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Random Family : Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Random Family Love Drugs Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Author: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
In her extraordinary bestseller, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses readers in the intricacies of the ghetto, revealing the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. Focusing on two romances -- Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy Geo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743254434
ISBN-10: 0743254430
Publication Date: 1/19/2004
Pages: 432
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3.8 stars, based on 72 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Random Family : Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx on + 10 more book reviews
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This book was hard to read, the decisions made by these young girls was heartbreaking, but I could not put it down. I kept hoping these girls would turn their lives around and better themselves and their children. I highly recommend this book, it is a sobering look at life on the streets of the Bronx, and struggles with poverty, drugs and prison life.
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Excellent book, but it's sad. It helped me understand more about what my foster children's lives were like before they were removed. It's hard to see people not learning from their parents, friends, neighbors & their own mistakes.
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This book was fascinating but also draining. It was so interesting to read about the highs and lows of these young peoples' lives. As a New Yorker, I was intrigued to see how differently we live given our close proximity to one another. The many people who populate the pages of the book, their harsh existence and the negative recurring cycles were difficult to read about, though. I recommend it because it shows - sometimes in dizzying detail - how difficult it is to break negative cycles given our socio-economic circumstances, our traditions, and day-to-day obstacles.
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I thought this book was really good. In the beginning it was quite confusing to figure out who's who... but a few chapters you get the hang of it. Good story about poverty and young girls who only know the street life.
Great Read!!!
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David Sedaris was here in Washington DC and I went to see him - during his talk, readings, etc, he noted that this was one his favorite books, primarily because of the story telling (although this is non-fiction). I really, really enjoyed the writing as well - very matter-of-fact yet it sucks you in. I think this also provides an amazing opportunity to understand some of the daily struggles of the poor, something that is good for all of us to understand and learn to appreciate. The only complaint I have is that the book somewhat abruptly ends - I guess that's because everyone's lives continue on but I was expecting a little more "closure". That said, it's a great read and I would highly recommend it.
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reviewed Random Family : Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx on + 34 more book reviews
This book was recommended to me by my brother who I rarely share similar tastes. He raved about it, and told me that my daughter, who is a social worker, has probably read it. Turns out that her mother-in-law gave it to her when she graduated from the University of Chicago School of Social Work. Subsequently, she's given it to her interns over the last 10 years.
The stories are beyond anything I know from my suburban upbringing, but clearly show that if we don't figure out one generation to help, this tale will continue generation after generation as we saw it. I think that every thinking person should read this.
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I tried to read this book. I got to about page 75. But it was too depressing for me to continue. I'm sure many people would like this book. It starts in the 80's and is about a "Random" poor Puerto Rican family in the Bronx. The men are all drug dealers and their girls are all pregnant at 14 and 15. The women are constantly getting beaten and seem to accept it as part of life. The drug gangs get busted and all the men go to jail. The women seem to have no morals at all and run around like crazy even though they know that they will receive a beating or be kicked out of the house. The poor babies are neglected or abused. I just couldn't go on. This is a non-fiction book, researched for years by the author and nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It's also a New York Times Best Seller. So, if this is a part of life that you are really interested in, don't let my opinions stop you. I am just too sensitive to this type of thing and it saddens me that people really live like this - in perpetual ignorance and despair.
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This is a truly intense book - and not for the faint of heart.

It's a true story, with no tidy, happy ending. At the end you can start to see the same generational pattern coming down the road for the kids.

This book really made me reflect on my own upbringing - and made me very thankful for my parents and extended family!


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