's easy to understand. I think the book is interesting to read for every body. This book is called Monster and it's about a boy by the name of Steve Harmon that is 16 years old. He was arrested, and was accused of murder, and of the robbery of a store. He could be locked up for 18 years but he doesn't give up. He knew the other boys that actually committed the crime I recommend that students read this because some students are involved in some similar stuff so students can now know what consequences they get when you are involved in gangs. Then I recommend to Latino students, and their parents to read this book if they know that their children are involved in gangs so they can help their student to get out of gang, and to not be involved in gangs. The book also is interesting for gang members to read because it shows them what consequences their actions will have.