This was a damn good book. Steve is awaiting the trial that will determine the rest of his life. He is being tried as an accomplice to murder, and the way the story is framed through Steve's own screenplay not only makes the story very vivid, but it allows the author to leave out the actual crime- a robbery that went wrong, during which the store owner was killed.
Steve's innocence or guilt is never made clear, it is up to the reader to determine whether he is the 'Monster" of the title, but the way the legal system treats a black teenager is certainly monstrous.
Quality: 9 Popularity: 8 Overall 17
Won the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
National Book Award Finalist 1999