By Daniel Chacon
Joey Molina had by no means been in a struggle. The very considered violence dissatisfied him. He basically desired to be an actor, and so he learn performs and discovered new phrases along with his mom.
while he is solid within the lead function within the university play, he is wanting to cross domestic and inform his kin approximately it, yet his mom and dad have a statement in their personal.
In a climb up the socioeconomic ladder, the Molinas movement from their critical California barrio to a small city in Oregon the place they're one in all purely 3 Latino households. the youngsters in Joey's institution imagine that due to the fact he is a Chicano from California, he needs to find out about gangs and road existence. this is often while Joey assumes the performing position of his younger existence.
which will win immediate attractiveness, worry, and appreciate, he tells each person that he used to be in a gang, that he used to be a member of vato loco, a difficult highway gang who fought with knifes and chains, and sure, occasionally weapons ("Sometimes demise used to be involved," he tells them). the youngsters take heed to his tales with rapt awareness. after they urge Joey to begin a gang of their small Oregon city, he does, and his new pals develop into unwitting actors within the comedy of which he's the author, the director, and the superstar. even if, after years of posturing as a difficult man, he wonders, is he a gang chief, or is he nonetheless appearing?
within the gang struggle conflict royal, Joey Molina needs to face his strongest opponents, his kin, and himself. Daniel Chacón renders the guts and soul of his memorable characters with striking perception, crafting a profound tale that resonates with emotional intensity.
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