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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member Paperback – June 29, 2004
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Kody Scott tells with verve how he grew up to become one of L.A.'s most notorious teenage gangsters. A shocking and frightening account of boys gone mad, killing other kids for the mere fact of wearing the wrong color, or living on the wrong street corner. What sets Kody's story apart is the fact that he is a first-person narrator (albeit, it seems, with the help of a professional writer), whereas other authors have based their books about gang-life on observations and interviews. As a result, readers will learn more from Kody about gang members' motivations and feelings than they ever could from an author who has not been affiliated with gang-life him- or herself.
However, the second part of the book, Kody's description of his life in prison and his conversion to a black nationalist, is downright pathetic. He constantly blames others for the choices he made in life: His parents he calls "promiscuous" and "irresponsible", society ("the system") he accuses of "oppressing every person of color". The horrible acts of violence he has committed he plays down as "wrongdoings ... things that were morally wrong based on the human code of ethics". He tries to make his readers believe that there is an automatism: Every kid from a poor neighborhood will invariably end up as a gang member.Read more ›
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Maybe a little outdated, but it gives great insight to a gangster mentalityPublished 6 days ago by Justin Pittenger
I never realized how crazy the gang world was. I knew there was violence and drugs. But the all out war is astonishing.Published 17 days ago
Part of class assigned reading. This book was used to demonstrate the mentality of gang members and the concepts of other-ring. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jolee
A detailed memoir of a serious gang member from his perspective worth reading.Published 23 days ago by Jesus Luna
This book taught me a lot a lot of these youngstas think banging hard and its not its dumb this was a terrific book loved it.Published 2 months ago by andranique easley
Pure awesomeness. As s Chicago n cali native I loved Monsters book it tells it like it is and gives incite on what little black kids go thruPublished 3 months ago by John W. Archer
The author did a great job of making this a good read.
A lot of humor.
Very thought provoking and insightful.
I would recommend to others.