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Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  95 ratings  ·  15 reviews
autobiography of gang member turned policewoman
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Arte Publico Press (first published January 1st 1997)
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the book i just finished reading was "Two Badges" and i really did like this book it tells most of my life on lines. Im not one to say how i feel or explain what im feeling but here Dona made it seem as if i was her. She had a crazy life that went by so fast and with me my story starts off the same . As a youngster i grew up fighting for respect & to defend my family . Soon i come to see my family brakes over things me and my sister decide to do . Living in California can make you and brake ...more
529_Quincy Owens
Two Badges by Mona Ruiz explores the dichotomy between the world of a gang member and police officer through first person. There is an abundant use of tone words of varying difficulty utilized as Mona relates her story. The simplicity of talking about being a gang member of a police officer is completely obliterated as she talks about being a part of both worlds at the same time. Fighting for legitimacy and respect from fellow gang members at parties only to put on a police uniform the next day ...more
Michelle Chavez
The story Two Badges is based on a true tragic story. Ramond Sandoval, who is Romonas father, was raised in Santa Ana where all the gansters would always cause trouble. Ramond was the second child in his family. When he had his second kid he named her Ramona Sandoval, just like him. He gave her his name because he thought she'd be the most responsible one in the family just like he was. When Ramona would spend time with her father, her father always taught her how to always stay away from the g ...more
What attracted me to this book was basically what it said in the cover “The Lives of Mona Ruiz”. That surprised me because I assumed it was a story about an ordinary undercover cop, but it wasn’t just that. Also the book was recommended to me by one of my teachers.
Mona Ruiz grew up in the city of Santa Ana, California in the 1970s and 1980s. Mona grew up around gangs and violence. Her father always told her to stay of the gang life, but around Santa Ana it was nearly impossible. Ruiz spent mos
Ingrid Chavez
May 30, 2012 Ingrid Chavez rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read drama and suspense
Shelves: 2011-2012
This is a Non-fiction book, I really enjoyed reading it. This book can reflect on todays world how many young girls are struggling in life and it also you can learn from the authors mistakes. Well this book is basically about a girl named Mona Ruiz, she grew up in the city of Santa Ana in the 1980s. Mona grew up in a poor neighborhood where you see violence and gangs. As a young child she was in a gang and her father told her to get out of it and had taught her to do good in life and become a po ...more
Chapo 101
i read this book recently and i thought it was very good.i thought it was good because there was a lot of action. my favorite part was when they jumped people.
this book is a very good book

Ruiz does an excellent job of not skirting the dirty details of life in a gang and the struggles to leave her gang "family" behind. Shunning the requisite happy ending readers expect, Ruiz reminds us that life is fluid and that life experiences - good and bad - shape who we have become only at this moment. "Two Badges" is perfectly set up to invite a sequel to Mona's inaugural novel.
I am reading this novel with my high school students. While we have not finished it yet, the students (including me) are really enjoying this novel. I find it is something that my students can relate to and feel connected to in ways that inspire and make them want to be something better than they are.
Anna Mojica
This book is difficult to put down. Ruiz gives an honest memoir from a gang member to a cop. You will live through her struggles and failures. She is an inspiration because she NEVER gives up on her dreams. She is determined and strong. It is a must read.
Mary Maclean
I think the plot was very believable and very inspiring. This was a intersting book and I enjoyed it even thoug it was a homework assignment I would read it again.
The author used to attend the school I teach at, became a gang member, and then became a cop. A riveting read. I can see why my students like it so much.
This was a choice for Woodland Reads. Mona Ruiz came to Woodland in October 2013. A fascinating life.
May 19, 2011 Ellie added it
Read it to my students. They love it for the swear words. I hated it for its endlessness.
Vero alvarez
Jul 26, 2007 Vero alvarez rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everone
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