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A Good Long Way
René Saldaña Jr.
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A Good Long Way

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
"The two of you, stop it You're father and son; you should love each other," Roel howls at his father and brother as their argument turns into a shoving match. Beto is home past curfew, smelling like a cantina.

When Beto Sr. tells his son to follow the rules or leave, the boy, a senior in high school, decides to leave. But, once he has walked away he has nowhere to go so t

Paperback, 105 pages
Published October 30th 2010 by Pinata Books
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Tyler R
I have read the book “A Good Long Way” and found that it is a really good book. At first I found that the chapters are not actual chapters and that every chapter is a different character’s perspective in the book. I loved the book after I understood how the books structure worked. If I would rate this book I would give it an 8. I would give it this because the books change of perspective was a little bit tricky to know when and which character is talking.
Krista Stevens
Was suggested for ELL/SEI students. Short novel - shifting narrators, which at times was confusing. Beto and his brother, Roel, find themselves in the midst of a family conflict involving their father and the lack of respect Roel, a high school senior shows him. The confrontation and eventual reconciliation are very realistic and a rare occurrence in YA lit. Nice. Some Spanish phrases.

Jessy's home problems are more serious with a mother who won't leave an abusive father. Some interesting perspec
Dec 13, 2013 Jose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered how it would be like to run away? The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I know this because these actions could really happen in real life.
The setting of the book takes place in many places.It takes place in Beto's house,In the expressway,at Jessy's house and at there school.Beto was arguing with his dad Beto Sr about him coming in late and smelling like bear and ciggerets.So Betos little brother Roelito woke up and went outside and saw hs brother and dad fighting
Sarah Brutsch
Sep 26, 2011 Sarah Brutsch rated it really liked it
Shelves: engl-420
This is a good book and my first exposure to Latino literature. It follows the lives of three teenagers for a day--Roelito, Beto, and Jessy--as they struggle to overcome challenges with family, friends, and school. When Roelito sees his brother Beto and his father arguing on the front porch one morning, it sets off a chain of events that draws the teens lives together. Through shifting perspectives during different times of the day during which the book is set, each teen shares memories and what ...more
Ashlyn Anderson
Jun 09, 2014 Ashlyn Anderson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle graders
Shelves: ya-classroom
On March 27, three teenage narrators lend their voices to the major events of the day. Roelito and Beto are brothers; Jessy is Beto's friend from the neighborhood. After another fight with his father, Beto takes off in the night. Roelito watches him run away from home. Jessy gets involved when Beto stops by her window for advice. And so the rest of the novel continues with Jessy and Roelito commenting on the school day, and Beto eventually makes his way home. Saldaña's book is all about family r ...more
Cindy Waite
Sep 13, 2011 Cindy Waite rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-420
This is a coming of age book that the kids have to deal with parents. I really enjoyed the culture in this book, having grown up in the latino culture. The conflicts in this book between Beto and his father resounded authentically. Teenage kids trying to grow up and yet not quite mature enough to understand that rules are there for a reason. Like Beto's dad said, "Talking the talk..." Being able to have the story told by different points of view was a good technique, showing Roelito's anger and ...more
Eryc Luna
Do you like realistic fiction books because if you do you'll love this one.I think this book was one of the best books I'v read.

This book is about this kid named Beto who is trying to stop his brother and father from arguing all time but his father told Beto' brother he has to listen to his rules or leave his house.So his brother decides to run away. After his brother ran away Beto feels like he has no where to go then Beto has second thoughts about running away as well,after that he starts to
Melissa Strong
Oct 22, 2011 Melissa Strong rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-420
Saldana presents a unique and intriguing view into the lives of three South Texans during a pivotal time in their lives. Beto, Roelito, and Jessy present coming-of-age stories which will reach out to readers. Beto feels suffocated and betrayed by his father's protective rules, while Jessy is breaking down due to the abusive fights her parents engage in. Roelito is a straight-A student who emulates his brother in everything but grades. Saldana creates a very realistic and intriguing look into the ...more
The concept of this book was interesting, as was the narrative being told from different perspectives. However, what was with the random second person perspective used only with Jessy? Also I thought the way that Beto made up with his father was a little unrealistic. The words seemed too perfect for that kind of a tense situation. And what was with that random teacher named Mr. Saldana? The moral of the story hit so bluntly that it made Beto's story seem less authentic. I only really enjoyed Jes ...more
The different perspectives were interesting. I'm still wondering why Jessy's story was mostly in 2nd person, Roel's was in 1st, and Beto's was in 3rd. Interesting technique that I feel like demonstrates the differences between the characters. I also liked how things aren't wrapped up neatly at the end, especially since the book covers just one day. Life isn't like that, neatly wrapped up in one day, but there was still this hope for healing that I enjoyed.
Jun 18, 2013 Shannonmde rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
language feels dated. not sure it would appeal to actual YAs. not recomending for studio recording for TBP.
Jun 28, 2012 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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René Saldaña Jr. graduated from Georgia State University (Ph.D.) with degrees in English and creative writing. He and his family live in south Texas, where he teaches English and writing at the university level. He is the author of "The Jumping Tree "and "Finding Our Way."
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