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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (587 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Soto Narrator: Robert Ramirez Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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You can pray and sometimes God listens, says 19-year-old Eddie. Other times he's far away in India or Africa or maybe close to home in Fresno, his body sprawled on the floor, glass all around because of a drive-by.

All Eddie wants is to find a way out of the dangerous life he's living, where his friends are lost in a world of drugs and violence. Even his aunt wants to give him a gun so he can avenge the death of her son. But no matter how hard he works, Eddie can't seem to pull himself away from the sweltering sadness of the city. It's as if giant onions had been buried beneath him, Eddie thinks, releasing shimmering vapors off the black asphalt all around.

Gary Soto, the award-winning author of Jesse, presents a tough, relentless look at a life spiraling out of control. Narrator Robert Ramirez voices all the grim failure of the American dream.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonathan Diaz | 2/17/2014

    " This is a great book about a young Mexican American boy who grows up in a society filled with criminals, gangsters, and other challenges. This young boy learns to work and try to make an honest living, but it isn't really such an easy thing to do in his society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by George Rico | 2/14/2014

    " This book gets 4 stars because it talks about a boy named Eddie it talks about Eddies identedy which explains most of his problems.You should rally read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hina | 2/14/2014

    " Eddie always smells the scent of onions in the air--the sharp bitter odor of hopelessness and anger that haunts the poor side of Fresno. After his cousin is killed, his aunt urges him to seek out and punish the murderer. To avoid the pressure building in his neighborhood, Eddie takes a landscaping job in an affluent suburb. But this too goes awry when his boss's truck is stolen while in his care. In the end, with his money gone and a dangerous gang member stalking him, Eddie's only choice is to join the military and hope that they can give him a better future than the one Fresno seems to offer. He doesn't know what to do after that since the chances of him catching the murderer have dramatically decreased, and he hopes to find a better way of life for himself. He tries to find a new beginning for himself and start over. He tries to forget the past and start over. His tries for himself to start over are ambitious, as he learns how harsh life can really make things when situations are already very bad, and are beginning to seem as if they were getting worse. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book my junior year in HS with a student teacher. It was the most awful book I had probably EVER read. I would suggest you do NOT read this book if you want to keep your sanity "

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