So I have just started this memoir called The Burn Journals which was written by Brent Runyon. It's a book about his early teen years during a time when he lost hope in himself and decided to commit suicide. Brent is one of those really smart kids, but chose to be the rocker type, listening to Motley Crue and wearing all black. People liked him, found him amusing but he mad a mistake. His attempt failed when he set himself on fire, he soon chickened out and his brother called the ambulance.
I'm reading Freedom Writer's in English class right now and I think it is a very unique book. It is really interesting learning about these people's lives and how they cope in the world. Ms. Gruwell is very creative with the ideas she comes up with to help the kids learn. Her idea of writing in journals was a great way to help the students express their feelings.