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Locas: A Novel by Yxta Maya Murray

Locas: A Novel

by Yxta Maya Murray

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Sensationalistic novel about Chicano/a gang life in LA. Didn't love it. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
I am still not sure, but I think might have read this before, years ago. It's a brutal depiction of the poverty, hopelessness, and violence of the lives of two gang-affiliated young women in East L.A. It was sad and horrible and I couldn't put it down. ( )
  sshadoan | Nov 10, 2011 |
This book call Locas a novel by Marray, Yxta Mayais a great book that explains the life of a gang.

Locas is the story of two teenage girls, Lucia and Cecilia, the girlfriend and sister of a rising young gangster. Living in Echo Park, a tough Los Angeles neighboorhood. through out the story both Lucia and Cecilia describe the life and Manny`s life as he spreads out his gun and drug bussines. Cecilia tiered of being a powerfull lobo member`s girlfriend forms her own gang with all the lobos member`s girlfriends fight to be known for getting easy money on their own. Cecilia on the other hand has bigger responsabilities, motherhood is what takes her time. Both girls have their independency and as Manny they make some thing of them selfs with out depending on a guy.

i reccomand this book to everyone, those who like action and love. This book is great i really liked it.
  tweetygurl | Mar 24, 2010 |
This book is called Locas by Murray Yxta Maya and its a fiction book.

This is about how this two girls named Cecilia and Lucia trying to be like the guys being in gangs and acting tough.
First they were like no other girl, they wore dresses and dressing girly,Lucia was Manny's girlfriend.Manny is Cecilia's brother.Lucia got with Manny because she wanted everybody to respect her because Manny was in a gang named Lobos.
Lucia helped Manny with things that Manny could not handle,Lucia help him with counting money.
Cecilia always though she was not good for any guys but she got with a guy name Beto beto was in the Lobos too,Lucia was expecting a baby from Beto but Beto always got drunk and hit Cecilia one day Beto beat her up and went to her moms house then her mom called Manny then when Manny got the news he went and beat up Beto for what he did to her sister Cecilia.

Lucia started her own little gang only girls then they started selling drugs and acting tough and soon they became powerfull more than Manny's gang.

I recommend this book because this book is about how girls would be able to do whatever they want just to be tougher than a guy and be able to boss anybody. ( )
  tinkerbell1 | Mar 23, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0802135641, Paperback)

This powerful, deft, and fast-moving first novel reads like a direct line to the hearts and lives of two young girls of Mexican descent living in the gang-dominated stratum of Echo Park, a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. The story is told alternately through the voices of Lucia and Celia, who through family and love are linked to the dangerous center of an emergent, fast-growing Latino gang dealing in guns and drugs. Celia watches her beloved older brother as he rises in power as gangbanger and changes in frightening ways, yet she herself struggles to find a way to live a life of goodness. Lucia, meanwhile, transgresses barriers in her own culture by forming her own female gang, the Fire Girls. Murray has a musician's ear for the language of these women, the first-generation children of immigrants coming of age in a violent place where the roles and rules of their mothers no longer obtain.

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The divergent paths of two girls in the Chicano gang world of Los Angeles. Cecilia is the sister of a gang leader and Lucia is his girlfriend. The girlfriend uses the connection to form a gang of her own, while the sister decides she has not the stomach for robbing old women, and gives up crime to become a cleaning woman. A first novel.… (more)

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