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It was a good book that portrayed the streets of LA I really related to what the author talked about even though he recollected events that are years past my time Growing up in LA county my entire life, and being half Mexican, is what made me really relate to the authors memoir. Growing up in California, and attending schools that were often 50% orhispanic, I was really interested in this book I was hoping that it would expose to me the culture, and reasons, behind gangs To some extent, the book achieved this.However, I was so put off by the book, that I stopped halfway through The author offers lots of short narratives of events that happened in his life, but they are not strung together into a cohesive story I felt it jarring to try to place the event in the timeline of his life, and it seemed to bounce around a bit It was very distracting to try and follow, and it ruined the flow of the story.Also, I wantedI wanted I had to do this because , rather than what seemed a voluntary choosing of the lifestyle At points, he does say the gun violence or rape was not his thing, but he passively and sometimes actively participates and or does nothing to stop it He doesn t tell the reader why he s compelled to do it, other than that s what you do What are the consequences of not doing, or stopping a gang rape Where is the enlightenment, the learnings Perhaps I ll never know because I didn t finish it, but the lack of insight into the why of things made me quit this book.2 stars for honesty and courage to tell this story If this was fiction, it would be 1 star. I found this to be a powerful and painful read It s not easy reading about the gang experience It s harder still when you know it could have been your story if circumstances had been different I knew it was bad in LA, but I had no idea how hard it was just to survive.I m Mexican American and 4 years older than the author There was a time in my life that I wouldn t admit to being Mexican American because of the attitudes towards us Some of those attitudes are reported in this book and that made it painful to read and relive Was it worth reading absolutely The glaring contradictions in this memoir make it hard to side with the author You can only take so many I was given no opportunities paragraphs next to ones about voluntary drug use, sex, and violence until it s impossible to believe anything the author says. ALWAYS RUNNING IS AN AMAZING BOOKThis book is about a young boy named Luis Rodrigues known as the author It talks about Gang days back in the old days of Los Angeles This book is based on his real life, some people dont realize how life is because they havent gone through or havent seen anything Life in Colorado isnt the same as in the south or in other places its very difficult to live in a time the way Luis did and other people as well People dont understand that some people stay homeless for not fighting for their lives This book talked about several things, though i like the way Luis was, he always said what he had on mind and he wasnt afraid to admit things and things he did wrong. He tried to act like a bad boy, but i know he still had good inside of him Luis was not a very smart boy, he could of been but he just didnt do what was right i understand that what Luis was going through was rough times This book was a bit confusing i understood what the author was trying to tell us, but there was some parts in the book where it was difficult to understand.I think that Luis did good on writing this book for several reasons I would recommend this book to anybody that is going through hard times, or that have had gang experiences Some people think that being in a gang is cool and this and that, they just try to fit in The ones that are in gangs supposably are just fakes and rookies The ones that actually dont want to be homeless and fight for their beliefs are in real gangs some people have to be in gangs to survive and in order to protect themselves The ones that are in real gangs are not proud of what theyre into, but they have no other choice Its either u die or you fight for your life i could make several connections to the book i have some friends cousins that are involved in gangs There life isnt in a good position right now this book is just great and i would recommend this book to anybody 1 Always Running is an engaging and intelligent look into the socio political factors that have led to the proliferation of street gangs in the last century in areas where large percentages of citizens have few opportunities but plentiful obstacles, told through the firsthand experiences of former gang member and now activist, Luis Rodriguez, as he grows up as an oppressed minority in the over policed, but under protected, gang haven of East LA Though his story is fairly common his parents moved from Mexico to LA to improve their lives and in spite of their best efforts weren t able to protect their son from getting absorbed into the world of gangs surrounding him it s how he tells the story that makes this book unique and valuable Rodriguez doesn t romanticize the gang lifestyle of drugs, women, and crime the way that other writers might do Rather, Rodriguez uses real human emotion and insight to explain the sheer horrors of this lifestyle in an attempt to deter any kids from wanting to live it Though Always Running is a personal account of Rodriguez s gang activity and later activism, it s as much a historical account of the factors that led to the rise of gangs in LA in the 20th Century and he blends the two perfectly We see how those factors are similar to those that led Rodriguez to join a gang himself He didn t join because he wanted to do drugs, have power, and kill people, he joined because, if he didn t, he d bevulnerable to being beaten, robbed, and or killed growing up as an oppressed minority in a dangerous and chaotic world A gang affiliation meant protection but it also meant identity Mexicans have long faced discrimination in this country, and many joined gangs as a way to celebrate their heritage of struggle The book is filled with great quotes that explain this identity I d walk into the counselor s office for whatever reason and looks of distain greeted me one meant for a criminal It was harder to defy this expectation than just accept it It was a jacket I could try to take off, but they kept putting it back on So why not be proud Why not be an outlaw Why not make it our own Though the book exposes a lot of ugliness, one of the major themes Rodriguez explores is his pride in Chicano heritage, and how this pride eventually inspired him to give up the gang lifestyle When he s able to explore his identity inpositive ways, such as through joining Chicano pride groups, painting murals, and writing about his experiences, Rodriguez slowly starts to leave the gang lifestyle behind, and in doing so, he begins to see through its shallowness and pointlessness Though it may give kids protection and a feeling of pride, he shows how those doing the protecting may be the very people who you need protection from when you question their lifestyle and how silly their pride is when it comes at the expense of selling your own soul Luckily for Rodriguez, he was able to escape this lifestyle, which is not something many of his friends could say Death is always around every corner, and every turn of the page, and so few kids like Rodriguez are able to live long enough to see through this lifestyle and develop into productive members of society.One of the most valuable parts of this book is its socio political message about the horrible affects the oppression of minorities has on a society, and this message is as current and poignant today as it was when the book was written Rodriguez explains how systemic racism was used throughout the history of LA to keep certain minority groups poor, disenfranchised, and controlled by their oppressors, and how this not only hurts the minority groups, but also hurts the oppressors Society creates gangs then lives in fear of being attacked by them and police brutality results It s impossible today to turn on the news and avoid stories of policemen and women harassing, intimidating, assaulting, and sometimes, killing, specific demographics of US citizens for no other reason than their skin color, religious affiliation, national origins This books is filled with so many examples of horrific crimes committed by police officers that it s hard not to be outraged Granted, most of these crimes were committed against gang members, but these gang members were mostly misguided kids, and the cops, who are adults who ve sworn to protect and defend US citizens, oftentimes causeviolence and crime than the gang members Again, Rodriguez has a lot of great quotes to explain this In the barrio, the police are just another gang Shootings, assaults and skirmishes between the barrios are direct results of police activity Even drug dealing I know this Everybody knows this Quotes like this show why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important, and how it didn t just emerge out of some bubble the problem has always been here, and thethat people read books like Always Running, the better chances we have as a society to address it.Part poetic personal story, part engaging historical lesson, part inspiration tale of redemption, part exultation of Chicano heritage, part poignant work of socio political activism, Always Running is a multifaceted book dripping with live in human experience and emotion, and I highly recommend it to everyone who cares about improving the world they live in. Being in education, I m always curious about banned books and books with lots of buzz Here in California, Always Running is kept behind the checkout desk at my local library because it is one of the most stolen books, so I wanted to check it out Interesting enough but not steal worthy I can see how his story would appeal to teens, although I don t think they should read it thus the ban and theft issue I guess Everyone needs a place to fit in and belong. I think it was a really good book It never got out of the story it was very concentrated on Luis The main Character. Luis Rodriguez speaks out of a virtually unheard experience a young Chicano man who survived la vida loca gang culture in South San Gabriel Rodriguez writing is raw and brutally honest, but with a lyricism that will stop readers in their tracks He gives voice to an unheard cry, and illuminates the heartbreaking cycle of poverty and violence that perpetuates gang wars He neither simplifies the problem, nor admits defeat His passion for reconciliation and true empowerment of minority communities, such as the Mexican American community, is staggering I found this truly challenging and convicting particularly as I have reevaluated my approach to library outreach for teens Read this Booktalk this 8th 12th graders `KINDLE ⇬ Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. ⇯ The Award Winning And Bestselling Classic Memoir About A Young Chicano Gang Member Surviving The Dangerous Streets Of East Los Angeles, Now Featuring A New Introduction By The AuthorWinner Of The Carl Sandburg Literary Award, Hailed As A New York Times Notable Book, And Read By Hundreds Of Thousands, Always Running Is The Searing True Story Of One Man S Life In A Chicano Gang And His Heroic Struggle To Free Himself From Its GripBy Age Twelve, Luis Rodriguez Was A Veteran Of East Los Angeles Gang Warfare Lured By A Seemingly Invincible Gang Culture, He Witnessed Countless Shootings, Beatings, And Arrests And Then Watched With Increasing Fear As Gang Life Claimed Friends And Family Members Before Long, Rodriguez Saw A Way Out Of The Barrio Through Education And The Power Of Words And Successfully Broke Free From Years Of Violence And Desperation Achieving Success As An Award Winning Poet, He Was Sure The Streets Would Haunt Him No Until His Young Son Joined A Gang Rodriguez Fought For His Child By Telling His Own Story In Always Running, A Vivid Memoir That Explores The Motivations Of Gang Life And Cautions Against The Death And Destruction That Inevitably Claim Its ParticipantsAt Times Heartbreakingly Sad And Brutal, Always Running Is Ultimately An Uplifting True Story, Filled With Hope, Insight, And A Hard Earned Lesson For The Next Generation