Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Review: Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
by G. Neri
illus. by Randy DuBurke
Eleven-year old Roger is trying to make sense of his classmate Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's death, but first he has to make sense of Yummy's life. Yummy could be as tough as a pit bull sometimes. Other times he was as sweet as the sugary treats he loved to eat. Was Yummy some sort of monster, or just another kid? As Roger searches for the truth, he finds more and more questions. How did Yummy end up in so much trouble? Did he really kill someone? And why do all the answers seem to lead back to a gang-the same gang to which Roger's older brother belongs? Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a compelling graphic dramatization based on events that occurred in Chicago in 1994. This gritty exploration of youth gang life will force readers to question their own understandings of good and bad, right and wrong.
I didn't really enjoy this graphic novel all that much.
I think it's an important topic, and one that many teens can relate to, but I just didn't connect to it all that much. I didn't really like the illustration style, either. I think I had such a hard time with this book because found Yummy to be a character I couldn't really muster all that sympathy for...