Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
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... show more
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 George, and Coco’s first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar—Random Family is the story of young people trying to outrun their destinies. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between survival and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and, throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty.Charting the tumultuous cycle of the generations—as girls become mothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation—LeBlanc slips behind the cold statistics and sensationalism and comes back with a riveting, haunting, and true story.
Publish date: January 19th 2004
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, New York
, Social Issues
85. RANDOM FAMILY, BY ADRIAN NICOLE LEBLANCRecommended by Mary. This isn’t really a review, it’s more like an explanation to her. See, I didn’t actually read this one... I tried, I really did, but nonfiction just isn’t my thing. I appreciate you recommending it, but fiction is what I really love to ...
As intrigued as I was by the premise, the book itself felt like a bit of a slog, and I never quite read the whole thing, more skimmed it.
Riveting portrait of a family in the Bronx ghetto where they live. The author became part of this family for 10 years, and her immersion gives this book a verisimilitude that is often lacking in less well-researched books I've read. It was a difficult read but a fascinating one.
I’ve been procrastinating on this review because it’s so hard to explain why a book is great or important. But when I come across one that is I have to share it with people.... so.This is a work of narrative nonfiction, following an extended family and their friends for about 17 years. The subjects ...