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Rk there were a few flashbacks but the story was carried forward by the passage of time We new he d either get out of jail or be sent to prison We The Berlin Airlift knew he d eventually be arrested and go to jail Wenew he grew to at least the age of sixteen All of this pulls the reader along We are also pulled along by the uestion of what exactly happened since he teases us by referring to the day he set the school on "fire and the night the police chased down he and his friend "and the night the police chased down he and his friend before he actually tells the eventsThis book is not for the faint of heart but it s definitely worth the read So I was strolling in the YA section of my local library one afternoon after work and saw this book I didn t even read the inside flap before I new that I would give it a chance Anyway I m glad I didThis is a nonfiction memoir about a year that the author served in prison at the age of 16 for armed robbery In between the chapters of the descriptions of mind numbing dullness of prison life there are chapters that detail the author s life leading up to his crime which are highly disturbing to say the least The author s childhood was very dysfunctional with incidences such as the torture of animals casual violence underage sex and racism His lack of conscience as he does these things and other forms of cruelty made him an unlikable person yet I realized early on that he is just as much of a victim as a villain here Nathan s father is abusive as well beating and psychologically tormenting his familyAlthough this book is labeled YA I wouldn t recommend it for everyone in that age range Nor would I advocate taking any of the brutal details out either as they re absolutely critical in understanding why the author ended up in prison The only thing I didn t like about this book is the way that the emotional change of the author was portrayed here While we now that prison did change him and he s certainly not the same as before very few details are given on when and how the exact moment of this realization occurs For a person as rotten as the author was these details are important Definitely do recommend this book Not for the faint of heart though There are absolutely no uotes that I wanted to save from this book which is a rarity I am happy the young man turned his life around while he was in jail and was horrified at the things he did growing up uick read memoir Chapters alternate between nate s life leading up to
his crime and imprisonment and then his time in prison His childhood will break your heart Some mentions of prison crime and imprisonment and then his time in prison His childhood will break your heart Some mentions of prison mostly nate s fear of it not graphic Also mentions of violence alcohol use guns and sex but again not graphic or gratuitous Interesting but I didn t feel that Nate s life change to a presumably law abiding educated well adjusted member of the community was very well explained considering that he was sociopathic until he served his year in prison was the incarceration sufficient to cause him to completely change If so why is there so much recidivismThis book was shelved in the TEEN section at the Marion library I was flabbergasted OMG I hardly think the material presented here is suitable fodder for young minds at least those younger than sixteen or so unless they are unusually mature Nate is one of those people who can t seem to utter a complete sentence without including a four letter word He Ough reading and reflection he comes to see that his life can be different from all he's nown up to this pointNathan's story of his year in jail and the life that led him there combine to create a powerful portrait of an American youth gone bad and a moving story of redempti. Good Behavior by Nathan L Henry is a good book to read I Thin This Because Its this because its entertaining and it shows you how bad prison really is It goes into a lot of detail about what goes on in there I feel like after you read this it will make you think twice about your actions because they may lead you "to prison and reading thi Good Behavior by Nathan L Henry is a memoir of the authors year he "prison and reading thi Good Behavior by Nathan L Henry is a memoir of the authors year he in prison for armed robbery at the age of 16 while also jumping back to his life leading up to it and what caused him to become what he was when he committed his crime This book is a great memoir and is one of the few non fiction books that has ept me interested and ept me readingHowever this book is not suitable for all ages This book is heavily focused on Henry s childhood which is not a healthy one Topics such as the brutal details of illing woodland animals underage sex and prostitution fighting rapes murder and racism are all but common in this book Henry does not spare any detail talking about the events that shaped him into the Soul Drinker (Soul Drinkers, kid who robbed a gas station at gunpoint before getting into a car chase in a car he stole from his parents While these parts are graphic and vulgar they are crucially important to the story at hand and important to us as the reader to get a grasp on the character that is Nathan L HenryHowever the book is not without its flaws One of the biggest flaws that I ve seen the most criticism on is sadly the lack of visible character growth In his time as a prisoner we see him as a racist sexist bloodthirst teen then a calm collected but still prone to anger inmate and then suddenly he s reformed with absolutely no explanation behind it We re led to believe that his time in prison changed him but aside from the lack of his vulgarity due to his limitations we see no real change He doesn t visibly grow enough for us to relate with it As he skips through his time at prison focusing on his time leading up to it he never really elaborates enough on his growth for us to realize he s growing Nonetheless the time he spent in prison has though not shown well enough changed him Aside from this admittedly major flaw I still say that Nathan L Henry s novel Good Behavior was a phenomenal Non Fiction book thatept me reading to the very end and even coming back for I would heavily recommend it to anyone who seems interested in this book and can tolerate the heavy vulgarity In my opinion if the glaring weakness that this book has was resolved it would be a perfect book in my eyes Pairing and Overview I will pair the book Good Behavior by Nathan Henry with the book Monster Both texts depict a young adu Nathan Henry got lucky He had grown up in a small town in an atmosphere of fear and had a well developed sense of self preservation and a penchant for violence He identified as a bad ass and a Satanist and cultivated the personality to go along with the tough image He was headed for serious trouble and when he was caught for armed robbery he spent a year in county jail Because of his age and the
of his crime Nate was tried as an But thanks to his lawyer and an understanding judge he was able to serve his sentence in the county jail where he was Foxmask (Saga of the Light Isles, kept relatively isolated from other offenders instead of going I just finished reading the book Good Behavior by Nathan L Henry Jailed at age sixteen for armed robbery Nathan Henry was theind of teenager most parents and teachers have nightmares about His crime was the culmination of a life lived on the edge guns and drugs sex and violence all set against the ordinary backdrop of a one stop light to. Or my PIG class This is a memoir about main character Nate Henry who is 16 years old He tells the story in first person about his life in jail from armed robbery and his rough life that led him there Every other chapter is what he s currently doing while every other chapter is a flashback to his rough childhood Nate grew up with his parents and his brother I think that Nate s father is at fault for his psychotic issues Throughout his flashbacks Nathan describes how his dad got entertainment out of scaring him when he was 5 saying how people will come And His Letters Grew Colder kill him in his sleep His dad also expected violence and thought that homicide was humorous Nate s fathers stories gave him psychotic paranoia which turned into fear then anger then frustration Sooner later he got a fetish for weapons just like his dad Nate started imagining himself as Hitler while having thoughts aboutilling animals ids and bombing the school While also dealing with his crazy father Nate s mother was the only one that worked and they weren t wealthy at all They barely had anything Throughout the story Nate comes in contact and deals with many other guys in prison that have done way worse things than him Dealing with these people Nate realizes how he becomes ashamed and realizes he doesn t want to waste the rest of his life in prison While in prison Nate read a lot of books from the jail s library to make the time go by He even copied a whole book down so he could eep rereading it While doing this he explained how a whole new world opened up for him with writing and he wanted to be a part of it This is where he started writing a story which is now published as his memoir Good Behavior I definitely think that Nate s father was the reason he had psychological issues and through the memoir he realized how that s affected him all his life I wish Nate realized that before he wound up in jail but I m glad he did when he was still young and even though he was in jail he didn t let that get the best of him and give up on life Instead he tried to turn himself around Being Nate s age I think this was a great book and I recommend it It only took me 3 days to read and it ept making me want to read It has a uniue writing style with the flashbacks and it shows how bad people are bad for a reason and everyone has a story It s a great book with a good life lesson GOOD BEHAVIOR a memoir by Nate Henry tells
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story of his year in jail for armed robbery This was an adult jail but "Nate was only sixteen was no stranger to trouble and in this memoir "was only sixteen was no stranger to trouble and in this memoir alternates chapters among "His Year In Jail The Year Leading "year in jail the year leading to his crime and scenes from earlier in his childhood that somewhat explain how a boy from a one stop light town in rural Indiana finds himself in this predicament It is gritty graphic and often disturbing I found parts of it nearly impossible to read but was drawn through it by the hope that he would find a way out I won t spoil it but let s just say that the jail librarian is instrumentalWhat I took from this book than the story itself was the way in which it was told He maintained a primarily chronological structure in the alternating chapters so although the book jumps back and forth in time the reader always nows where she is because he tells the different stories in a this happened then this happened order Within this framewo. Wn in rural Indiana Nate's personal history is both disturbing and fascinating A rough childhood becomes an adolescence full of half realized violent fantasies that slowly build to the breaking point But these scenes alternate with chapters about Nate's time in jail where thr. .
the story of his year in jail for armed robbery This was an adult jail but Nate was only sixteen