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I have just finished the autobiography A Rock and a Hard Place by Anthony Godby Johnson a then fourteen year old boy This is one of the best school - related books I have read yet It is a tale of a boys life from being beaten and sexually abused to finding a new loving family to take care of him to his discovery of having AIDS but he does this all in a upbeat non-self pity tone While not one of the best written stories I have read because of its frequent jumps forward and backward in his life this book will change your view of both AIDS and child abuse almost immediately upon opening the book It is obvious not too far into the book that Anthony is not the best of writers but this is expected he wrote this when he was only fourteen and had to write it now because he didntdoesnt have that long to live It is not well written but the amount of raw emotion pumped into every page in this book is amazing Any normal person would have easily broken under such a tremendous mental burden You feel as if you ARE Anthony as he watches all of the people closest to him die lose hope or just be crushed from unfortunate circumstances into homelessness When I read this book I wasnt looking at printed words on pages I was hearing the subway as I rode it in the night with my best friend to fall asleep I was reading my best friends suicide letter to me because he couldnt live in a world without me when I told him I have AIDS Because of the compelling force in this story many people think that this is actually a fictional story and that Tony doesnt exist Even if it is fiction but I think its non-fiction the author of the book should be commended for being able
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