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A fast read that makes you think, laugh, and think some more
on June 7, 2012
One reviewer compared this novel to Homer's Odyssey. This is no Odyssey. To Be Frank Diego is much easier to read and a lot funnier! If you've ever lived in San Diego and had a critical thought or two about its culture or history, then you'll like this book. If you've ever had the misfortune of relying on Southern California's public transit system, then you'll like this book. If you're a product of two or more ethnicities (in this case Mexican and White/European) or have ever been concerned with biracial identity issues, then you will especially relate to Frank Diego. If you've ever had a failed relationship, then I'm guessing you will connect to this story too. Because I fall into all of the aforementioned categories, I loved this book! My only criticisms of Carrillo's debut novel are that, because it is self-published, I felt like a couple parts could be more polished or refined. I found two typos that distracted me at first, but those were the only errors I caught in 190 pages of text (I'm pretty sure I've seen typos in classic novels in their 3rd and 4th editions). Also, the beginning was a little bit slow-- but then again, the reader needs some background to get acquainted with the main character, Frank Diego (and his early flashbacks are pretty funny). I do imagine that Frank's sense of humor and social commentary will be appreciated by some more than others, depending on your style/perspective. I picture the character Frank as a young, southern Californian version of Kurt Vonnegut, if Vonnegut was half-Mexican. I'm a fan of the late, great Vonnegut, so my comparison is very good thing and I hope Carrillo writes more novels in the near future.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It's a fast read that makes you think, laugh, and think a little bit more.