The Degenerates

The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann
J. Albert Mann
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
May 21, 2021

This book is realistic fiction. The main characters of this book are Maxine, London, Alice, and Rose (Maxine’s sister). The main characters want to get out of the place they are trapped in (The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded) because they are diagnosed as morons, imbeciles, and idiots because of something “bad” they did. Their parents dropped them off there because they didn’t want them, and the main characters know that they won’t come back. That is why they don’t see a reason to leave.  London tries to get out but she gets caught on a farm she ran to for food and water. London tries again at Christmas and succeeds but doesn’t find her parent and goes back because she doesn’t see a point to keep running away. The third time they try to run away, they all work together (except for Rose because she is sick).  Maxine wants to wait for her sister to get better but London convinces her that she will stay with Rose. Alice and Maxine succeed in getting out and they find London’s mom and live with her.   

My opinion of this book is good. I really did like it, even though it did have some cuss words in it.  If you look past that, I thought the book was a story about working together, not giving up, and looking past on what you see on the surface of a person. We should work together more because you may be able to complete an assignment on your own but working together will 1. Get it done faster, and 2. It will be more fun.

Written by
Laura M.

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