There are many characters in this book that could leave you feeling hopeless about the cycle of violence and crime that many inner-city teens face. Luckily for us, however, Walter Dean Myers has included some characters who believe in the power of second chances. While being in jail is neither glorified nor exaggerated, Myers tells it like it is, but gives us hope that his characters will have grown from their experiences and that readers will take those lessons to heart as well.
Highly recommended for gr. 9-12.