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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

By Sanyika Shakur, a.k.a Kody Scott

Reviewed by Shanera J.

The book Monster is an autobiography of an L.A gang member, which details his story about his role as a gang member. The speaker expresses what it takes to become dedicated to the gang and also roles in becoming a member of a set (gang). Kody Scott a.k.a Monster entered the gang life at the age of 11. With the support from his brother lil Monster, china and the set, he manages to run the streets representing Eighties Trays. He later struggles keeping his hood (community) stable, distracted by problems that never left him. How will he manage to survive and get out of the situation that he is in; will he succeed?

The quote “can’t stop, won’t stop” is quite interesting. I admire this quote because it can have two meanings, both positive and negative. Positively because you maybe can’t stop ; for example an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Negatively because if you are able to stop and you choose not to, that too can lead to serious issues.

This is a good book in my opinion. I recommend this book to those who are interested in gang life, stories, point of views, and expression.

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