A teenage boy faces difficult decisions as he tries to free himself from his gangrace tensions are heating up in Marrickville, and the media want a gang war so badly that they nearly start one. As Mitch looks back on his time as former leader of the Tunderjets, he tells the searing story of a scene that in some ways, no matter how hard you try, you can never leave....
|Title||:||Boyz 'R' Us|
|Format Type||:||Other Book|
|Number of Pages||:||587 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Boyz 'R' Us Reviews
Mitch is surprised, playing truant from school, to find himself alone in the takeaway where the Thunderjets usually hang out. He’s even more surprised to find that the reason he’s alone is that the gang is down the park, eager for a fight he hasn’t been told about — a challenge for his leadership of the Thunderjets.Brutal and ambitious, Barry Wheeler is stunned when Mitch refuses to fight. Mitch may not want to be involved with the gang anymore but Wheeler wants two things: revenge and respect. He can’t get either if Mitch simply hands him the leadership and walks away, intent on getting his life back on track. With ruthless cunning, Wheeler indulges in a spree of violence, blackmail and bribery to try to coerce Mitch back into the twilight underworld where fear rules. The more Mitch tries to distance himself from the drugs, fighting and drinking, the further he is drawn back into a world he starts to realise is about lonely, insecure kids yearning for power. Boyz ‘r’ us is a compassionate but arrestingly honest portrayal of a teen who makes all the wrong choices when his mother dies, his father turns to drink for solace and his brother and sister are wrapped up in their own grief. Mitch’s growing maturity of vision is matched by the complexity of his loyalties to friends and family. He faces increasing difficulty as he tries to resolve the problems of his life, only to find them escalating out of control. The counterpoint of light and dark, innocence and corruption, hard-core violence and hard-won forgiveness, gang oaths and promises of friendship, anger and laughter, death and life, all combine to make this searing account a truly brilliant read. Monk scores.
Like my previous review, this was given to me at Grade 9 (I'm glad 2 years have passed since then).Basically this book is about a teenage delinquent who all of a sudden changes and wants to leave that part of his life. He then seems to somehow change his mind back and forth throughout the book as to whether he wants to be back in the gang or stay out of there.The book never does give any insight into what changes Mitch's mind in the first place or what kind of person he was before then. I wouldn't mind seeing a few chapters or so of showing what kind of person he was, then having an epiphany about the whole thing. That would have made a good book.This book is not really that entertaining or worthwhile to read, at least for me anyway. But it wasn't awful.
Another great Scott Monk story, about the tensions within gang life. I found it very interesting as it shows another book on bad boys but also how they want to stop playing that role. Mitch is a loveable character and I find myself feeling sorry for him in many parts of the book as he's tied between sticking with his friends or doing what he really wants. It's a great story about growing up and being who you truly want to be