Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri & illustrated by Randy Duburke

Bibliographic Citation:
Neri, G. (2010). Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty. New York, NY: Lee & Low Books. 978-1584302674.

Yummy tells the story of 11-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer who shot and killed his 14-year-old neighbor, Shavon Dean. It details the aftermath of the shooting and his days in hiding before he is ultimately murdered himself.

Critical Analysis & Personal Opinion:
I liked this book. I am a true crime junkie and juvenile delinquency and gang life have always peaked my interest. The story is told from the point of view of a fictional character named Roger who lives in the same neighborhood and sort of knows Yummy from school. Also, Roger’s older brother leads a similar life to Yummy. The book is Roger’s quest for truth, examining Yummy’s life to try and understand Yummy’s death.

I was already familiar with the story so I didn’t learn too much from it but it did make me think. And it was a quick read. Two things I love in books. If you’re interested in what happened to Robert “Yummy” Sandifer” check it out. This quote was really moving, “I don’t know which was worse, the way Yummy lived or the way he died.”


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