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NewYorican by [Cruz, AC]
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Length: 208 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AC Links LLC (December 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IH6TCC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This is a catharsis. To forgive himself for the crimes of his past the author must face and acknowledge them. Hence this memoir.

It is mesmerising. But it is also a difficult read.

Not because it is poorly written, because it is not.

Not because the story bores, because it does not.

It is difficult because it is a litany of drug selling, easy betrayal, casual terrorism, casual sex and brutality on a monumental scale.

The author's voice is raw and flatly uncompromising. It portrays without seeming embellishment a world that most of us fervently thank the fates for sparing us from. How the author escaped death or jail is testament to perhaps his survival skills, his incredible luck or his wish to put such a life behind him.

This is a story that stirs emotions, often anger, while reading.

So why have I given it a 5 star rating?

Because the story is a powerful one, powerfully told.

Has the author forgiven himself? Could you come to terms with such a past? Has he earned his second chance?

Perhaps we find out in the sequel, King of the Woods.
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Someone mentioned that the grammar in this book is slightly askew. But when does a good storyteller have to have good grammar. AC Cruz is telling his story and it's compelling and that's all that's needed for a good book. He brings you into the moment and educates the reader about a lifestyle that would you wouldn't ordinarily be privy to. His story evokes compassion for the hardships he endured and sometimes anger towards those that delivered him hard knocks. Every word drives you forward to the next chapter and each chapter is more revealing and naked than the previous chapter. It's a tremendous insight into the lives of young people that live and endure complex lives that are sometimes dysfunctional at home and enterprising in the street. I can't wait to read more from this author.
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I debated over 5-stars or 4 only because the early release of this book still has some typos and editing to clean up.
However, I didn't care about that. This is a memoir of a fascinating life. Mr. Cruz experienced more hardship and amazement before turning 20 than many experience in a century. It's also a tale of dealing with internal battles and anxiety created from living such a perilous life.
Growing up poor in Brooklyn, New York and facing harsh realities of family deaths and family needs, Cruz finds himself dealing cocaine and heroin by adolescence. The events he deals with--the money, women, sex, drugs, guns, life hazards and more kept me intrigued from first page to last.
Cruz grew up Puerto Rican in NYC, bilingual and admits to not having more than a 7th grade education. As a young teenager he becomes "the Kid," the unspoken leader and money man of the drug lords he runs with, handling more money and responsibility than many people encounter in a lifetime. How does a teenage city kid deal with the fast life of money, drugs, guns and women? I'm glad it was Mr. Cruz and not me. It's a small miracle he lived to write the book.
This is a rags to riches to rags to riches story, several times over, a remarkable life adventure in just a few decades.
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This book tells the whole story about the devils AC cruz faces and how he managed to face them and write about it. There is so much details in this book that I can relate to and feel comfort from knowing I'm not alone in this. Definitely an inspiration to get others to write about their stories as well. I personally live with PTSD and anxiety issues. A lot of them were calmed from reading this book. Life in New York has it's good side and bad side. It reassures you that everyone can choose to change if they want to. AC put's his words into his book with a passion for freedom. I believe today he is free from most of his past. Every now and then I see AC Cruz online with Google Plus and I see a man who made a transition from dark to pious. I highly recommend people to read his story because, it will change the way you think.
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It's a rare memoir that catches my attention. It's even rarer that one grabs my attention enough to read, but the author's story couldn't be more different from my own safe, sweet memories. I think that's why it fascinated me page after page.

The author's detailed accounts of his personal, and iconic social experiences lead readers from abandonment, culturally related religion, familial dysfunction, and the eighties...in New York, no less. ...and Puerto Rico. Sex, drugs, dancing, partying, guns, cars, fighting, family, and fear are all part of this incredible life most only know in tiny parts.

As riveting as the story is, there are just some things in life that most of us may want to know "about"...but would really rather not know from "experience."

Thanks for the virtual experiences shared in your book, Mr. Cruz. I wouldn't have survived half of them beyond the written words.

For folks wondering why I gave 4 stars instead of 5, have no fear. I absolutely do recommend NewYorican to anyone who enjoys "slice of life" memoirs. There are a few issues with grammar/spelling that keep it from the perfection of 5 stars, and there are a few gaps/missing pieces in some of the stories. Considering the author was a 7th grade dropout (though highly self-educated) and some story details should probably remain unwritten, I can certainly forgive these tiny issues and still recommend the book. I just can't score it a perfect 5. This solid 4 is definitely worth the read.
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