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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.

1 comment:

BrandiRae said...

There were two women who were 18 at the time of their crime, and 2 women who were 19 at the time of their crime (as well as many in the 20-23 range-which is older than the book was covering).
I just felt like an afterward should have been added that crimes that lead to death row sentences is not solely commited by young men; and while there are far fewer cases of young women commiting said crimes, it does happen.