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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz Narrator: Robert Ramirez Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Hollywood where Sammy Santos and Juliana Rios live is not the West Coast one, the one with all the glitz and glitter. This Hollywood is a tough barrio at the edge of a small town in southern New Mexico. Sammy and his friends, members of the 1969 high school graduating class, face a world of racism, dress codes, war in Vietnam, and barrio violence.

In the summer before his senior year begins, Sammy falls in love with Juliana, a girl whose tough veneer disguises a world of hurt. By summer's end, Juliana is dead. Sammy grieves; the memory of Juliana becomes his guide through the difficult year ahead. Sammy is a smart kid, but he's angry. He's angry about Juliana's death, he's angry about the poverty his father and his sister must endure, he's angry at his high school and its thinly disguised gringo racism, and he's angry he might not be able to go to college.

Benjamin Alire Saenz, evoking the bittersweet ambience found in such novels as McMurtry's The Last Picture Show, captures the essence of what it meant to grow up Chicano in small-town America in the late 1960s. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Anna | 2/8/2014

    " I just wasn't into this book. From the beginning, the writing style rubbed me the wrong way. It just seemed really depressing and slow moving. I know the main characters are living in a crappy place during a crappy time but I expected them to be more colorful and lively. It is a strange book because there was definitely depth there, but I never quite bought into it. I got to my 100-page mark and stopped reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by elissa | 1/30/2014

    " One of my favorite 2004 titles. Won the coveted JHUNT award. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alisa | 1/21/2014

    " Much better than the usual realist YA books I've been listening to. It was more complex, more divergent, less a single story with a single solution. I mean, there's the whole thing about it being "Sammy and Juliana" in Hollywood, and for most of it, Juliana's just not there. This read (listened) much more like an adult book, and that's a positive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ravegirl172 | 1/20/2014

    " sammy and juliana r inseprable. WILL she EVER noe the way sammy feels about her. Until tht faitfull day "

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