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Saint Iggy
Saint Iggy
Author: K. L. Going
I am not so bad a person once you get to know me.      When Iggy Corso gets kicked out of high school, there's no one for him to tell. His mother has gone off, his father is stoned on the couch, and the phone's been disconnected, so even the social worker can't get through. Leaving his public housing behind, Iggy ventures into the ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780152057954
ISBN-10: 0152057951
Publication Date: 9/1/2006
Pages: 272
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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daredevilgirl013 avatar reviewed Saint Iggy on + 746 more book reviews
Very touching book and very true to life.

Iggy is a crack baby, his dad is a user and alcoholic, and so is his mother. Yet somehow Iggy isn't a user. Though people misunderstand him due to his developmental problems from being a crack baby, he really has a wonderful heart. He just doesn't understand or really know better when things go bad for him.

This book does have some strong language in parts, but if you were to see this in real life or hear it, no one is going to be standing there and not cuss or scream or hit or look like they walked off the red carpet from an awards show. It's going to be just like the book portrays it.

And have your tissues ready. That's all I'm gonna say.

But if you want a book that draws you in and keeps you there and makes you feel like you know the character, pick this book up.
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Iggy Corso isn't a bad kid. He's not that bright, and he often does and says things long before thinking through the consequences of his actions, but he isn't inherently bad. Iggy is the product of his upbringing, which includes an alcoholic father, a junkie mother, and life in the projects. His school file is crammed with notations regarding his run-ins with security, teachers, and the principal. But this time, Iggy's been expelled from high school pending a hearing with the Superintendent, and there's no one around for him to tell--no one around, in fact, to even care.

Iggy, though, has a plan. He'll contribute to the world, will somehow make a difference in these few short days before Christmas and his school hearing, and convince everyone--from his parents to Principal Olmos--that they were wrong about him. The first part of Iggy's plan involves getting out of the Projects, so he goes to the only other place he knows, which is the dump where his friend Mo lives. Mo was kicked out of college, where he was studying pre-law, for smoking pot, and now he lives in an apartment with a broken window and ratty furniture, alternately stoned and renouncing all material hings. But Iggy needs Mo's help to get him back into school, so he follows him along when Mo decides to get a line of credit on some pot.

Iggy doesn't do drugs. Everything thinks he does, because of his home life, but being born addicted to crack did more to Iggy than just slow down his brain. He's seen firsthand how it affects his family, especially his mother, who has been gone for months now "visiting" someone. He's seen Freddie, his father's dealer, break his father's fingers when his dad didn't have the money to pay for his drugs. So although Iggy doesn't do drugs, he goes along with Mo when he needs some pot--and realizes that his plan isn't going very well when Mo goes straight to Freddie. When Mo gets his pot, along with some other "free samples" on a line of credit, Iggy realizes that getting back into school might be the least of his problems.

But now it's Mo's turn for a plan--he needs a couple grand to pay off Freddie, so he'll go to his mother, who has more money than she knows what to do with. But that doesn't turn out exactly right, either, and soon Iggy is involved in yet another scheme involving drugs, a dealer, and a friend. For Iggy, who isn't a bad kid but also isn't Mother Teresa, there's a fine line between contributing to the world and making something of yourself.

SAINT IGGY is a great, heartbreaking read. From the beginning, you can't help but wish a better life for Iggy, all the while knowing, somehow, that things aren't going to end up the way you want them to. Iggy is a boy who has somehow fallen through the cracks, and yet he manages to bring a sense of hope to every situation he finds himself in. Ms. Going has done a wonderful job of bringing Iggy Corso to life, and you'll be forever grateful for the chance of getting to know him.