Walter Dean Myers
I think Steve feels that he is being treated unfairly and he doesn't want to be in jail, he wants to live his life as a normal teenager.
pg. 4 "It is about being alone when you are not really alone and about being scared all the time."
He has no friends and he is afraid for himself, and he is fighting for his life.
pg.281 "I want to know who i am"
Steve is lost in his own mind, and does not know who he is anymore, but it trying to find his way back to himself and his family.