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My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  3,697 Ratings  ·  483 Reviews
Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez turned away from school and baseball to drugs, alcohol, and then sex, and was left to fend for himself before age 14. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became his refuge and his world, but its violence cost him friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly his life. This
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Aug 17, 2011 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third time around, I have to say I was much more intrigued and impressed by Sanchez's story. It's a favorite among my students, and I ended up writing a 20-page response on the potential HARM of this text for a grad school class: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Harms? Here's the opening paragraph...

Every school year as I stock the shelves of my classroom library, I buy at least three copies of My Bloody Life by Reymundo Sanchez in anticipation of the never-ending student requests for more. And
Dec 17, 2007 Enrique rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book hit close to home for me. It is a quick and disturbing view into the life of a member of the Latin Kings, one of Chicago's notorious street gangs. I grew up and attended school with several people who were just like those described in this story.
Sep 25, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm conflicted about this book. I learned a lot about gang life in Chicago, and for that alone I'd say it's an important book for people in Chicago to read. It's probably not surprising that the writing style is not great, given that the author is describing how he dropped out of school to devote himself more fully to his gangbanging lifestyle, but if the writing style were my only complaint I'd definitely have given this book another star, maybe even all five.

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Feb 09, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book My Blood Life was about Reymundo Sanchez telling his life about being abused and living the life as a Latin King. His life was pretty much drug alchol and sex. He also killed a lot of people throughout his life. He was abused by his mom and his stepdad. And was always the one getting beat up, other then his brothers. Then he was sent to go and live with his step brother. Who didn't really care about him. His brother was a 'junkie' and his house was pretty much a home for other 'junkies' ...more
Dec 08, 2010 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is all right. its about a kid called King lil loco, he didn't have a good childhood. when his mom married a guy named Pedro evrything change for him and his sister. His new stepfather treated them good at first but when he had his own child with his mom he started to treat him bad. He would whip him with anything as he grew older. he joined a gang called the Latin Kings. He had to be beat up for 3 minutes. When he got in the gang, he started to drink and smoke. He fhought he ha ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a decent book. Impressive actually considering the author's education and background. It's certainly not going to win any literary achievements for the writing but it gets the job done. The lack of brilliant writing actually helps the book's authenticity in my opinion.

That said for me the big issue with this thing is the timeline in which events happened or how long they played out. I'd be reading and sit there wondering "How is this guy still X age?" It just seemed like too much was happen
Bridgette Davis
I am really glad that I read this book. I can see why so many students really like it. It's interesting because it definitely is very explicit, but also warns of all of the dangers of gang and drug life. I also was fascinated by the Chicago history and description of the neighborhoods as they were during Reymundo's time. I recommend reading this book.
Kevin Tello
Feb 09, 2012 Kevin Tello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Status 3
As i finished My Bloodly life i felt that Reymundo had finally grew up and stop being a Latin King. This is said in in Pg 296 " I refused to go being known as a Latin King. I no longer was to be a COWARD." when reymundo said this i thought that finally he has some sense in him. i fe3lt as if reymundo has got out of that phase of not being wanted. He can find people who want to be his friends he never need to be a King to be accepted in life just be yourself.

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Sep 19, 2016 Shyane Griffith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 21, 2012 Ketzenygonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3. Many things happened in this book . Reymundo went from being an abused kid to being the most violent gang member. Reymundo got jumped into the gang right when he returned from Puerto Rico, he turned cold-hearted and vicious. He began using cocaine and became dependent on it.

8. I was surprised when Reymundo's mom turned her back on him, and not only was the step father beating him for no reason but so was she. Reymundo really depended on her and when she started turning her back on him , thing
Samir Jones
Jan 10, 2014 Samir Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Bloody Life is a book that I like and would highly recommend it to mature readers. The reason is that some details are very graphic and can be considered disturbing. This isn't like the typical drug gang book. This is an actual detailed description about a young boy coming up in the world of drugs and gangs. What also makes this book unlike others is the fact that this is a true story. These events are disturbing; the fact that these are true details makes this even more disturbing.

The story
May 25, 2009 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense sex/drugs/violence memoir with a moral message: the culture of gangs kills the body and the spirit. It also chronicles the rise of the Latin Kings, as they were first conceived to protect urban Puerto Rican communities from violence inflicted by racist police forces and rival ethnic gangs. Reymundo Sanchez (a pseudonym) tells the harrowing tale of his childhood/adolesence (He joined the Latin Kings at age 13). His cautionary tale implores teens to avoid gang life at all cost. He conclude ...more
Oct 27, 2009 JUAN IBARRAaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOOK TALKS ABOUT A EX LATIN KING MEMBER BUT HE DIDNT WANT TO BE IN THE GANG CAUSE IT DESTROYED HIS FAMILY AND HIS LIFE AND AT THE END HE GETS OUT THE LATIN KINGS AND GOES BACK TO SCHOOL BUT WHAT HE NOTICES IS ONCE HES A KING HE ALWAYS A KING.what i think about this book is that its a great book for everyone because it teaches you that gang life is a bad trip because when your in it theres no getting out and its a game of dead or alive or even jail so i think this book would change everyone ...more
Nov 05, 2010 Uvas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was really good but nasty and weird the reson why i think its weird is because thats just shows how peole from the beginning get involve with gangs. when a person has a really bad life they can resort to that type of thing. now cops and other people cn relize how they get involved in the first place. its because people dnt have the perfect life that everyone else has htey really struggle and thats y i think this book is a great one
Jan 12, 2017 Joseline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My bloody life has two great elements such as Moral and Man Vs. Man. The author also gives spectacular and clear visuals on where and how things were in Reymundo's life.Alos such as how he does his first his when he was 14.Another great part in this book is when Reymundo's mom would let her boyfriend's physically and emotionally abuse him.
Sean Riggs
Oct 11, 2016 Sean Riggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book! The book really relates to a lot of events, not only my life, but others as well. This book is full of imagery, and is full of details so you can pictures in your mind what is happening.This book in my opinion is very inspiring to troubled youth . This book delivers a message, and should be read by others
Apr 05, 2009 Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is deep!!!!! I can relate to lil loco in so many ways. He just had so many problems growing up and that helps you to understand why he did some of the things he did. This is one of the best books I ever read.
Jan 04, 2017 Isabella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great because it gives you a real look into what gang life and living on the streets is really like. Also Lil Loco talks about how he actually feels when he commits acts of violence and he talks about how he struggles with the demons inside of him.
Oct 01, 2009 Danschafer118 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My bloody life is a story about becoming a Latin King in Chicago in the 1980's. A terrible writer but a great story.
Ariana Porada
This book was really good because you never new what was coming next. Being in a gang can be really crazy and dangerous.
Claudio Darosa
Oct 09, 2014 Claudio Darosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked it because it shows the consequences of kids growing up without a parents at a young age.
Clinton Wilson
Apr 21, 2009 Clinton Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is so real it has the streets that are around me and its so good it talks about the stuff im interested in and its Just so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Frida De
Apr 04, 2009 Frida De rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the people that are most feared are the people that were there for you from the beginning.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Rare look into the life of a member of a street gang.
Amanda Krich
May 28, 2015 Amanda Krich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is good for teen boys! It is violent though so good for older students--
Evan Wilson
After Reymundo Sanchez uses his dark and real novel, My Bloody Life, to open you up to the cruel reality of a Chicago gang member, you will cringe with heartache and remorse just like I did. Not that the writing wasn’t fantastic -- because it was -- it’s simply the subject matter that will turn your stomach. Reymundo (a fake name given to the author) was an ecstatic, upbeat boy living in Puerto Rico with his family until his mother and stepfather started to abuse him for reasons that only God kn ...more
Nov 03, 2016 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Throughout the whole book, I just felt bad for Reymundo.
Gangs prey on the vulnerable. The kids that want to belong. That want a family.
he was the perfect prey.
He was raped by an older cousin at 5. His mother bounced from one abusive man to the next. Sometimes joining in on the abuse.
Not to excuse his killing and violence prone behavior. Not at all. But, he never had a chance, with an upbringing like that.
Christine Skowera smith
My goal was to find out more of how and why anyone would join a gang. Goal accomplished. The violence against each other and the lack of respect for any life was very sad.
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