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"Readers will find Crazy Loco Love a departure in a new direction, for now the author, revisiting his late-adolescent self, becomes exceedingly interested in matters of the flesh." --Kirkus Reviews

"What a book! ...an outrageous mezcla/mix of autobiography, mysticism, folk tales and more....Here, then, we read the memoir of a victim of anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican xenophobic hatred...Not since Fante's Ask the Dust have we been smacked in the face so vividly by a work..." --San Diego Union-Tribune

"Villaseñor writes honestly about his awkward moments….Brimming with hyperbole and New Age spiritual directives [his] coming-of-age story should inspire those following in his footsteps." --Booklist

About the Author

VICTOR VILLASENOR is a writer whose works have brought Mexican-American culture and literature to a wide audience. He is the author of the highly acclaimed best-sellers Burro Genius (Rayo, 2004); Rain of Gold (Arte Público Press, 1991), which details the saga of his family's immigration to the U.S. from Mexico; and Thirteen Senses: A Memoir (Rayo, 2002). His other non-fiction works include Wild Steps of Heaven (Delta Books, 1995), Jury: The People vs. Juan Corona (Little, Brown and Company, 1976), and the screenplay for the award-winning film The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. Villaseñor lives in Oceanside, California, where he continues to write.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Pr; 1St Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558853154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558853157
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Murphy on September 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't wait for Crazyloco Love! I had been expecting it since last year! I just got it on Friday and I'm almost done with it. I am amazed by Victor Villasenor's honesty about his adolescent life. Most people would not bring out the skeletons in their closet, but Victor has no qualms about it and that is what I love the most about his books. He is by far my most favorite author ever! I highly recommend this and every other book written by Mr. Villasenor.
Edited to add... I finshed the book last night and I LOVED it! So now what's next, eh Victor? :-)
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Susan Laplant on October 21, 2008
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I loved all of victor villasenor's books but this one reads more like a motivational talk than a memoir. The constant use of words in bold capitlizations was annoying. (the reader understands the concept of "screaming" just as well as "SCREAMING". I lost count of the times he used the words "crazy loco". The story felt patched and cobbled together as though he didn't really have much to work with. Skip this book and read Rain Of Gold.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SLOPOK on June 5, 2012
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I belong to a book club and probably wouldn't have picked this book on my own....however, it was a fantastic choice! This book gives you a real roller coaster ride through the young life of Victor Vallasenor, sometimes I hated it, most of the time I loved it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Romerdahl on November 18, 2008
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Crazy Loco Love is another installment in the saga that, luckily for us, Victor Villasenor is passing on to the reading public. This novel is in some ways different from his others but is, as always, fascinating. Villasenor is a story teller and again he tells a grand one, this time of the conflicts that a Mexican American adolescent and young adult faces as he tries to find his place in the Chicano world. It is some times wild and crazy, the loco vida, and at times introspective. He can make the reader cringe as he describes the pain he has felt. He also can make the reader feel hope that even in spite of all difficulties he -- and we-- can find a good place to be at peace.

I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cyndiloo on November 2, 2012
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I love this author!!! This book is great reading for all, but especially for males - whether fathers or sons. He is so honest and blunt and yet seeks to find meaning in all that he has experienced. I made my husband read it and he couldn't put it down. There is so much to ponder for fathers and their own relationships with their sons. Would recommend this book to all. His unique style of writing flows through all of his books. For those who are familiar with this style, you will feel like you are welcoming back a new friend. And for those who aren't, get ready to experience a simple, yet profound style that sets Villasenor apart from all other authors. Don't read to critic this book, just read and enjoy the ride!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 8, 2008
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There are certain things expected of a young Hispanic Catholic man. "Crazy Loco Love" is the memoir of Victor Villasenor and his coming of age as a young man who pursues the opposite sex. The collision of his Catholic values and his hormones leads to an intriguing story that many will relate to as he gains experience, both through experimentation and meeting of a more mature woman. "Crazy Loco Love" is something many readers will enjoy and relate to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Kelsey on September 16, 2012
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What first caught my attention about Crazy Loco Love was that it was a book about a teen from a strict religious upbringing dealing with raging hormones. This situation I could to relate well, being a Mormon!
What I found was this and so much more! This book had me riveted from beginning to end. The mysteries and characters Victor encountered had me hungry to find out what would happen next. And the discoveries he made opened up for me a whole new understanding of my faith. Yes, at times it was explicit, but in ways that were so true!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on December 11, 2008
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I loved this book! I could not put this book down just like the others that I've read by him. Although, there were parts of the book that might have offended some (the infamous pubic hairs, etc.), this book is about his life beginning at age 13 through adult age. He was being totally honest, and come on, we all "did" or "thought" of weird & dumb things as teenagers.lol
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