Dope Sick

Dope Sick

by Walter Dean Myers
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Dope Sick 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Lil J is running away from his problems. His alcoholic mother can't seem to get straight, he can't find a decent job, and now the cops are breathing down his neck. A drug deal has gone sour, and Lil J finds himself holed up in an abandoned crack house, wounded and afraid.

He meets Kelly, a young man who asks a lot of questions and wields a television remote control. The entire situation doesn't make sense to Lil J, and things really start getting crazy when Kelly begins to play segments of Lil J's life on the TV screen.

"If you could do it all over again, and change something, what would it be?," Kelly asks Lil J.

Lil J sifts through his memories, attempting to pinpoint the moment in his life that changed him forever. Many secrets are unearthed and Lil J comes to the realization that it wasn't just one thing; it was all the little things that added up and multiplied into this mess he calls his life.

Lil J is searching for redemption, but can he find it in time - and does he even deserve it?

Walter Dean Myers is a masterful storyteller who takes ideas about urban life and morphs them into something that is truly original and unexpected. His ability to use surrealism in a very real, life-altering situation shows that you can make a point without shoving it in your face.

DOPE SICK is an excellent piece of writing that will keep you questioning until the end.......and after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starting ¿Dope Sick¿ by Walter Dean Myers I did not think I was going to finish the book. I am not a big fan of reading. I was in my Modern Fiction class and we had to read a book of our choice. My friend recommended it to me. The book starts off in Harlem about a teen name Lil J. The book talks about his struggle and the things he has going on in his life. The book did a good job getting the readers attention. Lil J is caught up making bad decisions involving a dope deal. The read is not to fast or to difficult pretty easy to understand what¿s going on. The book was well written. It was a mixture of science fiction and realistic fiction. Lil j has to make a lot of big decision throughout the book. The book shows you can make one bad choice or do one bad thing and ruin your whole life. Overall I feel the book was very, it could have had a better ending. It seems like the book just ended with no closure. I would give the book a four out of five rating just because the ending could have been better. I do not regret reading the book I am actually kind of glad I read it. I would recommend it to other readers.
MY44 More than 1 year ago
Life is hard and even though you are against all odds, sometimes, giving up always makes things worse. Lil J saw everyone around him, those who lived near him, and looked like him, end up being nothing. His mom's depression and painful illness led his grades downwards but through it all he still had hope. But failing school soon let that hope leave him and he ran away from his problems by using drugs, because that was what everyone expected of him. Giving up always makes things worse. Even when life is so unbearable that you don't have a choice. Eventually, Lil J got in with the wrong crowd and was blamed for a crime he didn't commit. His friend, Kelly, was a halucination, who showed him courage and traded places with Lil J. Kelly was murdered by the cops in a bluntly unrealistic ending. Lil J got a second chance and made things right, but in real life you don't always get a second chance. This book helped me realize what an unbearably painful life some underprivileged kids have to face daily. It's so unreal and made me thankful for all I have. Colleen Y.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers tells the story of a boy, Lil J., who gets into some trouble after a deal goes completely wrong. Things start taking a twist when Lil J. starts stealing pain pills from his mom too keep him relaxed but he notices that they are running short on cash but his friend, Rico, has an idea on how to get some. It is supposed to be an easy deal but turns out the buyer is an undercover cop. With a gunshot wound to Lil J's arm, Rico in jail, and a police officer clinging to life, Lil J. is starting to get dope sick. Lil J. would give anything to change what had just happened, and when he runs into an abandoned house, his wish might actually come true. This book was easy to read and kept me guessing every chapter I read. The characters were very interesting and a little unusual at the same time. You never know what idea Lil J. will come up with to try and fix the huge mistake he just made. The book has twists and turns which I like because it makes the book more interesting and fun to read. I would recommend this book for young teens who are looking for a book that will keep you on the edge. Chandler Mae Bischoff I am a student at Hewitt Trussville High School in Alabama.
TakenForever More than 1 year ago
I love Walter Dean Myers so much!!!He is the only author that gets into real depth with a situation,very much in the hood.Even though the tilte is misunderstood by the people that i used to hang out with,i thought that the book was overall VERY worth reading.I almost cried at the end when the police killed the boy(forgot his name)at the end of the book because lil J was scared to go out there.The police thought that the boy had a weapon in his hand when it was really a remote to a TV.I felt that the dude did a huge favor for lil J and he should be very grateful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The guy name kenny is really creepy it dont make no sence to be that creepy no wonder he doesnt have friends he just sit in front of the tv and showing people there future and ther past but all and all a really good book.!!!!!!!! This was post by kiarah lemon love u all !!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book! I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know much about this author, but I do know that it sounds out to be a good book, but I must say that it isn't all that!.......then I will post again Devotion143
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
( me too gtg c ya tmorw )
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Dont get how thats funny but whatever
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Is there?
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Should be a movie
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This has became my new favorite book, i love walter dean myers
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