Always Running: La Vida Loca is a story about the author, Luis J. Rodriguez. It recounts the life of Luis Rodriguez as he grew up as a rebelling yout Always Running: La Vida Loca is a story about the author, Luis J. Rodriguez. It recounts the life of Luis Rodriguez as he grew up as a rebelling youth. In his youth, he lived a life of drugs, and crime. He also lived a rough life, of racial discrimination because of his Chicano heritage. He committed crimes from as early as age 7, stealing from stores with his brother Rano. However, his brother Rano was very abusive to him, often beating him up in front of other neighborhood boys. All this probably contributed to his decision to join the East LA street gang, “ Los Cholos”. In the book “Always Running” I felt like I could feel the characters need to make the decisions they did. I cant really relate to these characters, but I feel where they are coming from. If I was living in the impoverished neighborhood in East LA, I don’t know if my choices would have really differed from those of Luis Rodriguez. If I was living in a dangerous place, I think I would do anything necessary to protect myself. If many people around me had weapons like guns and/or knives I would probably pick up a weapon or two myself. Also, if I was able to, I would join the gang because of the immense amount of respect I would earn. If I joined a gang such as the Latin Kings, and eventually worked my way to becoming a leader of a certain sector of the gang, I would virtually be untouchable, and maybe that is what Luis and his peers were thinking of when they made their decisions. While reading always running, I didn’t only take the information about gangs and gang life from it. I also took the racial element. For example, when Luis was seven years old, he and his brother Rano were sent to the store to get groceries. They decided to venture out of the barrio and into a white neighborhood store. They marveled at first, at the wide selection of food and drink they had to choose from and loved it until after they paid and made it outside. A group of white kids on bikes immediately bum rushed Luis and Rano, knocking their groceries into the street, crushing them, then cursing and yelling racial slurs at them while they beat the up. After this, Rano made Luis swear not to tell his friend that he cried, to keep his “image”. Another very racist part of Luis’ life happened at the beach. He was with his people at the beach, throwing his female friends into the water with his guy friends, when all of a sudden, a group of 4 or 5 white men call out “BEANERS” this is sort of like “nigger” but to a Chicano not an African American. This slur provoked the group, including the girls. Some broke beer bottles to use as weapons or pulled out switchblades and walked up to the men. Then, all of a sudden, three pull a gun and one flashed a badge and scream “LAPD”. Then, instead of just putting them into the car, they decide to keep the group of Chicanos on the ground, kicking sand into their faces, saying racial slurs and padding them down until they found a real reason to detain them. It turns out, one had a load of reefer on him, which led to them all being booked. Though this book does touch on quite a few touch sub-subjects the broader subjects are what I found the most connection to, though I don’t really connect directly to the characters. This book was written for Luis J. Rodriguez’ son,Ramiro, who is currently serving a 28year prison sentence for 3 counts of attempted murder. Luis tried his hardest to keep his son away from the gang life, but all his efforts failed. I would really rate this book a 9 out of 10. At certain parts, its difficult to follow, but overall it told a great story of a great man, who has turned into a successful author and poet.
The last book I read was "Open", an auto biography written by Andre Agassi. This was a great read that sometimes left me too emotional to want to con The last book I read was "Open", an auto biography written by Andre Agassi. This was a great read that sometimes left me too emotional to want to continue reading. This book recounted near every tournament in Andre Agassi's illustrious tennis career and in great detail. He remembered nearly every tournament final he's played in, along with all the emotional ups and downs during those matches. The book started out with the last match of Agassi's career, then quickly went to the beginning of his life, which I thought was a great and unique beginning to a story. The story starts his life off by him recounting his feelings while facing "the dragon". The "dragon" was a pimped out ball machine that Agassi's dad made for him to help him grow as a tennis player. Balls were fired at well over 100mph and Agassi had to return them, 2500 forehand, 2500backhand. And the worst part was, he actually HATED tennis. But, because he was so great at it,later in life, Agassi had no choice but to play tennis. And because Andre never had a choice on what to do in his life, he hated it. He went through alot of times where he was aimless, not knowing what he wanted TO DO IN HIS LIFE. I REALLY FELT BAD FOR ANDRE AGASSI BECAUSE HE NEVER HAD A CHILDHOOD, OR MUCH OF AN ADULT HOOD AS WELL. HIS LIFE WAS CONTROLLED BY HIS FATHER, LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON IN A WAY, LIKE BEING SENT TO BOLLETIERI ACADEMY, BEING FORCED TO PLAY TENNIS AND NEVER HAVING A SAY IN ANY OF IT. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS A LIFE STORY AND YOU WILL LIKE IT EVEN IF YOU DISLIKE SPORTS. ...more
One of the books I read this month was “Tenth Grade Burns” by Heather Brewer. This book is about a vampire, Vladimir Tod, who is trying to balance hi One of the books I read this month was “Tenth Grade Burns” by Heather Brewer. This book is about a vampire, Vladimir Tod, who is trying to balance his struggling social status at school and his relationship problems all while fending off vampire slayers around every corner and while fighting is need to drink human blood. This book is the 3rd in the series and as it goes on, you can really start to see changes in characters. Because I am a teenager, I can relate to some of Vlad’s problems. Though I don’t deal with vampire slayers every day, I do have to find a way to balance a social life as well as maintain good grades in school. In this situation, the grades are sort of like the vampire slayers because they’re the things in this situation that you don’t want to deal with, but have to. Also, I can relate to Vlad and his social status. I’m not necessarily popular, but I do like to try and get along with everybody. But, like Vlad, I have a small group of close friends, in my case 4 but in Vlads case only one, his best friend, Henry. After reading the first two books in the series, this third book seems kind of repetitive. Vlad basically gets sucked into a vampire scheme set up by his enemies and half the book is the single ensuing battle with them, which Vlad subsequently wins. However, this book did seem to have a bit more twists and turns because of how Vlad is dealing with other vampiric problems. These affect his life more so than in other books because they are much more profound and now, becoming a vampire is a bigger part of Vlad’s life than previously so. I would rate this book a 7/10, but the series on a whole an 8.5/10. I would recommend this to people who like fantasy books, especially those based off of teenage problems, such as Harry Potter.