"I. C. U." by Al Kirkland
TITLE: I. C. U.
AUTHOR: Al Kirkland
PUBLISHED DATE: August 6, 2008
I enjoyed this book. It's a fast paced read with a lot of surprises and a lot of truths, however ugly, about life.
Darrell is a typical teen. Loves listening to loud hip hop music, sagging pants, and definitely doesn't like helping around the house, taking out the trash, and listening to his mom. His mother calls the police on him near his 18th birthday, and calls into the police that Darrell threatened her. Darrell gets a wake up call about how quick and easy it is for him to go to jail and that the police, or anyone can say anything or do anything to him, and he is powerless against it.
Still reeling from nearly going to jail for just being a teen, he meets his father in a restaurant, where his father tries to give him some manly advice about grooming himself, and helping his mother out around the house, and trying to stay ahead of her expectations so that she'll have nothing to complain about. Darrell's father also has a surprise for Darrell - a brand new black Benz that he's parked in the parking lot of the Trenton State Prison directly across the street from the restaurant - a reminder to Darrell of the kind of life he doesn't want him to lead. As they leave the restaurant to go to the car, Darrell's father is gunned down in the parking. And from there, Darrell ends up in a thrilling mess that takes him through the injustice of the criminal justice system, the callous penal system, and to the hospital bed of the man who coldly killed his father. I was on the edge of my seat to read the final verdict. This was a very gripping read.
Recommendation: Read it!
Audience: Young Adults (9th grade and up)
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