Book Summary: The Other Wes Moore

Topics: High school, Murder, Crime, Mother, Family, Abuse / Pages: 3 (620 words) / Published: Aug 19th, 2015
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore is a book about two Wes Moores who grew up similarly with the same name, but chose two different destinies as time went on. Both of them endured a life without a father figure, got into serious trouble with the police, and grew up in a poor household. The author of the book, Wes, is at first a trouble maker, doesn’t have a healthy relationship with his mother, and struggles in school. Since Wes skipped classes and let his grades slip, his mother made a tough and expensive decision to send him to Valley Forge Military Academy where he learned behavioral skills and became an overall better person. He then went off to attend Johns Hopkins and became a White House Fellow, a Rhodes Scholar, a veteran, and other honorary titles. On the other hand, the other Wes Moore got tied up with selling drugs and occasionally consuming drugs. At the age of eighteen years old, he, his brother, and two other men robbed a jewelry store. They were all caught and Wes’ was charged with first-degree felony murder since his brother shot an innocent security guard in the store. Now, Wes will spend his …show more content…
Wes Moore continually reminds us in the beginning of the book, “the chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his” (xi). I think most of their choices involved sacrifice. The other Wes Moore never made sacrifices. Selfishly, he constantly wanted money, he earned his earnings by selling drugs and by participating in shady jobs and activities. Wes Moore’s mom sacrificed her comfort to help her son and Wes followed through and sacrificed not visiting his family. It was a marvelous idea to show both lives, instead of Wes writing a book about only his accomplished life. I would definitely recommend this story to everyone, it’s eye opening and

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