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Dope Sick Paperback – February 2, 2010
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The story was interesting, though I know the ending will not satisfy many readers -- the lady or the tiger? I thought it was great, since the book's theme is how hard it is to pinpoint the moment when things start to go wrong in one's life. The story picks up as Lil J is running from the police, having been involved in a drug deal that went bad and ended up with the shooting of an undercover cop; J (whose full name is Jeremy Dance, and that name almost gave me goosebumps, it was so good) runs into a building that seems abandoned but isn't. On an upper story, J finds a mysterious figure named Kelly, watching TV. This TV can show J's life, past, present, and possible future, and Kelly shows J exactly where he is headed and what awaits him there -- and J doesn't like what he sees.Read more ›
"'It is required of every man,' the Ghost returned, 'that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world -- oh, woe is me! -- and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!'
"Again the spectre raised a cry, and shook its chain and wrung its shadowy hands.
"'You are fettered,' said Scrooge, trembling. 'Tell me why?'
"'I wear the chain I forged in life,' replied the Ghost. 'I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?'" -- A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE, BEING A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS is a tale of social injustice and poverty, written by Charles Dickens who was forced to go to work at the age of twelve when his father was sent to debtors' prison. In A CHRISTMAS CAROL, set on Christmas Eve in Scrooge's joyless house, Marley's Ghost holds a metaphorical mirror up to Scrooge, a man who has come to care for nothing but accumulating money. Gaining self-knowledge from the experience and perceiving what is to become his own wretched fate, Scrooge comes to understand that he has the power to change himself and alter that fate. Thanks to epiphany, change, and redemption, Scrooge's own future is brighter and -- like ripples moving outward in ever-widening circles -- things will be better for everyone around him.
"Kelly talked street, but I wasn't sure. Something about him wasn't from the 'hood.Read more ›
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.
Reviewed by: LadyJay
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This is an awfully easy crowd. The 'Dope Sick I read is crazily horrible. Urban cliches abound throughout the short novel. The reader is given no insight to anyone in the novel. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Mr.Myers is my favorite author. Honestly I am 13 and I started reading his books at 10 years old. I have read and re-read almost all books. My first book by him was Lock Up. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by roat
Lil J is on the run after a drug deal gone bad. If he's caught, he's in a whole lot of trouble since an injured police officer is involved. He hides out in a stranger's apartment. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by MS
The book was great. But the ending was kind of sucked. Walter Dean Myers should make this book a novel.Published on January 22, 2013 by Benjamin Washington
Great Walter Dean Myers no sureprise here ....... has he ever written anything bad !! Not for the young teen, though.Published on December 25, 2012 by Maria Wroblewski
Myers blurs the fine line between reality and surreality in his latest. Lil J has gotten caught up in a drug deal he never intended to be a part of. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by E. Kristin Anderson
I usually cant read books mostly because they are too boring and they can't hold my attention long enough but this one did! This was an exciting book that I actually liked.Published on June 14, 2011 by Michael Lutton
I read this book in one sitting. It was an easy read even though it had a lot of dark shadows. It was a request from one of my 8th grade boys, so I wanted to read it before I put... Read morePublished on October 17, 2010 by Lynn M.
Walter Dean Myers' DOPE SICK does an excellent job of drawing you into Lil J's dangerous and disjointed world of punk dope dealers in New York City. Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by Maggie Knapp