This story takes place in the notorious San Quentin prison. "Tookie" tells the hard times of having to be in prison for the rest of his life and being on death row and how that effects others. He was involved in a gang as a teenager and wants nothing more but to help other teens in making the right decisions about life and being in gangs. When you read this story you will be greatly appreciated with the home you have you will learn how prison can greatly effect your life and others. I recommend teenagers to read this book because it really takes an effect on you and teaches you to not brake the law. This book is a very short read but there is a lot you learn. When you read this book it's in the form where "Tookie" is talking and is the narrator of the story. Here is a quote that he said in his book about being alone in a cell: "To get a feel for what it's like to live in a prison cell, test yourself. Spend ten hours nonstop alone in your bathroom".