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Drift: A Novel

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  73 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
An explosive, fierce, and lyrical novel, set in the barrios of San Antonio and Los Angeles, from an electrifying new voice in American fiction

At sixteen, Robert Lomos has lost his family. His father, a Latin jazz musician, has left San Antonio for life on the road as a cool-hand playboy. His mother, shattered by a complete emotional and psychological breakdown, has moved t
Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Picador
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I picked this off my shelf because I was going to be in Texas for a few days and wanted something in that place, but it was a hard one to finish. I wanted to care about the characters but they read as very unrealistic somehow - perhaps it was the great depth of reflection and poetic thoughts they were having, it just didn't seem true to life. If someone is a poor, third-generation Mexican American who doesn't speak Spanish, who takes drugs, I want to really get to know that character.

I do think
Mario Mendoza
Oct 04, 2015 Mario Mendoza rated it liked it
This book is young adult and like most books in this category they tend to have the same issue if the plot is often taken at school, the main character as issues and by the end they resolve their issues. But one this book doesn't really end like that it had for of a basic ending which makes the book interesting.

The book itself is great but if your looking for a good content to improve your reading strength, this is not your book you want to read them. It does talk about how the life struggles a
Jan 08, 2009 Steph rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me by the first page. The protagonist, Roberto, an angry, troubled sixteen year-old whose family has recently fallen apart, is now living with his grandmother and trying for a fresh start at yet another school. Roberto's father is a jazz musician who's perpetually on the road. His self-serving view of life took a toll on his marriage years ago, eventually sending his wife over the edge with a nervous breakdown. She and her younger son have been whisked off to L.A. by a well-mean ...more
Phillip Murphy
Nov 19, 2015 Phillip Murphy rated it really liked it
The book Drift was a great book. It had many great aspects to it and was interesting. The book was about a hispanic boy and his troubling life.And believe me its hard, His mm and dad are split up and his mom went kinda crazy after the break up. So after getting out of public school and going to a new school he just tells people his mom is dead. He doesn't live with ither his mom or dad he lives with his grandmom instead. both his mom and dad live in L.A but Robert ( the son and narroter) lives i ...more
Antonio Morales
Apr 10, 2014 Antonio Morales rated it it was amazing
Drift by Manuel Luis Martinez is a great book. It features the main character Robert Lomos, his grandmother, and His friend Nacho. Robert lives alone with his grandmother, who ensures that he will grow up right.Robert doesn't really like this idea, but since grandma has sent him to Sunnydale Christian Academy, he has to find a way to be rebellious secretively. Robert comes from a very distraught family. His father was a jazz musician who abandoned his family years ago, leaving Robert with his g ...more
Oct 29, 2008 Talya rated it liked it
I found this book hard to read in some parts. It felt so real and I was really able to connect to the characters. I am still angry and sad about the book days later. It is a well written YA novel about the sad life of Robert, a lower socioeconomic Mexican-American in Texas and in California. Where is my happy ending where Robert ends up going to college, saving his mother, and being a good role model for his younger brother?
Richie Partington
Jul 27, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
15 November 2003 DRIFT by Manuel Luis Martinez, St. Martin's Press/Picador, March 2003, ISBN 0-312-30995

"I spend the whole day alone in this cube, having to raise the red, white, and blue Christian flag when I want to whizz or even just stretch. It's a drag. But it's my own fault since I just got kicked out of high school again. Twice in two years, and Grams decides she has to send me to a religious school, one of those Christian fundamentalist ones, the kind that keeps students in line by makin
Dec 12, 2013 C-Money rated it really liked it
The setting to the Drift can be very related in present day as the same problems, same type of people, same type of urban life as a person who lives in the not so nice part of the town.

Roberto is a troubled boy that goes through events in his life and meets new people that help him grow up. Roberto all really wants is his family back together. His mom is a emotional mess that had to leave with his little brother Atony to take a break. His dad was never there for him or his mom, he always was on
Jun 20, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
This book begins as a gritty account of a Mexican American teenage boy's coming of age in the context of turmoil within his family. As you read on, however, the book becomes so much more than that through the protagonist's relationship with his grandmother. The book is genuine, heartfelt, sharply witty at times, tragic at others, but overall a book that makes you invested in a protagonist because you begin to see him though the eyes of his loving grandmother. I liked the book to begin with but b ...more
Danielle Sheppard
This book is very inspiring to me, because he is my age sixteen he's trying to put his family back together. Well to start off he lost his, his father is a Latin jazz musician, and has left to San Antonion for a life on the road thing. His mother is shattered by the emotional, and psychological break down and has moved to Los Angeles and has taken her younger son with her. His grand mother is worn down by many years of hard work, and has left. So Robert plans to save up his money and head to Cal ...more
May 04, 2010 Mariana rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Outgoing people
Really nice story... Especially for the Spanish-Speaking readers. Interisting and drematic. Explain the life of a young boy that has to go through a rough life. By trying to do his best, sometime he would make big mistakes. Rough language.....
May 19, 2011 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
Its about the main character named Robert who's family broke down. His father keft him and his mom and sibiling at a young age of his.

This was really good, i really recommend it.
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Martinez is a professor of English at The Ohio State University.
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