Guest Blogger: Jake, Grade 10
Setting(Time): Lifetime of Steve starting in the 70’s
Setting (Place): Massachusetts
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 Stars
I rated “A Chance in the World” four stars because of the story line. One person can truly overcome so much with so little. I read the book due to a recommendation from my godmother who grew up knowing the author. Knowing that made me realize that the story actually happened and that these upsetting events are all a true story.
Steve Pemberton tells his story. This story is not a happy one. Dealt a bad hand and position in the foster system with abusive parents Steve Pemberton tells the story of a boy who is ridiculed and abused. Yet, he finds seclusion in a single set of books. His goal, to find what should be his real home.
““No they don’t” I shot back. “You people took everything I loved away from me. Made me quit everything I was good at -- you even tried to take college away”” …..
““ Mike, I will do whatever I have to do. I want to be rid of them, but I will take them to court and tell the judge everything they have done to me over the years. And I pray to god he sends them to prison””
I feel that an older or more mature audience would enjoy this book. It contains events that people will need to understand the intensity of in order to fully understand and enjoy the book as it is intended by the author.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten