Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A to Z Challenge 2015: Y - Yummy

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Only one more day!

If you've made it this far, you might as well start celebrating.

This is a graphic novel I haven't actually read yet, but I've read other volumes of Neri's work, and he's a very talented author.

So, today's 2015 April A to Z Blogging Challenge story for the letter Y:

Yummy

Here is the summary, from Goodreads:

In August of 1994, 11-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer — nicknamed for his love of sweets — fired a gun at a group of rival gangmembers, accidentally killing a neighborhood girl, Shavon Dean. Police searched Chicago’s southside for three days before finding Yummy dead in a railway tunnel, killed by members of the drug gang he’d sought to impress. The story made such an impact that Yummy appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, drawing national attention to the problems of inner city youth in America.

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty relives the confusion of these traumatic days from the point of view of Roger, a neighborhood boy who struggles to understand the senseless violence swirling through the streets around him. Awakened by the tragedy, Roger seeks out answers to difficult questions — was Yummy a killer or a victim? Was he responsible for his actions or are others to blame?

Author: G. Neri

That's it! Please come back tomorrow for the final day!

10 comments:

Timothy Brannan said...

I had just moved to Chicago when this happened.

I would say it was such a tragedy, but every death is a tragedy. This was a senseless murder. Both murders.

What I find disappointing is everyone forgets about Shavon Dean.

Yummy gets martyred. Shavon gets forgotten.

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Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
2015 A to Z of Vampires
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That really happened? That's sad.

T. D. Harvey said...

What a terrible and pointless story. So very sad. Perhaps more so because, as Timothy says, Shavon is forgotten.

Sounds like an interesting novel.

TD Harvey
A to Z participant
http://www.tdharveyauthor.com

T. D. Harvey said...

What a terrible and pointless story. So very sad. Perhaps more so because, as Timothy says, Shavon is forgotten.

Sounds like an interesting novel.

TD Harvey
A to Z participant
http://www.tdharveyauthor.com

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

How heartbreaking.

Jean M Cogdell said...

Violence is always so sad. Good post

diedre Knight said...

If only those who cause such heartache could feel the pain of those they hurt. Sounds like a good book - glad you shared!

cleemckenzie said...

It's a terrible cycle, and I don't know how we're ever going to stop it. We have so many marginalized youth in our society.

Stephen Tremp said...

I agree with the above comment. Not much to add to it.

Carrie-Anne said...

That was one of the books we had to choose from in one of the units of my YA Lit class, I think in non-fiction or graphic novel. It looked like an interesting book, though it wasn't one of the ones I chose.