Saturday, February 13, 2010
No Choirboy, by Susan Kuklin
Disturbing and sad non-fiction YA book about teens on death row. Their stories, as told to the author, generally painted horrific pictures of early life without hope or meaning, and each had an awful sense of inevitability. While the book was good, and well told, I (obvs) found it wildly depressing, as I am sure it should be.
Another thing, a point from the excellent and astute Brandi-Rae, is that Kuklin didn't interview any female teens on death row- and Brandi-Rae says there are some, and that is an omission worth noting. I would like to add that I didn't look to see if there are female teens on death row, but that I believe Brandi when she says something like that, because I know she looked to find out and that I couldn't bear to. Sad, harrowing, bleh.