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My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King

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Love. Honor. Loyalty. These are the principles that bind the young runaways, outcats, and lost boys who find security in the embrace of a gang family. Or so the lore goes.
Reymundo Sanchex was a lot boy- disowned by a physically abusive mother and stepfather and sent to live with a stepbrother who couldn't care less whether he came home or not. Reymundo soon learned that su
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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
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.
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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
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.
Samir Jones
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.

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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
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
Kevin Tello
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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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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
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
Claudio Darosa
I liked it because it shows the consequences of kids growing up without a parents at a young age.
Giovanni Gallardo
My bloody life is a really good book, its one of my favorites and that's coming from a person who doesn't usually finish books due to me being so picky with them. While it has no accolades, it is worth every page. I personally decided to read this book because it said latin kings in the title. Compared to other authors like simone Elkeles who fictionalize their stories, Reymundo’s is very direct. However, Reymundo’s story is a biography.
As an escape of his family and troubled past, Reymundo tur
Cristian Jimenez
Honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. Sanchez describes his childhood to becoming a young adult, all in graphic detail. His story shows how bad some kids lives actually are, neglected and not knowing the feeling of being loved by their own families. They find acceptance in the gang, giving them false hopes that that’s where they belong. This disturbing but entertaining autobiography will keep you engrossed until the end. Sanchez was born in Puerto Rico, abused by his cousins while his m ...more
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
Jeremy Macik
To me the book is about how Reymundo Sanchez grew up in Puerto Rico, then moves to Chicago and starts to have problems with his family. He lives in fear of his dad and things start to change when he gets introduced to drugs that cause him to stay calm and fight back. So he and his family move back to Puerto Rico that causes more trouble so his mom sends him to Chicago where his life changes. So he is adopted into a gang lifestyle by chilling with gang members and having a thing for sex and drug ...more
Jimmie Natee
My Bloody Life by Reymundo Sanchez is a book about a named Reymundo who was physically abuse by his mom and his step-father Pedro. He started hanging around with gang members to get girls and eventually join the Latin King. At first, he thought that the gang banding life was all about party and doing drugs but he soon came to an epiphany that it was much more than he had expected.
There are several things I like about this book. The story is very straightforward and most kid kind of relate to i
Javier Noveron
The book I read was My Bloody Life by Reymundo Sanchez. The book was an autobiography of raymundo’s life during his affiliation and involvement in a well know notorious gang called the latin kings. in the book raymundo talks about his childhood and all the sexual and emotional problems during them. when raymundo was a child he talked about how his parents treated him like a punching bag and how his cousin took him to an abandoned house with the promise of showing him something really cool but en ...more
Emmanuel Sanchez
What I liked about the plot of the book My Bloody Life is he talking about a gang that is really know in Chicago and was talking about how he wanted to join the mlds then he moved hood and flipped in a KKing.He talks about he never know his dad and his mom was young.He said how he came to america and moved to Little Village where the mexicans didn't get along with the puerto ricans.Talks about his stepdads he had in the passed. Talks about he getting rapped.

The book moved slowly thats what I li
Beverly Johnson
When I first starting reading Reymundo autobiographies, I started reading “Once a king always a king” and I didn’t know that was the second part of his book. So when I started to read “My bloody life, the making of a Latin king” that’s when I notice this book was the first part of his autobiography.

As I read this book I notice that his childhood was taking away at such a young especially at the age of eight. When his own cousin, his flesh and blood, raped while he lived in Puerto Rico. Also wh
Reading the book, My Bloody Life, sparked something in my head. I thought, "how could being abused and showed no love or affection turn somebody into such a violent person?" This book gave me a million thoughts. It was an outrageous experience reading this book. It started off as a young boy who was born in Puerto Rico. He had moved to the United States, into Chicago, Illinois. He started school and had got good grades. Though he wasn't happy at home with all the physical and emotional abuse, he ...more
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
Reymundo Sanchez My Bloody Life: The Makinf of a Latin King talks about a boy named Reymundo Sanchez is living in Puerto Rico with his mother, who was 16 at the time of his birth. His father who was 74 when Reymundo was born, died when Reymundo was five years old. Reymundo was constantly beaten and sexually abused by relatives until he moved with his mother and her husband to Chicago when he was seven. Once in Chicago, Reymundo’s life didn’t get much better, because his parents still beat him co ...more
This series is extremely popular at the library, and we get a lot of requests for this book or "something like it," so I figured this would be a good book to read for our urban fiction genre study, even though this is nonfiction.

The author recalls his experiences being in a Chicago gang several decades ago. (1980s? I wasn't entirely sure when this all took place.) As a cautionary tale, it works. The writing is very matter-of-fact about the violence of gang life, and the author even goes so far a
Oct 29, 2014 Miguelito marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My Bloody Life;The making of a Latin king was a book that i pick randomly. i started to read the book and i couldn't stop reading because is so interesting and every pages tells you something new. i'm lucky that i start reading this book because now i realize that reading is fun.
My Bloody Life; The making of Latin King is about the real life of a gangsta but not only his life but the spark that led to live in a life of crime. the life of Puerto Rican teenager(Reymundo Sanchez) that moves to Ch
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.
In My Bloody Life a Puerto Rican boy tells an extremely sad tale. Sanchez was a Latin King for six years and participated in a lot of gang violence influenced by years with sex, drugs, booze, and acts of gang revenge. He finally decided to leave and the only way to be out was through a gang beating, but admits in his conclusion that life since then has been even harder. He's had to quit drugs, lose the only community he's known, support himself, and deal with the nightmares of all the horrors he ...more
Clinton Wilson
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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