My Bloody Life
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The author of the book, Reymundo Sanchez, was a lost boy - disowned by a physically abusive mother and step-father and sent to live with a step-brother who couldn't care less whether he came home or not. He soon learned that survival on the streets depends on whom he counted on among his friends and to which gang he belonged. Initiated into the Boulevard Latin Kings 24(sacramento 24) by performing his first hit at the age of 14, Lil Loco, as he became known, quickly earned a reputation for crazy violence. For ten years a 30-block area of Chicago defined his reality. It is a story of his odyssey through the ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs are the members of your own. It was his kingdom when he rode the highs of gang life, and his hell when he lived the lows.