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Random Family

Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

LeBlanc, Adrian Nicole

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.

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Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2004
Edition: 1st Scribner trade paperback ed
ISBN: 0743254430
9780743254434
Branch Call Number: 974.727 L445r 2004
Characteristics: 409 p. ;,23 cm

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2004 Street Lit honoree in nonfiction category.

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. This book is hugely popular among inmates at Danbury prison.

The author immerses readers in the intricacies of the ghetto, revealing the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamor, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society.


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Aug 05, 2014
  • bronteside rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not for the faint of heart. Leave your middle class comfort zone and know you can return after spending 11 years and four hundred pages with the saddest,scariest and most resourceful creatures poverty can buy.
LeBlanc is unflinchingly honest and fair in her portrait of four people who make bad choices,but go on. Incredible work.

Apr 24, 2014
  • sarahfox rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Honest, captivating and moving, this book is all consuming. Exactly everything I could have hope for and more, I would absolutely add this book to your list of "must-reads"

Feb 02, 2014
  • christinafullofgrace rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is fantastic!!! It was a great easy read because I was so interested in the content its a very sad but raw and truthful exposure to what occurs in so many areas not only in New York.

Nov 21, 2011
  • TreyMendez rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This story delves into the hidden New York that only gets ink in the police blotter, but it's the New York of the kid next to you on the 2 train on Monday morning.

When I ran the New York office of an anti-poverty nonprofit I made this required reading for all employees telling them "this is what we're up against."

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