There are only a few books I was forced to read in high school that I actually enjoyed reading at the time. I’ve came to love most of them in college, but in high school I either couldn’t relate to them or simply didn’t have the patience to read them. Monster wasn’t like that, it was engaging, action-packed and INTENSE. For once I actually read ahead in class, and it helped develop my love of literature!
If you’re looking for something to read after falling in love with Monster, I HIGHLY recommend When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds. Just like Monster, When I was the Greatest follows a character who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and is left to deal with the aftermath.
In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding read” captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.
A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.
Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt.
And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it.
Yeah, it’s cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should’ve been—where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.