Not Guilty

Not Guilty

by C. Lee McKenzie

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"NOT GUILTY is a compelling, engrossing, and ultimately uplifting and rewarding read. I couldn't tear myself away!"
—Cheryl Rainfield, author of Scars, Stained, Hunted and Parallel Visions.

A blood-smeared knife. One young man’s word against another. A lifetime dream crushed.

The evidence points to Devon Carlyle. He was there when it happened. Everyone knows he had it in for Renzo Costa. And Costa says Devon was the one. In the judge’s rap of a gavel Devon’s found guilty of assault. The star of the Oceanside High’s basketball team loses his shot at the one thing he’s worked so hard for—the championship game where college scouts could see how good he is.

Now he makes his great shots in Juvenile Hall with kids far different from those that have always been in his life.
Angry? Hell, yes.

He’s bent on finding who did the crime. He’s bent on making them pay because he’s Not Guilty.

But can he prove it?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163343072
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Publication date: 10/25/2019
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 559 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

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Not Guilty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mysticbaby1991 19 days ago
For a young adult novel, I was really impressed with Not Guilty. C. Lee McKenzie is not an author I've read before. But in terms of writing style, this book was easy to follow along and at times I honestly forgot I was reading about a teenage boy and not an adult man. Devon Carlyle, as a junior in high school, believes he's at the top of his "career". He's got a great family, the girl who understands him, and he's the star player on the basketball court. He's also on the fast track to getting noticed by scouts to obtain a basketball scholarship for college. However, everything changes for him in one day. Now he no longer has the girl and now he's fighting for his innocence when a fellow Oceanside citizen is stabbed and left for dead on the beach. Devon may have been on the beach, his fingerprints may have been on the bloodied knife, and he may have had a previous altercation with the victim, but that doesn't mean Devon is guilty of the crime. In Not Guilty, Devon must prove his innocence when nobody else believes him. I especially liked how he changed as a person and no longer hung with "friends" because they were in his circle or played basketball with him. His whole attitude changes when he is found guilty and forced to serve 5 months in juvenile hall. The side characters, Tats, Chewy, and Ice were especially great in that they helped Devon even when they were no longer together. They helped show him that there are times when anger and revenge are not the answer to a problem and helped him in times when he felt like he would never find the evidence he needed to prove his innocence.
WriterDiane 20 days ago
This story about a young man falsely accused of a crime disturbed me. The author made the situation in juvie so real I had to put down the book. But the story was so well written I had to find out what happened to Devon. My persistence was rewarded. As the story unfolded, the characters became real to me. The situations Devon and his family encountered were equally realistic. Devon's obsession with discovering the true culprit "forced" me to keep reading. I had to know if he would be successful. Young readers and adults will find the book compelling.
Christine_Kohler 20 days ago
NOT GUILTY by C. Lee Mckenzie (Overnight Teen, 2019) is a compelling suspense novel for teens of both genders. It is also accessible and appropriate for middle grade readers. There is no violence on-stage, and no sex, or gratuitous profanity. Devon, 17, is accused and found guilty of a serious crime. He insists he is not guilty. Although in the second half of the book Devon attempts to find the real perpetrator of the crime, what I found most compelling was the account of what happened to Devon because of being found guilty. Without giving away spoilers, the author shows a realistic picture of life in juvenile detention, and, later, under parole. The characters are multi-dimensional as the story shows the emotional impact of how others treat Devon as a result of having been accused of the crime. I highly recommend NOT GUILTY for pre-teens and teens. It would be an excellent addition to school libraries. I was given a copy of an ARC for a fair and unbiased review.
44Boys 21 days ago
As a licensed social worker and former child advocate, I was impressed with the dimension the author gave to the main character. As in real life, there were plenty of times when Devon (the MC) did things that weren't smart that exacerbated his troubles or failed to ask for help that would have helped get him out of the dilemma he found himself in. But that's real life. Teens don't always do the smartest thing and are often ruled more by emotion than from wisdom. I enjoyed the characters and was eagerly rooting for them from the beginning to the end. Well, all of them but the girlfriend. No love for a girl without any loyalties. I knew Devon would have to be exonerated, but wasn't sure how or if he'd learn to find himself a better group of friends who would support him through thick and thin. That was my favorite mystery in the story.
Anonymous 24 days ago
All Devon wants is to find his girlfriend and reconcile with her after a big misunderstanding. What he doesn’t realize is that in his search, he’s stumbled into a crime scene and he will later be accused of a violent assault. But he’s not guilty so of course he’s never going to end up in juvie for a crime he didn’t commit. Right? Wrong. He’s found guilty, and now he has to prove to the police, to his friends, his classmates, his girlfriend, and the whole town that he didn’t do it. Devon’s story grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go, keeping me reading long after midnight, dying to find out what happens. It’s the story of a crime, but it’s also the story of tenacity and determination and loyalty and discovering who your real friends are. Not Guilty is the most unputdownable book you’ll read this year. I received an ARC of this book, and this is my honest, voluntary review.
Beverly_Stowe 25 days ago
Have you ever been accused of something that you didn’t do? How did you prove your innocence? Or did you? Take a lie, a broken heart, and a mystery and you have a world spinning out of control. In C. Lee McKenzie’s latest novel, NOT GUILTY, Devon Carlyle has a dream. His chances are looking good to make his dream come true, until the unthinkable happens. Instead of the prospects of a basketball scholarship he ends up in Juvenile Hall although he’s innocent. Can he find a way to prove he’s not guilty? Or will he always be remembered as the boy that almost killed another boy, as well as losing his friends and the scholarship? Devon’s story touched my heart. He isn’t perfect. Who is? He has a temper that adds to his trouble. Then there’s the girl problem that he doesn’t need at this particular time in his life. Can matters get any worse? C. Lee McKenzie’s characters seem real, like the kids you might meet in you own town. They make mistakes. They laugh. They fight. They love. And I so wanted the guilty party to get what he deserved. Does he? You’ll find out when you read NOT GUILTY. I recommend NOT GUILTY for your private library and also for high school and public libraries. Happy Reading!
Anonymous 25 days ago
As a 70-something, I must admit that I don't read many Young Adult novels these days. But that could change as of right now. I’m glad I found NOT GUILTY, by C. Lee McKenzie, because just when I was starting to feel a bit past my “best if used by” date, it made me feel . . . young! What fun (and pain!) getting to be 17 again. It also made me wonder: where in the world were edgy YA books like this when I was an edgy YA? Imagine yourself a high school junior and star athlete, suddenly accused of a bloody knife attack on a student from a rival school. You didn't do it, of course, and luckily the victim recovers. Still, you're found guilty and sentenced to a term in a juvenile lockup, where your weird, streetwise roommates are far different from the kids you've always been around. To make matters worse, those faithful school chums couldn't abandon you fast enough, once the bad news broke. Will you survive five months in the slammer followed by four more on probation? Can you reclaim your life and restore friendships at Oceanside High? Most of all, can you find the real attacker and prove to one and all that you are NOT GUILTY? Don't ask me. Read the book. (Seriously, read it. Then gift it to your teenage child or grandchild. It'll give you something to bond over.) P.S. – Somewhere around the middle of the story, I was struck with the thought that it would make a terrific “Brat Pack”-type movie. I still believe that.