Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra

I have been back and forth about posting this review. It’s a good book, but it’s dark, and violent. And I’m just not sure if it’s want people to read about right now. So, here’s your warning, I guess.


This book is presented as fact, but according to Wikipedia, no evidence can be found to prove it. So, I guess it’s fiction.  The story concerns four boys: John, Tommy, Michael, and the narrator, Shakes. They are best friends, growing up in Hell’s Kitchen in the 60s. Life at home is hard, so they pull pranks and get into trouble (like boys do). Then one prank goes horribly wrong, and they are sent away. That’s part one.

Part two finds the boys at a home for boys in Upstate New York. They try to stick together and help each other out, but it’s miserable. As a juvenile hall would be. There’s abuse- mental, physical, and sexual. (I warned you.) I had to skip a bunch of stuff in this section.

Part three, and the boys are all grown up. Two are on trial. It’s up to the other two to rescue them.

Like I said, this is a very good book, but it’s dark. Dark. This book will drag you down into a deep dark twisted place and punch your soul in the nuts.


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