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Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  1,254 Ratings  ·  153 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
Nov 29, 2008 Anna rated it liked it  ·  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
Nov 29, 2008 Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
Julian
Mar 15, 2008 Julian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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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Javy Perez
Aug 15, 2013 Javy Perez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer
Jan 04, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lourdes
Feb 23, 2011 Lourdes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Leslie Bermeo
Sep 13, 2014 Leslie Bermeo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Fanny
May 19, 2015 Fanny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a star off simply because of Reymundo's attitude towards Sonia. He was extremely judgmental as if he has forgotten what it was like to have to struggle. It was jarring at some points in the book because I could so clearly see it was Reymundo's voice and not her. Otherwise it was an interesting look into her life.
Marla
Sep 17, 2008 Marla is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
teaches u alot!! u shuls read it!!
Suzanne lopes
Feb 03, 2017 Suzanne lopes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!! I have read it twice and saw a documentary about her life which is why I read the book in the first place. She was a girl who went through a lot during her childhood where she didn't have a real Dad in her Life and Her mother never really showed love to her. The mom had boyfriends that mistreated her and her sister hung around a very well know gang where Lady Q felt love by the girls in this Gang. The boyfriends she had were also Gang members where she thought she found love from th ...more
Beatriz
Apr 24, 2017 Beatriz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brutal.
Jose
Jan 15, 2013 Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2013 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Uvas
Nov 05, 2010 Uvas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tristy
Feb 08, 2014 Tristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2011 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jisela
Mar 07, 2016 Jisela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Owen
May 25, 2016 Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think when some one makes a stupid disunion in real life is just a musket. But when some one did that stupid thing because she wanted to or need to, that have a lasting effect on me. this book starts of with a kid who was brought in to a world of hurt then became the bad gal of the year, then fall back to the human life to become a mother. This book is like two story's being told by one person. we begin with Sonia Rodriguez a Bright Child who broke in to being Lady Q the women who went form th ...more
Reineysha
Jan 07, 2013 Reineysha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Rodolfo Roman
Nov 12, 2015 Rodolfo Roman is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion this book is a good example for people who have shut the doors for them selfs due to hope loss, there is always hope and in this book its shows how a person become the most ignorant savage to a educated experience women who can take over the world. this book is great!
Ashley Casillas
Nov 04, 2010 Ashley Casillas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marta
May 02, 2017 Marta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book “ Lady Q “ is a book about a teenager named Sonia , Sonia isn't just a normal teenage girl , as she starts growing up she gets abused by her own family. The lesson she learns throughout the book is that you have to learn your way out of trouble showing how cruel life can be when u choose the wrong path. My opinion is that this is a good book because it is very interesting and it teaches you a lot .

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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Cristina
Mar 25, 2016 Cristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


An interesting story that is covered by juvenile writing

There is little that isn 19t compelling about this story. A young girl in an abusive home and environment falls into the arms of the gangs around her for a source of protection and love. She rises through the ranks from being a street soldier to leading one of the largest distributors of cocaine in Chicago. It 19s a morally reverse rags to riches back to rags story. The facts in the novel are raw and hard hitting but nevertheless poorly tol
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Tim
Aug 27, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you peer into the heart of a Bad Girl, you'll often find a Sad Story. So it is with "Sonia Rodriguez," the pseudonym of the woman who became Lady Q: the Queen of the Chicago Latin Kings in the 1980s. Reymundo Sanchez (author of "My Bloody Life," a memoir of his own life in the Kings) has transcribed Sonia's story with sensitivity and a gritty, unflinching eye.

It would be very difficult to make Lady Q's life into a movie, because it doesn't fit the hopeful Hollywood formula. I read this book
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Jose
Dec 20, 2012 Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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