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2.98  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  14 reviews
I wanted to roar out

touch things i had never touched. to see if it was true. was i still here was this life still here. on this side. whatever you call it dude. wanted to touch everything like van Gogh touched and smeared everything when he painted. so i wrote it and spoke it. maybe mama would hear me. cuz i could hear her. sayin' When your heart hurts, sing. wherever you
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by HarperCollins Espanol
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
So while browsing for something new to read and one that I haven't heard of and well, the size of the book as well, I noticed this and it was okay. Interesting but okay. In a way its verse but it has poems and has a story in a way. I wasn't sure what rating to give this. But 3 sounds about right.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, poetry, coming-of-age
*I received a hardback copy of this book for review from HaperTeen*

So, I really couldn't tell you exactly what this book was about. It is in no way a conventional novel. From what I gathered, it is the poetic writings of Lucky Z, a young teenage boy who has lost his mother to breast cancer, who's father left him and his mother after coming home from Iraq, who is living in foster care, who was in a terrible accident that left him in a wheel chair, and may have been shot by a kid in school(?). Oh,
Ashley Kempkes
Feb 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt, poetry, poc
Looked short and I've been wanting to try and read a verse - novel because they are pretty popular with the kiddos right now but this was not a good first intro. Maybe it is because I was hurrying, but I didn't get a lot of what was going on - The best parts were his handwritten notes I think.
Melissa Mcavoy
“[B]lam blam that was the last thing I heard” begins this fictional poetic journal of a boy named Lucky. Dedicated to a teen victim of a hate crime, and to boys who love the color pink, Skate Fate’s poetry challenges the reader. This is not an easy read. The style and subject matter of the poems is multifarious. Reading the book is a bit like excavating the backpack of a fifteen year old skater, you never know what you might find, you just know it wont be spelled conventionally. A poem is writte ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

When you read Lucky Z.'s story, you are reading his most personal thoughts in what he describes as his "hot-pink" journal. Some prose, but mostly poetry, expresses his pain and suffering and how he comes to terms with what life has dealt him.

Lucky Z. might not appear lucky as he describes the screws in his legs and a bumpy scar on his forehead as he sits in his wheelchair. All of this is the result of a senseless accident. It's an a
jiawei Ong
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I deeply remember Albus Dumbledore saying to Harry Potter once, "Words are an inexhaustible source of magic." I am reminded of Albus Dumbledore's words of wisdom as I read "SkateFate," a novel composed of poetic writings. The protagonist, Lucky Z, expresses his experiences through pure speech. Although his mother died from breast cancer, his father leaving his mother and him behind after returning from Iraq, and he was disabled in mobility after a tragic accident, he figured the essence of his ...more
Apr 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This really wasn't my cup of tea. This little book combines poetry and journal entries to tell the story of a Hispanic foster child who was injured in an accident and now is confined to a wheelchair. He suffers bullying and abuse because he is not only physically challenged, but he is also gay. The journal entries are quite moving, but I couldn't get engaged with the poems (the bulk of the text), which are supposed to appeal to a young, hip crowd. Stanzas like "for the computer tech nerd--/licor ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you want to try Herrera, this might be good-Lucky Z's story is full of contradictions, pain and joy all at the same time. The poetry rolls off your tongue (or should I say, skates?). Written in the form of Lucky's journal, we know that he has lost his friend, his mom and his dad. He is in a wheelchair but still writes in his pink journal and his poetry is exuberant and unexpected. Herrera is one of the great ones.
Silverina La Mees
Well. The poetry was great. As poetry. But as someone else said in their review, I wouldn't have understood much of the plot. I could gather a little information but nothing much.
I love the way Juan has made the poetry unique by the unusual writing style and the layout.
Mar 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult-teen
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Edward Sullivan
Lively, intense verse that will especially appeal to YA boys.
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Nov 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
I hate rating books one star, but I didn't feel anything for Lucky Z. I had a hard time with the poems and making a connection with him. I'm not sure this is one I can pass onto my students.
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Juan Felipe Herrera is the only son of Lucha Quintana and Felipe Emilio Herrera; the three were campesinos living from crop to crop on the roads of the San Joaquín Valley, Southern California and the Salinas Valley. Herrera's experiences as the child of migrant farmers have strongly shaped his work, such as the children's book Calling the Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats award in 1997. He is a ...more
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