Age Level: 12 and up
# of Pages: 183
RAC Book: Yes
Awards: Iowa Teen Award Winner 2009-2010
This true story follows three young men as they grow up in tough neighborhoods and through sheer luck manage to escape big trouble with the law. They find themselves at an informational meeting about a program that helps inner city kids become doctors. The three make a pact to see it through to the end. There are many times when one or another wants to quit and the other two have to remind him of why he wants to be a doctor. The story tells of some of the trouble these boys got into as young kids and why it is so difficult to even go to college from where they come from.
This story does try to tell the story as accurately as possible. The neighborhood friends and scrapes with the law are all mentioned in vivid detail, but in each instance they somehow manage to escape unscathed. There are many young men out there who are not so lucky. The pact was a good way to keep each other motivated and it is unlikely that all three would have succeeded without the other two. Readers who liked Hole in My Life will like this one, but the writing is not as sophisticated as that one and often details are glossed over in order to move the story along faster. An interesting story for those who like nonfiction.