The book Monster The Autobiography Of An L.A. Gang Member, by Sanyika Shakur, also known as Kody Scott or Monster follows the life of a young gang member of the Crips and his experiences in South Central Los Angeles. Kody Scott joins the Crips during sixth grade and soon acquires the nickname “Monster” due to his actions in the gang. This autobiography is also a window into what life in prison is life for a black man. Throughout the book the reader experiences parts of the author’s life as a gang member, prisoner, father and son.
In my opinion, this book is a great read for anyone looking to better understand the life of someone who grew up in a gang. It does an amazing job showing the truths of South Central Los Angeles and the crimes committed there. This book would be great for readers looking to see the perspective of other people. All 383 pages were very interesting for me to read, making this book extremely hard to put down. The style of writing is easy for any adult or young adult to understand.
Reviewed by Zadoorian, Grade 12
Downtown Central Library