Challenged Book: Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days In L.A.
In the book, Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days In L.A, written by Luis J. Rodriguez, the main character Luis Rodriguez, experiences a crazy early teen life of being a gang member in East Los Angeles. Luis Rodriguez describes La Vida Loca, which means “the crazy life”, through the gang culture, the endless shootings he witnessed, beatings, arrests, and also through murder, drugs, and suicide. Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days In L.A has very sensitive, explosive details about the acts of crime in the streets, drugs, murder, and sex, which resulted in this book being challenged. Luis Rodriguezs’ details are extraordinary, haunting, and yet very unique. Always Running: …show more content…
For example, in chapter 2 of Always Running, Luis Rodriguez says, “A deputy restrained me as the other one climbed onto the roof. He stopped at a skylight, jagged edges on one of its sides. Shining a flashlight inside the building, the officer spotted Tino’s misshapen body on the floor, sprinkled over with shards of glass” (Rodriguez, 37). This was the very first time Luis had witnessed his close friend die in front of him all because they trespassed the sign that read “ NO ONE ALLOWED AFTER 4:30 PM, BY ORDER OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.” Death is a scary scene to see and especially that the fact it can haunt you for the rest of your life. Some young adults may already be trespassing places they are not suppose to be and this specific example will teach young adults about thinking smarter and about following the laws. If Luis and Tino never passed the gate, Tino would have been still alive. Another sensitive, detailed topic that Luis Rodriguez describes is about sex. “The penis sank into the bristle of pubis, then slid into the oil vagina, covering it in flesh and juice and rhythm of pelvis” (Rodriguez, 128). This detail is very descriptive, and is another reason teen pregnancy is happening. One little move on a girl or guy can turn you into becoming a mother or father. This isn't the only “pornographic” detail Luis states in his book, there are much more. He writes these details in his book because it is the reality of what teenagers do and he wants to teach teenagers life lessons about sex. Luis faced discrimination, arrests, gangs, drugs, and all kinds of street crimes. But, within all this Luis continued to go to school and opportunities popped up for him. Everyone is struggling but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give up. Luis didn’t give up and in the book he stands up to what
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Always Running: La Vida Loca Gangs Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez. As a teenager , he was active in the Lomas gang, one of the largest Latino gang in Los Angeles. As a teenager, he witnessed different type of changes in his life and knew only a life of violence. Luis J.Rodriguez title his novel Always Running because Grillo the main character run away from drugs,violence and gang.
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Some readers can interpret this as Chente trying to get Luis to forget Lomas and his background all together to start over completely but Luis is able to recognize that Chente was trying to show him that, “A bigger world awaited” (p.8) This is able to demonstrate how Luis having an adult to assist and support him in making decisions to determine his future has helped him be able to see the bigger picture and be able to look at future possibilities from all directions. Furthermore, this section allows the author to communicate that without the guidance of Chente, Luis would have most likely stayed in Lomas with the idea that he has to start helping from there. The audience should be able to recognize that having the involvement of an adult in decision making will help broaden their view on the
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