Think about adding this book to your classroom library.
Author: Jaime Adoff
The Death of Jayson Porter
Back of the Book
Sixteen-year-old Jayson Porter wants to believe things will get better. But the harsh realities of his life never seem to change. Living in the inland-Florida projects with his abusive mother, he tries unsuccessfully to fit in at his predominately white school, while struggling to maintain even a thread of a relationship with his drug-addicted father. As the pressure mounts, there's only one thing Jayson feels he has control over-the choice of whether to live or die.
My students really like this book. The crazy thing is that it is written in stream of consciousness, not a style that you would think lower level ninth graders to get turned on by. The author does an excellent job of making this style accessible and really plays it up. For example, Jayson becomes unconscious and during that part of the story there are several pages that are blacked out, since that is all that is going through his mind for a while. This is stream of consciousness, but this is not a boring As I Lay Dying.
Book rating: A