Kindness for Weakness – Shawn Goodman

kindness for weaknessWhen James’ older brother gives his mother an ultimatum, the boyfriend or him, he moves out leaving James alone to deal with the abusive boyfriend and a mother that has checked out long ago.  James’s brother, whom he idolizes, has become a drug dealer and enlists James’s help in deliveries.  He is quickly arrested and at 16 finds himself in a juvenile detention facility.  Abandoned by everyone, his mother, his brother, he reaches out to a favorite teacher and receives encouraging letters from him.  The guards are abusive, violence abounds, and teens die.  This is a ‘scared straight’ type of book and very well written.  Gritty, dark, and rough.  Highly recommend for older teens.

NetGalley review     Publication date 5.14.13

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