The Beast

The Beast

by Walter Dean Myers

An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.Seventen-year-old Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is returning to Harlem after seven months at an exclusive prep school.

But now that Spoon is back home, he realizes how much he's come to rely on his prep-school friends and routine.

And the one thing he's looking forward to most--seeing his girlfriend, Gabi--brings him the greatest shock.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Young Adult
  • Rating: 3.66
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish Date: May 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks
  • Isbn10: 0439368421
  • Isbn13: 9780439368421

What People Think about "The Beast"

The main character, Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is a black kid from Harlem with rich parents who send him to a Connecticut boarding school for his senior year. Myers does leave the ending open, so you can draw your own conclusions about some things, but I think the denouement wasn't very realistic. His classmates at the boarding school are entitled and accustomed to luxury (which is another thing lacking explanation: Has Spoon's family always been rich? I think there's just too much crammed into the story, and that's what makes it seem less realistic.

The author really connected the reader to what the characters was thinking and feeling throughout the entire book. If Spoon felt angry, the reader felt angry.Some strategies I could take from this book to teach writing is to teach my students how to really incorporate point of view through their writings.

That made this book really good on what was happening and why. This book sounds like its a reality thing that actually happened.

I must say throughout the course of reading the text, the author truly kept me on my toes. The author truly connected with the aspects of time, setting, and characters in the text. As I read the text I found myself trying to mentally paint a picture of the characters. Author Meyers did very well tying in the aspects listed above, as a reader I look forward to being simply entertained, and continuing the text because I just have to know what is going to happen next!

Anthony Witherspoon goes away to finish out school at the Academy where he is removed from Harlem and life on the streets. After being gone for only a few months Anthony Spoon visits his high school love, Gabi, only to find she is more distant from him than he could have imagined. Anthony Spoon Life on the streets in Harlem is hard, Spoon knows that, but when he returns he is surprised at how different everything seems.

He deeply cares for his parents, friends and most importantly his girlfriend Gabi. He decides to come home for Christmas break to see his parents and his beloved girlfriend Gabi. I recommend this book to others because it explains a great story about a young boy who deeply cares for and loves his girlfriend and how he shows his love by helping her overcome and beat the beast.

I quickly became very interested in this book because the author, Walter Dean, was very detailed in his descriptions of the characters and their interactions throughout the story. (2) Use the descriptive language to depict all the aspects of a story: characters, setting, plot, and problem/solutions. Walters Dean is known for well-developed imagery and descriptive language.

Will Spoon help his friends out and kill the beast that ravages young lives in the ghetto or will he too succumb to the hardships back in New York?

The boy, Anthony, was leaving to a new high school away from his girlfriend Gabi. When Anthony had first left is when her life started getting harder. He lived his whole life in the hood in Harlem. He hates that he had to leave Gabi, but at the same time it was not hard at all for him to cheat on her. Gabi was a poetic person that worked hard and was very happy. She had a good life and then things got hard. Gabi knew they werent the answer, what she didnt know was what was next in her life and that is scary. Anthony leaves to get away from the hood leaving Gabi to be pulled into the lifestyle that the hood encourages. When Spoon, Anthony, chooses to leave Harlem, he is choosing to leave Gabi behind to fend for herself in the city. Gabi has to find her way when Anthony leaves. The book is written, in my opinion about how hard life can be and how every choice affects your life in many ways.

For one of his books, Monster, he received the first Michael Printz Award for Young Adult literature awarded by the American Library Association. For three years he led a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey. Walter Dean Myers was married, had three grown children and lived in Jersey City, New Jersey.