Hey everyone! Just catching up on some of my reviews and today we’re looking at Screwed by Ronnie Thompson. I read this back in January after finding it at a second hand bookstore. It peaked my interest straight away, I love ‘real life’ stories that feature prisons, hospitals, GPs, etc. I love getting a look at the lives they lead.
I have really mixed emotions about this book. On one hand, it was a great read and I couldn’t put it down. I have a huge interest in these real life ‘on the job’ kind of books so when I saw this it instantly got my interest, like I said.
What I did enjoy was the brutal honesty. Ronnie doesn’t stop at anything, he will tell you exactly how it is, even when he’s the one in the wrong. It was really interesting to get that perspective of inside a prison, how it actually runs and how the officers are treated. At the start, he tells you about an event that happened. You don’t find out the result of this until the last chapter. So he essentially takes you back in time, through his journey from training right up and through, leading up to this event. You can feel his emotion and passion for his job.
It was a different ‘layout’ to what I’m used to. Generally, these kinds of books have a chapter per story. But this was one flowing story, following him from start to where he is now.
What I didn’t like. Firstly, the language in this is really extreme and takes a bit of getting used to. I’m glad that he doesn’t sugarcoat it, but especially at the start it’s a bit much and might put people off the book. The language does get a lot better as the book moves on, it’s a lot less frequent. He also tends to always call women “birds”. This is just a personal pet peeve.
All that aside, I did enjoy the book. He does have some others out, I might check them out too.
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