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This book is a collection of short stories Each story is narrated by a young Latina and offers a snapshot into their life Some of the stories tell of a major life event finding out they were born illegally while others deal with daily adolescent traumas feeling as if you don t fit into your family This book would fit in nicely to any middle or high school unit that deals with examining lives None of the stories are sugar coated or overly done In most, the narrator is better able to articulate their internal thoughts and feeling better than the average teenager but the content is real enough to pull most kids in. This is a collection of mostly unremarkable short stories, supposedly all featuring young people with Latino backgrounds.Notes on certain stories Where Did I Go Wrong the story does not quite go anywhere It has a slight sinister and odd tone but did not become developed One never is sure whether Raul really is a thief or a devil in disguise Or, is he someone who comes to remind the boy of the good things in life even if they seemed mundane and for granted Capturing the Moment It seems to be full of meaning and potential hope but it ends with such despair What right did a pair of egrets have to settle in her yard briefly, tease her with beauty and hope, and then fly away why does this story exist Identity Theft Interesting this one at least feels like a true short story with a twisty ending But, what s the point The twisted ending of Ana being the new new Ana does not carry enough weight to warrant a repeat reading You Decide another story with a somewhat down ward ending Hector is leaving his parents who no longer care for him and he no longer cares for them And the solution Running with a stray dog The Babysitter what an odd story with a very odd ending when the girl decides to drink coffee and act like grown ups Hmm it s almost like a cautionary tale for adults and not a story for children Citizen of the World a nice piece, at least with a hopeful and upbeat ending, even though there is really not much story to speak of just a straight portrait of an illegal immigrants family Wise Uncle Joe it s amusing enough but another huh kind of story Seeing the Future it s way too didactic and too obvious about the girl who sees how her boyfriend will not turn out to be good for her What a sensible young lady but what a bore of a tale The Ideal City what s the POINT That this girl who is idealistic can only talk to rows of chairs and desks at the end because no humans will listen or respect her Not even her teachers This one is at least interesting in its destitute attitude D in English again, another non story with a too obvious message delivered didactically.
Short story collections are always fun to see their inter connectedness even if it is only coming from my desire to want that to be so Here we go, with FACTS OF LIFE.1 WHERE DID I GO WRONG This story is much like the last story D IN ENGLISH in that you have a character crashing about the neighborhoodgoing from situation to situationliving moment to momentyou see the Mickey cajoled into helping local kid only to find out he is aiding in a theftthis is juxtaposed against Mickey being givenadult responsibilities by his father, though it almost kills the man this is one of the thematic threadsmoving into aresponsible role in life Mickey wants to make music but doesn t know how to play The story is a bit all over the placebut overhanging is the dread of being caughtbeing kept from moving forwardfor reasons not entirely your fault2 CAPTURING THE MOMENT Instead of being duped into crime, here our protagonist Gaby is frustrated in her efforts to move forward by the educational systemspecifically a teacher who has put Gaby into a category in her brainGaby, who wants to be an artist, paints a idyllic scene that appeared on her property following a great stormthere was a lake formedand birds cameGaby drew itand took it to school for praiseonly to be told she was a liarthis is not unlike another girl later in the series THE IDEAL CITY who is ridiculed when she presents to her classmates her version of a perfect societyand her teacher largely lets the class run over her and then the teacher shakes her head when that character stays in the classroom and presents to an empty room The way in which the education system here isolates girls specifically is strong.3 IDENTITY THEFT Here is another girlthe story is a bit of a toss offAna learns perspective when she is at once a threatened by a new girl who has her same first and last name b moves to Escondido and c becomes a new girl with the same first and last name of another girl Soto gets bonus for mentioning Chula Vista and Escondido areas close to my own house in Scripps Ranch and maybeif you take in the other female storiesyou see the blanding of women as a theme Identity This blanding also takes shape in CITIZEN OF THE WORLD4 YOU DECIDE A young boy must choose which parent he will live withhe ultimately decides to take his dog and find a better familyI have a feeling this won t end well The cleaving away from parents is a strong theme here seen in WHERE DID I GO WRONG, THE BABYSITTER, and D IN ENGLISH so is the beauty of nature the comfort we get from the natural world seen in CAPTURING THE MOMENT, YOU DECIDE, CITIZEN OF THE WORLD 5 THE BABYSITTER While mom s away, a terrible babysitter comes in and takes away innocence innocentlywe are talking cuts, bumps, bruises, hair dye that won t come out, etc nothing jarring This, I m assuming, is a counterpoint to YOU DECIDE The girl in the story is troubled at the end mainly because she is having trouble differentiating between the madness that the girl brings to the house, and the way her own mother was prettied up for her night outloss of innocencedrinking coffee at the endthe blanding of women6 CITIZEN OF THE WORLD Despite worldly experiences, our female protagonist is experiencing an existential crisisby being connected to so muchshe is disconnecting from any specific thing This runs a bit contrary to my own experiences in San Diego, working with Latino youththere is a very very specific sense of placebut these kids that I know haven t traveled.7 WISE UNCLE JOE back to a male protagonistUncle Joe is wise because he knows how to con people Loss of innocence central here as the protagonist learns to let go of his horror for lying to people in order to sell weeds wreaths Loss of innocenceloss of identity.8 SEEING THE FUTURE This is a positive story for a change, as a young girl in love with a user of a boyfriend, sees a couple that could be them in 5 yearsand immediately dumps the chump to make a better life for herself Yay 9 IDEAL CITY The female protagonist is bullied like crazy and hides within herself, creating an idyllic world without fear and competition No one cares Very sad Soto likes to put out bullies that go uncheckedand learning to live through bullies I don t really care for thatI think we have worked hard in schools to give kids a voice Soto needs to, perhaps, let go of his own experiences from the 60s and 70s and see that things might be a little different in today s society Yes, bullying continuesbut it isn t a rite of passage10 D IN ENGLISH The male protagonist stumbles through a bunch of avoidance techniques literally laying low three times in the story and seeing himself replaced as a sononly to rise upand see people who are kindand trying to make a better world.OverallSoto might be trying to say we all have dreams people will use them to extort you people will see your dreams as weakness and target you your dreams will require a loss of self giving up who you thought you were your dreams will require you to take chances and stand up its a good book. Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadToo.comFACTS OF LIFE is a collection of short stories presenting a variety of adolescent views on growing up Moving from childhood to adulthood is a completely unique experience, special to each individual Gary Soto takes readers into the minds of ten teens and pre teens and a defining moment in each of their lives There is Lisa Torres, who suddenly realizes what her world of poverty really looks like to others She learns that her personal fascination and appreciation of nature and the works of John Audubon may not be shared by those around her Ana Hernandez finds her world turned upside down when another Ana Hernandez appears at her school The new Ana is admired and worshipped, while the old Ana is lost in the crowd She learns about the importance of popularity the hard way, by losing it In other stories from the collection, readers will meet Hector, who must suddenly decide which of his divorcing parents homes he will call his own Rachael experiences the wild side when a new babysitter shows even less maturity and responsibility than Rachael s little seven year old brother In Citizen of the World, Laurita is exposed to the controversy of the illegal immigrant situation, and in D in English Ryan realizes it is time to take the world around himseriously and become a young man instead of a little child Together, these stories merge to form a touching and honest look at what it means to take the giant step toward being an adult The confusion, the disappointment, and the challenge of taking this step are evident as Gary Soto masterfully creates his characters and their true to life experiences. This book is a collection of stories of kids in their teenage lives, they face many problems almost everyone had went through The story that stood out to me was the story about Mickey Cortez In this story he had just finished a baseball game, with him making the losing strike, he was really depressed from that so he went to take a walk, on his walk he met a man who needed help His name was Raul and he offered Mickey 30 dollars to help him move things from his house and being a teenager with no job, he accepted the offer On the way there in Raul s car, Mickey noticed a bunch of cell phones underneath the car seat and he saw an id with the name Carlos on it This made Mickey think Raul was a thief, but he did not want to jump to conclusions just yet When they arrived, Raul took Mickey to the backdoor and they moved the TV and the furniture to the front yard without any problem Just when Mickey was going to leave Raul to help him unload the things too, by now Mickey was scared so he ran away and he happend to be near his aunt s But, on his way there he had saw the police rushing towards Raul s direction, so Mickey was relieved he had left at just the right time I can connect this book to myself because if someone asks for a favor I see how their personality is But, this is not only myself, many people look at the personality and the appearance of the person to see if they will trust them or not, and the people who do not make that first good impression are going to have a hard time finding helpers I rate this book 2 stars because most of the other stories were very boring and common Most of them was just like Mickey Cortez, not knowing who to trust and trying to get by in school. The Facts of Life by Gary Soto presents ten short stories featuring characters of Hispanic background I was not impressed by the first story, Where Did I Go Wrong Basically, Mickey while is helping a young man move things out of a house he realizes he is actually helping him steal Later, when he gets home he imagines the man coming to his house and asking him to help steal his own plasma TV He decides he is glad his dad never bought the plasma TV that he had begged for Identity Theft sounded interesting, but turns out it was about a new girl in school who just happens to the same name as Ana Hernandez The old Ana is jealous when everyone seems likes the new Ana better The old Ana receives news that her family s moving and she is excited she will have a new start in a new school Just her luck, the new school also has an Ana Hernandez, but she feels elated that she is now the new Ana My favorite is Citizen of the World Young Laurita deals with identity issues She discovers she was not born in the U.S and fears she will be taken away by immigration officials Even at her young age, she is able to recognize the contradictory views on illegal immigration Although the stories in The Facts of Life lack any real plot, they address important issues to reflect upon, and give young adults a chance to consider what is right and wrong This book seems to be geared towards younger teens ages 12 14 I appreciate that translations can be found in the back of the book since several Spanish words and phrases are used throughout the book. Personally I wasn t that s big a fan of this one in particular because the stories didn t seem to grab my attention as much as other short story books do, in one if the stories a young boy agrees to help out someone who believed was a friend of the family with some honest days work of moving furniture and appliances, and as the day goes on and they spendtime together the boy Mikey begins having suspicions that this guy we was working with may betrouble then the 20 bucks he was promised for helping him, as they pull up to one of the houses the guy tells Mikey that the house is his grand fathers home and when they get in the house its empty and the pictures of the family inside didn t look like they were related to Raul the person Mikey is helping at all, and so right after they take the plasma screen TV out of the front room and load it into the back of the pick up truck Mickey decides it would be best for him not to be involved in anything that has to do with Raul so he beings sprinting down the street as fast as he can The story goes on but that s just a example. (DOWNLOAD EBOOK) õ Facts of Life: Stories ë What Do Gaby Lopez, Michael Robles, And Cynthia Rodriguez Have In Common These Three Kids Join Other Teens And Tweens In Gary Soto S New Short Story Collection, In Which The Hard Knock Facts Of Growing Up Are Captured With Humor And Poignance Filled With Annoying Siblings, Difficult Parents, And First Loves, These Stories Are A Masterful Reminder Of Why Adolescence Is One Of The Most Frustrating And Fascinating Times Of Life Facts of Life Storiesis a compilation of short stories that contain similar themes Each story has a young, Latin American student who struggles to accept reality in their situations For example, Laurita is a young teenager who learns that she is an illegal alien Before, she thought she was American until she looked for her birth certificate and could not find it Her father explains to her that the world is her home, and that a paper should not determine that She feels the same way and ispassionate about it after she learns that she is in danger of being deported Other stories show similar threads like the boy who was tricked into stealing His circumstances were a fact of life There was nothing that he could do I would offer this novel to a middle school audience or a high school audience that faces reading difficulties The language is simple and basic, yet discusses deeper concepts Also, the Spanish words intermixed with English could distract readers who do not understand Spanish There is a glossary in the back