Written by: Sanyika Shakur
Recommended by: Latoyia Edwards, evening anchor, NECN
The author "was jumped-in at age 11. At 13, he stomped a man into a coma, earning his nickname Monster, and eventually served many years behind bars. He was candid about the turmoil his family experienced because of him. And just when you thought he couldn't get more rotten, Shakur finds salvation in a dingy cell. My worldview changed forever when I accepted that redemption is possible even for a Monster."