The Beast

ImageThere are many typical features of a WDM book in this story – urban setting, conflicted male protagonist, basketball references, etc. – but this is Walter Dean Myers at his most poetic.

A high-schooler from Harlem gets a scholarship to a New England boarding school, leaving behind his family and friends as well as a very fragile girlfriend. Returning home for winter break, he finds himself unsure of his place in the world. It seems the people and places have all changed in his absence. 

Myers deftly and lyrically provides an intimate view of people and neighborhoods. We feel the tenderness, anxiety, and passion of young people navigating new adult terrain. This is a beautifully written and moving story told in the classic WDM tradition.



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