Book Review: Better Not Bitterby Yusef Salaam

This inspirational, yet emotional rollercoaster ride is the story of Yusef Salaam, one fifth of the Exonerated Five, formerly known as the Central Park Five. They were wrongfully accused of raping a Central Park jogger and sent to adult prison, as teenagers. He takes the readers on a journey that began with a spiritual foundation. It was that string foundation that sustained him during his imprisonment, being released and trying to acclimate back into society. He talks about being imprisoned at 16 and released at 23…still with the mind of a 16 year old. I learned about the effects of his conviction on his family, his personal relationships and later, reaching out and becoming a motivational speaker to young men who may endured some of the same.

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