This is how the Amazon people titled this book as number one on the list of top 100 YA reads to read in a year. I agree with these words a little. Yes, this book sure was controversial. Alex, the main character, is an awful 15 year old kid who gets off in life beating, raping, and stealing from people just for thrills. I came to hate Alex, he didn’t really have a care in the world about the well being of others. If fact, he didn’t. And he wasn’t seen as as the villain of the story which I think is the biggest tragedy of all. I almost didn’t finish it! But finally Alex gets caught, ends up killing the old lady who he was stealing from, and is betrayed by his “broogies”. The language of the street kids was extremely difficult to get through at first, but thank you for a professor who provided a dictionary in the back which I flipped to practically every other word in the beginning. Alex is “cured” by having to look at horrible images with horrible music that he once found dear to his heart. But that cure doesn’t last and he goes back to being a sick destructive boy he had been in the beginning. I do think though that the point of the book was to show that no matter how bad a person seems to be, it is NEVER our right to try to take away the choice to be good or bad. If we do, then that person ceases to be human. That is why God gives us a choice to follow him or not. Choices are what ultimately make us who we are, whether for good or for bad or even both! That is what redeemed this book for me. For I believe that freedom of choice is also extremely important and taking that away, even to “protect others” is not right.