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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556527225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556527227
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A viciously candid, self-deprecating memoir."  —Chicago magazine


"An oftentimes painful, close-up look at the blow-by-blow evolution of a female gang leader. . . reveals the fear, despair, and longing inside a seeming heart of stone."  —Gini Sikes, author, 8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the World of Girl Gangs



"A brutal, chilling firsthand account of how a young person who is raised without positive family values will reach out to a gang to find a support system and a substitute family."  —Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State and founder, the Jesse White Tumblers, an anti-gang and -drug program

About the Author

Reymundo Sanchez is the pseudonym of a former Latin King who no longer lives in Chicago. He is the author of My Bloody Life and Once a King, Always a King, and has appeared on Fox News Chicago, Telemundo, and Univision. Sonia Rodriguez is the pseudonym of a former Latin Queen who no longer lives in Chicago. 

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Customer Reviews

This book is definitley a must read for anyone who is thinking about gang-life.
Sherica Aregbe
I dont want to say too much without giving the entire book but I'll let you be the judge.
Leslie
READ the book it will amaze and intrigue you, and you will get an honest look!!
Kelly

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Wolinsky on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was less than halfway through the book when I realized a sad fact; I was no longer shocked! The terrible things happening to the protagonist were becoming too common in the story. It seems as though her life couldn't be anything BUT abusive. This isn't a story of the "downward spiral"; it's someone born into the "spiral."

This girl is sexually abused by her uncle, then her cousin, and when she tells her mother about the molestation, she gets beaten. When that happened, I was no longer shocked that she got involved in gangs. This was a child who had no advocate, no supportive parent, and nobody really cared. If she'd told her teachers what was going on, what would they have done? This was an era when child molestation wasn't taken as seriously as it is now. This girl had nowhere to turn to but the gangs.

"Lady Q" is not terribly well-written, but it doesn't need to be. This is a story that all teachers and social workers should read, if you want to understand why kids get involved in gangs from an early age. Gangs aren't anything like the ones portrayed in "West Side Story." Kids don't join gangs because of racism and poverty; they join because it's a substitute for family and it gives them a sense of power.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Gutierrez on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
So I absolutely loved both of Sanchez's previous books but this one was disappointing!!! It is written by Sanchez and telling Lady Q's story...not at all what I expected. I read the first few chapters and agree with the rest of the reviews that it is repetitive and does not have the "feel" of the previous books. Needless to say, I went back and returned it to Borders and got some other book. I'm going to wait until the price goes way down to finish it, You should too! Definitely, not worth spending so much money on!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cristina Mclaughlin on March 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There is little that isn't compelling about this story. A young girl in an abusive home and environment falls into the arms of the gangs around her for a source of protection and love. She rises through the ranks from being a street soldier to leading one of the largest distributors of cocaine in Chicago. It's a morally reverse rags to riches back to rags story. The facts in the novel are raw and hard hitting but nevertheless poorly told.

My first major qualm with this story is that it is one long elaborate summary that didn't seem to go through much revision or was even artistically presented in any way. Although this was done entirely through an interview, we rarely get any direct quotes from Lady Q herself or even the line of questioning that leads up to those questions. We don't physically or emotionally "see" this story through description or otherwise. Lady Q's reactions to these questions (outside of the 3 minute cry at the novel's inception) are totally absent from the story and thus any emotional connection the reader could have made as well. Instead we are presented with a poor commentary from the author himself with seems devoid of any color, character or personalization. Lady Q herself seems a vapid character in spite of the constant assurance that she has a charismatic and magnetic personality. I feel like the author is spoon feeding us characterization and description instead of relying on writing talent to tell us the story.

Let me quote to demonstrate:
"Sonia remembers a gang-warfare incident that happened on a sunny day during the first summer her family spent in their new apartment. Her mother was sitting and looking out the front window down the boulevard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jklkdblm on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book, but it could've been better. I read "My Bloody Life" and "Once a King Always a King" so I was a little disappointed with this. I was expecting a great biography like Reymundo Sanchez, but that fell short of my expectations. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, but at the end of the book I was left wanting to know more. I wish the overall book would've had more detail. Coming from a very similar background I was expecting more...better luck next time I guess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on July 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read both of Reymundo Sanchez books and they were great! But this book... pretty much repeated it self over and over and over again. I dont want to say too much without giving the entire book but I'll let you be the judge. I read the book in 5 days and was just simply not what I expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Martinez on October 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read My Bloody Life and DEVOURED every word on every page, I was completely impressed with it and passed it on to many people who loved it just as much as I did. Of course, upon finishing that book, I couldnt wait to get my hands on the second book, Once a King, Always a King, which I also loved and passed on to others who were anxiously waiting ti read it. So you can imagine how eager I was to read THIS one, I was instantly intrigued when I saw it was about the same type of situation but while focusing on a female. Oh how disappointing. I found myself reading it and being far more critical about the subjectof the book, which I didnt like feeling. I'm not sure what could have improved it, I just wanted to write this to let others know that if you've read the other two and enjoyed them and are looking forward to reading this one and being equally satisfied, you probably wont be.
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