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Book Title: Dope Sick|
The author of the book: Walter Dean Myers
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 841 KB
Date of issue: February 2nd 2010
ISBN 13: 9780061214790
Read full description of the books Dope Sick:"I know I'm tired of thinking about what I should have done yesterday. I know I'm just tired. If I knew what to do with my life, how to fix it up, I would have done it a long time ago. You can't dig that? You think I want to live like I'm somebody's throwaway?"
—Lil J, Dope Sick, P. 46
If I said that Dope Sick is primarily a conversation (albeit an intense one) between two guys from the inner city holed up in a tiny abandoned apartment, one of the guys having been shot in the arm by an undercover cop in a drug bust gone terribly wrong, you might not be interested in reading it. The book is much more than just that, though.
Lil J is a kid from the street whose life had so many other ways it could have gone, instead of drug dealing and dropping out of school and getting shot to pieces because of a botched sting operation. There wasn't a single glaring time in Lil J's life that went awry; it was a series of connected and unconnected points at which he made the wrong choice or the wrong choice was made by those around him, and it all adds up to the undeniable truth of his current situation: he has been accused of shooting—in cold blood, no less—an officer of the law, a guy who just might die at any moment and leave the specter of the death penalty haunting over Lil J's shoulder. Furthermore, as Lil J fled the scene at which the action went down he was winged by the undercover officer's backup guy, and the health of his shot arm is now deteriorating quickly.
The thing is, Lil J didn't shoot the cop at all. He was involved in the drug deal as it was happening, but it was his partner Rico who did the shooting, hopped up on drugs that clouded his judgement. Rico has been apprehended by the authorities but he's talking, and not much of what he says seems to jibe with the truth of Lil J's being innocent of the shooting.
Lil J finds a temporary oasis in an abandoned apartment, where he meets a street guy known only as Kelly. There's something different about Kelly, though. He seems to know everything about Lil J, and he can play and replay events from Lil J's past (or potential futures) on the small television up there with the two of them in the apartment. Lil J sees what his leaving the apartment now will lead to, with cops all over the place eager to avenge the shooting of an officer, and it doesn't end well for Lil J. What about this guy Kelly, though? Could he really wield the power to offer Lil J a second chance at life?
The strength of this book is in the vivid picture it paints of the life of a desperate teenager who has somehow made a mess of his life, never wanting to choose the wrong path but somehow, over time, losing hope that any right path exists out there for him. The insight that Walter Dean Myers has into the scene is profound, and should instigate a lot of sober thought among readers. In many ways, Lil J speaks eloquently on behalf of everyone who feels as if they have slipped through the cracks of society and been given a raw deal in life, who feel as if the world has just about forced them into the kinds of negative choices that they can never take back.
I really like this book, and I'd give it two and a half stars.
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.
After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empire State College. He has been writing full time since 1977.
Walter Dean Myers
Walter has been writing since childhood and publishing since 1969 when he won the Council on Interracial Books for Children contest which resulted in the publication of his first book for children, Where Does the Day Go?, by Parent's Magazine Press. Since then he has published over seventy books for children and young adults. He has received many awards for his work in this field including the Coretta Scott King Award, five times. Two of his books were awarded Newbery Honors. He has been awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award and the Virginia Hamilton Award. For one of his books, Monster, he has received the first Michael Printz Award for Young Adult literature awarded by the American Library Association. Monster and Autobiography of My Dead Brother were selected as National Book Award Finalists.
In addition to the publication of his books, Walter has contributed to educational and literary publications. He has visited schools to speak to children, teachers, librarians, and parents. For three years he led a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Walter Dean Myers was married, had three grown children and lived in Jersey City, New Jersey. He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.
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