As readers we always have a set of authors that we grow very fond of. Those great authors whose novels for some reason snare us into being fans forever. For me personally, Walter Dean Myers is that type of author. One of those authors who produce great novels, Myers has honed his craft of storytelling. Walter Dean Myers writes with an emotion filled style that portrays the trials and tribulations undergone by his characters. In his new book Darius and Twig, Myers answered the request of his fans by writing a story about friendship and its powerful bond.
Darius is a young guy struggling to make it in the world. Trying to provide for his emotional mother and little brother. Darius’ only means of release is through his writing and his best friend Twig. Twig, a runner on the rise, also faces some inner demons causing a strong friendship between the two. Faced with bullies, gang violence, and college, the two have to rely on each other to pull through the tough times. While not one of the more powerful novels, this book still delivers a powerful message. Using his familiar urban dialogue, he conveys a message of hope and friendship that will persevere. My only disappointment is that I wish the novel was longer. Overall, another emotional, thought provoking novel that will have readers looking into their own lives.