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About the Author
- Publication Date : October 13, 2016
- File Size : 1106 KB
- Publisher : GHP Books; 1st edition (October 13, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01M4JCWEH
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 210 pages
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #964,668 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is clear that Talula and Chico are fairly good friends. I say fairly because he did lie to her. Other than that, they have a friendship that both would like to take the next step. The struggle of becoming more than friends is also clear and realistic. Both filled with uncertainty.
However, I found the presentation of the book in general a bit flat. The writing for starters was okay. There were some grammatical errors, but what really got to me was the forced dialogue and the cringe-worthy scenes. I completely understand that this is meant for young adults, but I have come to love many books in this genre, so I know it's the genre itself. Reflecting back, I think a lot has to do with me not liking the main characters.
It is difficult to point out why I didn't like the characters. Perhaps it was the immaturity. Perhaps it was the ridiculous choices they were making. Or perhaps they just seemed too young for my taste. For whatever reason, I did not like them and that hindered my enjoyment of the book.
The plot sometimes kept my interest, and sometimes I found myself skimming along to fast forward some of the uninteresting parts. Personally, if I heard a gun shot, the first thing I would do is tell my parents no matter what. But, for whatever reason both Chico and Talula decided not to say anything. Then, when Chico was being shot at, he still didn't tell his mom. I found this very frustrating and unrealistic.
Overall, this was a middle-of-the-road book that I didn't really enjoy, but maybe others would.
Synopsis (from back cover): As they bumped along on the old bike, Chico Boy said, “Last night I dreamed I was riding a motorcycle up a meat mountain.”
“Raw meat? Or cooked?”
“What’s the difference?”
“One’s bloody, and the other isn’t,” Talula huffed as she spoke. Chico Boy could tell she was getting tired.
“It was raw—blood everywhere."
Life isn’t easy when you have as many obstacles to overcome as fourteen-year-old Chico Boy has in his life. For starters, his Dad left over a year ago and he’s fallen behind in school. And even though his mother works hard at her waitressing job, she’s barely able to cover the family’s expenses. Things like new underwear and tennis shoes fall far down on the list of essentials when compared to gas, food and rent. And now to top it all off, he and his best friend Tulula think they’ve witnessed a possible murder. But take heart, not all is bad for Chico Boy. He has a great group of friends and an indomitable spirit that keeps him bouncing high on the pogo stick of life.
Chico boy has a rough life. His dad left, His Mom is a struggling waitress. Money s tight and simple things in life are a daily struggle. One day he and his best friend Tulula think they saw a murder happen.
An original story about a fourteen year old boy making the best out of what life has given him. Chico is very likable, he tries to make the best out of his life in any way. He has a group of friends and a mentor, life is good for this young boy. I really enjoyed Chico Boy and feel young adult and adult readers will enjoy it as well.