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Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  987 ratings  ·  135 reviews
This is a raw and powerful memoir not only of one woman's struggle to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs were members of her own. At age five Sonia Rodriguez's stepfather began to abuse her; at 10 she was molested by her uncle and beaten by her mother when she told on him; and ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Anna
Jan 16, 2009 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mature young adults, people who work with teens
This is a sad book. It really isn't the story of a high ranking female gang member so much as it is a story of an abused and confused girl-turned-women who can't seem to escape the cycle of poverty and abuse. It's a story about what happens when you grow up in a dysfunctional family and don't learn from your mistakes. Sonia, who grew up in a very abusive household, basically went on to make one mistake after another and cannot seem to make "good" decisions even through the very end of this story ...more
Angelica ❤ Guerita Linda
this book was really interesting. im not going to lie the first time i started reading it, it got me so curious on keep reading more and more. Its About sonia trying to fit in her family never liked her they always blame her for whatever her sisters do. Her mom never finish school, remarry a couple of times, only had babies never work, alwayz depending on her man. All started when she move in to chicago to live with carlos her mother's new husband. At first he seems nice to the girls treated the ...more
Patrick
The girl this is about says something in the afterward about how she hopes that it could help just one person, etc., but you can't help anyone if they're too bored to finish your story. There is not a whole lot devoted to her actual experiences as a high-ranking member of the Chicago street gang, this is more of a portrait of an abused, impoverished single mother in the city, and not a very good one at that. Reymundo Sanchez who interviewed Lady Q for the book, previously wrote his own autobiogr ...more
Jennifer
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Javy Perez
All 3 books that I have read by Reymundo Sanchez, have been stellar. From the first page to the last, I could not put the books down. I’m an advocate reader and these books are on my top ten list. Maybe is due to how I can relate. When I was younger I was involved in gang activity. Majority of what Mr. Sanchez writes about is reality, which occurred during his generation, my generation, and with the current generation. As sad as this may be and/or sound is the truth and reality. As a Latino and ...more
Julian
This book was written to tell the story of a female gang member's life, not pull off amazing literary feats. The writing is simplistic, but the story is powerful.

A common sentence in the book was something like, "Lady Q had finally had enough of the dangers of gang life/selling drugs/living with abusive family member, and was ready to make some positive changes. She got a job and found a new apartment with [family member that used to abuse her but she has made up with]." It never lasts, and ove
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Leslie Bermeo
The book Lady Q by Reymundo Sanchez has permitted me to see the life of a gang banger in a whole new perspective. Lady Q , her real name is Sonia ,was a smart student that had brains, dreams , and had love inside of her like any other student. Yet there was something that lacked in her life and that's what started her life filled with gangs and drugs and sex. That something was "love" from others . Her mother preferred to let her get beaten or beat her herself than having to fight her boyfriends ...more
Lourdes
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Natalie
Its About sonia trying to fit in her family never liked her they always blame her for whatever her sisters do. Her mom never finish school, remarried a couple of times and she didn't really have anywhere to live, she jus depended on friends and her husbands. When Sonia's mom moves from puerto rico to Chicago with her kids and her husband carlos, carlos is all nice to them and treats them like his all but them problems started, he was a drug dealer he also startes hitting sonia and blamed her for ...more
Marla
Sep 17, 2008 Marla is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
teaches u alot!! u shuls read it!!
Uvas
i chose this book because i read the first two and i liked them. so i wanted to read this one because it has the female side to it and i also like the cover. my book is non fiction beacuse it actually happend in chicago. the main character is a girl who dont take no for an answer. she gets abused by her family so she grows up to b a gang banger. she falls in love with with the king of all kings and she becomes the queen of the kings and she gets what ever she wants. money power drugs what ever s ...more
Jose
This book is amazing it show you a lot of positive things and negative things about gangs. How they work and the consequences you get after you do something that can damage the gang. My favorite part of this book was when the author tells the consequences for breaking an important rule. Lady Q was a gang member of the Latin kings she was a loyalty gang member and willing to do everything for the gang, but she break an important rule for the Latin Kings to not been seen in camera, she and her fri ...more
Miguel
Well i think that Lady Q is a great book. Its a book about how life was to Sonia in her world she lived. Sonia was the middle girl between her two sisters. One was older then her and the other one was younger then her Since her childhood in Puerto Rico her life was tuff. Her Mother never believed her and never trusted her. When her mother decided to move to Chicago from Perto Rico Sonia thought her nightmare had ended but in reality it has just begun. Once they got to Chicago her older sister be ...more
Tristy
This is a tough book to get through, not just because it is a heartbreaking story about a life of abuse, abandonment and violence, but because it falls into the well-intentioned trap of trying to let the "true voice" of the subject come through, while sacrificing actual flow and good story-telling. I really appreciate Reymundo Sanchez's passion about getting Sonia's story out into the world, but it reads like a long legal dissertation that you might hear at a trial. There is no flow to the story ...more
Alejandro
This book is about a girl named sonia she had a horrible childhood, when she was a little kid she got abuse by her uncles and cousens, she tells her mom about wat happens but her mom dosen't belive her so she beats her. as she grows older a gang called The Latin Kings hang in her house, one day she decides to join the gang and gets baeat up for 3 mins from shoulder to toes. she is called Lady Q she gets alot of respect among the gang so one day she goes live on tv to see opra so she decides to t ...more
Jazmin Rodriguez
By Reymundo Sanchez, Lady Q Rise of the Fallen Of Latin Qween,Taught My opininon of this book Lady Q Rise of The Fallen of Latin Queen is very interesting to read and learn I enjoyed learning new words and have the imagination of whats happening in the book its has a clues and ideas of what the Author wants the reader to know gives the reader attention.

The theme of this story is to learn your way out of trouble showing how cruel life can be when u choose the wrong path. The Author also illustrat
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Miriam Mendoza
Lady Q, Reymundo Sanchez and Sonia Rodriguez. Chicago:Chicago review press, 2008. 269 pages.
The book of Lady Q, Sonia Rodriguez was a normal girl who lived in Humboldt park with her family. even tho her family didn't treat her good and her step dad beat her, she still did good in school and wasn't a girl that got in trouble. Until one day she met the kings and queens from humboldt park, whe. she started hangout out with them she felt she was at home, she felt important while being with them. S
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Reineysha
This book was really good I dont really like reading but as soon as I started this book I had to keep going I really got into it because of the beginning it was really sad I would totally read this book again but I hope their will be a second book because I really want to know about what happens between sonia and Tino does he ever get out of jail??? Will they get married and live a better life?? I would like to see another book to see if that happens.
Victor Zajac
This is about a girl who started out as a very good student, had a poor upbringing and turned to gangs. She became the Leader of the Latin Queens in Chicago, and this is her story. It's actually quite sad and realistic. It's not all killing and gang banging. I did pick up tidbits that I think will make me a better parent.
Lorenza
Sep 17, 2008 Lorenza rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lorenza by: My SiSTER AND COUSiN
all this books that ive have read are
relly cool couse they teach you a lesson
of what they whent threw an also what they
regret:]..they also tell you to think about
something before you do sumthing STUPiD
Anthony
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Ashley Casillas
this book is really intresting because it talks about a girl who had a really harsh life . and felt that her family was with the latin kings o queens
Jim Barton
I thought this biography was way too shallow, and never felt I ever really understood Sonia aka "Lady Q". The scenes from her childhood in which Sonia grew up in an abusive home in the barrio held my interest. But as she grows older and finds solace in a gang I lost track of who she really was as a person. A lot of this biography is expository, "Lady Q did this"/"then she did that", without really conveying to the reader any sense of what was going through her head.

Also, there are a number of da
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Sherrall
this book was so good I was captivated by this book from the beginning to end. It was realistic and I could not put it down. I read this book ages ago but I still remember the name of the book!!!!!! Girls living in the hood go through this 70% of the girls I went to school with was & still is Sonia.It's a story about what happens when you grow up in a dysfunctional family and don't learn from your mistakes. WE SHOULD ALL BE ABLE TO LEARN FROM WHAT SONIA WENT THROUGH AND BECOMING A BETTER WOM ...more
Daniel
Jan 11, 2009 Daniel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No
After reading Reymundo's previous books about himself, I was anxious to read this one. I was pleasantly surprised once I reached page 200 and it was confirmed that I personally knew Lady Q and her daughter. I remember the conversations I had with both of them back in 1992. This book talks about real events and even though the names have changed, most of the events are believable. But what bothers me is calling Lady Q the "Queen of all Kings" and making her seem like she was the larger than life, ...more
Alexandra Reyes
I have been reading the book Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen
by Reymundo Sanchez. The book is a biography about Sonia Rodriguez. In this book Sonia tells us about her past. Throughout the book Sonia is a lost girl trying to find love from her mother. When her mother declines Sonia's love she joins a gang called the Latin Kings. Along the years of being in this gang she developed friendships and rivals. She won friendships from other Latin Queen and Kings. Her rivals were other gangs s
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Adriana Shalimar
Book review for Lady Q

The book Lady Q is a Biography and the publisher is the Chicago Review press. The first edition was published on July 1, 2008.

Sonia Rodriguez was born on 1967 in Puerto Rico. Sonia never got to meet her real dad and never got attention from her mother. She was always beaten up by her mother and step dad and was always the one seen as the problem. Her other sibling got beatings as well but not as much as Sonia. When Sonia was about 11 she was molested by uncle; He was her u
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Jamie
Check your library's catalog for this title. In mine, a huge percentage were either missing, billed, or overdue. Very few were on shelf.

That tells me Lady Q has the kind of cred My Bloody Life does. And that's a good thing. Kids/people are reading this (and keeping it and passing it around). I give Reymundo Sanchez lots of credit--he's telling stories that need to be told, stories that have a huge impact on people.

But my own experience of this one was not so hot. I couldn't straight-up read it
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Jose
1. Plot Overview (Don’t give the ending away!) What did you like about the plot? Did it move quickly or slowly? What didn’t you like? Was it interesting or not? Why? Give details!

This book is amazing it show you a lot of positive things and negative things about gangs. How they work and the consequences you get after you do something that can damage the gang. My favorite part of this book was when the author tells the consequences for breaking an important rule. Lady Q was a gang member of the L
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Caroline
This book was painful to read at times and tended to read like a run-on newspaper story. I would have appreciated more insight into the characters, such as finally did appear in the epilogue. On the other hand, it was thought provoking, exposing me to a world so different from my own that it's almost unbelievable. In fact, I do think some of it was so biased to Lady Q's perception of herself that in parts it really was not entirely true.
It left me with alot of unanswered questions. In her homel
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