- By Kody Boye

The Diary of Dakota Hammell

  • Title: The Diary of Dakota Hammell
  • Author: Kody Boye
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Diary of Dakota Hammell Dakota Hammell was an ordinary teenager until he ran away from home at the age of sixteen but after being brutally beaten raped and left for dead there seems to be little hope in his life that is

    Dakota Hammell was an ordinary teenager until he ran away from home at the age of sixteen, but after being brutally beaten, raped and left for dead, there seems to be little hope in his life that is, until a man claiming to be a psychologist walks into the alleyway he s lying near dead in and offers him a second chance at life John tells Dakota he can stay with him as lonDakota Hammell was an ordinary teenager until he ran away from home at the age of sixteen, but after being brutally beaten, raped and left for dead, there seems to be little hope in his life that is, until a man claiming to be a psychologist walks into the alleyway he s lying near dead in and offers him a second chance at life John tells Dakota he can stay with him as long as he wants, but there s a catch For each day he stays, he has to write a journal entry about his life, his problems, and his potential future With little choice, Dakota agrees, but is wary of the situation, as past experience with strangers has shown to have negative effects But when things with John begin to work out and life becomes nothing out of the ordinary, his heart finally begins to open and his journey can finally be told A story of hope, of healing, and ultimately, of friendship, The Diary of Dakota Hammell offers a brief glimpse into a life of fractured teenager who has lost everything but his ability to write.

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    1. I want to make an important point before I go further with this review. Kody Boye is a name to watch. This author is talented! This project is an amazing concept which I feel could be honed to something far greater than it is at this moment. I took a few hours after I finished reading this book before sitting down to review it. This is a subject which hits close to home and so I have strong opinions about. I wanted to be sure that I didn't simply judge the work on how I would have handled the st [...]

    2. The Diary of Dakota Hammell by Kody Boye introduces readers to the intimately personal journal entries of teen runaway Dakota Hammell. After running away from home, Dakota is forced to do whatever it takes to survive, even if that means selling himself to make some extra cash. After a tragic event that left Dakota raped and beaten, the friendly John takes Dakota under his wing. John is a psychologist and tells Dakota that he can stay in the spare room at his house but he must earn his keep by wr [...]

    3. Well, I don't have much to say about this one. It was short, free and oh so very touching. The story of the boy is very sad, but you read what he writes while he's recovering, so it still has that tone of hope and happiness that so many of us need to read about. I just wish there was more to it, I wish it was made into a book that wasn't in "diary entry" format so I could know more, read more, the whole"show don't tell" thing applies here. It was still pretty good.

    4. This short story was what I was hoping it would be; a glimpse into the mind of a troubled young man on the journey of self-discovery. Though the ending was not quite what I expected, it was still fulfilling (view spoiler)[I supported Dakota with the psychologist because I thought they had chemistry and we got to see a lot more interaction between the two. I thought there was an unconditional bond that kept it innocent and something closer to actual love than something lust-based but his boyfrien [...]

    5. I liked the way this book was set up as a diary. It's not the first book to use this format, but it uses it well and allows an intimacy with the characters you don't normally get with other formats. I liked the slow reveal of Dakota's past and the imagery used was rather poignant in many instances. I was confused at several points about Dakota's age, after first thinking he was a minor, then later it was revealed he was closer to 19/20, then later it's stated that he's 18. The ending felt rushed [...]

    6. Dakota Hammell's story is told in a diary format. Dakota was a run away who found himself living life on the road and prostituting to get what he needed until one night he is left in an alley way beaten, raped, and left for dead. Dakota is found by a man named John who takes him into his home to care for him. John is a psychologist who sees that Dakota is in need of someone actually caring for him. To help him in his healing process he asks Dakota to write in a journal each day. Than begins the [...]

    7. “People aren’t good by nature. They’re good by nurture.” He explained that it wasn’t in our nature to be good to one another, that if that had been the case, the human race wouldn’t have survived for as long as it had. He said that had we always been nice, and had we always chose to accept one another, we would have never gotten anywhere.” Dakota Hammell, a young man, who after a tragic incident longs for self-discovery and is being helped with it by a psychologist who makes him to [...]

    8. I'm doing a reading challenge for 2015 and one of the suggestions was to read a book by an author with the same initials as you. Wasn't easy to find but then I came across this book and Kody Boye. This is a very short book and not very interesting. I found the writing to be rather pedestrian. Yes, I understand this is a diary format and is supposed to be the writing of a 19yr old, but it just wasn't very good. Especially since, in the diary entries, the writer is always telling us what a good wr [...]

    9. When Dakota Hammell, a teenage runaway who is attacked in an alley and left to die, is found by a psychologist who invites him to live at his house while he recuperates, he's not quite sure what to think. Even more curious is the deal he makes: Dakota can live there as long as he needs on the condition that he write in a journal every day. This novel is the journal that Dakota keeps and documents not only what happens as he works toward physical, emotional, and mental recovery but also his past [...]

    10. This book causes you to think not only about all the things that Dakota went through, but to look inside yourself and reflect on ways you treat others. I wish I could say I'd be as compassionate as John, but I know I don't have the skills, knowledge or fortitude to do what he did. Hopefully, on a daily basis, I can make some small, impact on someones life.There are beautifully written passages from Dakota's journal that make your heart sing, with the potential in this young man. I like to think [...]

    11. I'm in two minds whether I liked this book or not. That's why it is only getting three stars. In some aspects it was a good read. But in other aspects it was just a really simple quick read and kinda ended too suddenly for my liking. It sends a good message to people who may be struggling and helps them to understand that they are better and stronger than people treat them. For me personally I would have liked more!

    12. A well-written, concise book, that doesn't ramble on endlessly and pointlessly as some books (particularly diaries) can do.I liked the fact that Dakota knew John would be reading the diary, and still wrote whatever he was thinking and feeling about him; it allowed John to be introduced more fully into the story.Would recommend this.

    13. This book left me with many questions. Why did John trust Dakota enough to leave him in the house for three days? Why did Dakota just move in with John? How did Dakota get the $1000 in Florida? How did Dakota end up with $2000 after staying with John? Why didn't the gang rapists steal Dakota's wallet? Why was John always so tired? Has John rescued others in the way he rescues Dakota?

    14. Okay so not only is the cover amazing, the book is actually really good too! A free read on amazon, an actually believable ending, pretty good writing style, I do not see anything wrong with this book.

    15. InspiringI really enjoyed reading this book. the only thing I would change is its length. I would have enjoyed reading it for more than a couple hours. very inspirational story though.:)

    16. Not really a romance. It is a story about a man found beat up and taken in by a Dr. His story of how he came to be in that situation is vague. The ending seems abrupt and I didn't feel like I understood why the character made the decision he made.

    17. i couldn't really get through this one, i skimmed through it a bit, but overall it didn't interest me. i'll try again another time.

    18. A great quick read, that certainly packs a very big punch, whilst at the same time, leaving many questions unanswered.

    19. Such a tremendous, heatbreaking and authentic story. I've walked in Dakota's shoes and this captures it in perfect eloquence. A definite must read and an author to remember. Brilliant

    20. It was hard to put down!A very touching tale! Dakota seemed so real for me. And I had tears in my eyes at the end of the book.

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