Facts of Life Stories (PDF)
Trust and trying to get by in school Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadToocomFACTS 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 uniue xperience special to Cezanne a Study of His Development each individual Gary Soto takes readers into the minds of ten teens and pre teens and a defining moment inach 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 lost in the crowd She learns about the importance of
popularity the hard way by losing in the hard way by losing it In stories from the collection readers will meet Hector who must suddenly decide which of his divorcing parents homes he will call his own Rachael You Owe Me One experiences the wild side when a new babysitter showsven less maturity and responsibility than Rachael s little seven year old brother In Citizen of the World Laurita is Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture exposed to the controversy of the illegal immigrant situation and in D in English Ryan realizes it is time to take the world around him seriously 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 arevident as Gary Soto masterfully creates his characters and their true to life Obsession: An Erotic Tale experiences This is a collection of mostly unremarkable short stories supposedly all featuring young people with Latino backgroundsNotes on certain storiesWhere Did I Go Wrong the story does not uite 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 lifeven if they seemed mundane and for grantedCapturing the Moment It seems to be full of meaning and potential hope but it Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era ends with such despair What right did a pair ofgrets have to settle in her yard briefly tease her with beauty and hope and then fly away why does this story Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice existIdentity Theft Interesting this one at least feels like a true short story with a twistynding But what s the point The twisted Edicts of Asoka ending of Ana being the new new Ana does not carrynough weight to warrant a repeat readingYou Decide another story with a somewhat down ward Upgrade Soul 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 dogThe Babysitter what an odd story with a very oddnding 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 childrenCitizen of the World a nice piece at least with a hopeful and upbeat Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath endingven though there is really not much story to speak of just a straight portrait of an illegal immigrants familyWise Uncle Joe it s amusing Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 enough but another huh kind of storySeeing 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 taleThe Ideal City what s the POINT That this girl who is idealistic can only talk to rows of chairs and desks at thend because no humans will listen or respect her Not Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist even her teachers This one is at least interesting in its destitute attitudeD in English again another non story with a too obvious message delivered didactically Short story collections are always fun to see their inter connectednessven if it is only coming from my desire to want that to be so Here we go with FACTS OF LIFE1 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 given adult responsibilities by his father though it almost kills the man this is one of the thematic threadsmoving into a responsible 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 ntirely your fault2 CAPTURING THE MOMENT Instead of being duped into crime here our protagonist Gaby is frustrated in her fforts to move forward by the ducational 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. Story collection in which the hard knock facts of growing up are captured with humor and poignance Filled with annoying siblings difficult That character stays in the classroom and presents to an mpty room The way in which the Imaginary Runner education system here isolates girls specifically is strong3 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 Ranchand maybeif you take in the other female storiesyou see the blanding of women as a theme Identity Blanding Also Takes Shape also takes shape 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 tnd well The cleaving away from parents is a strong theme here seen in WHERE DID I GO WRONG THE BABYSITTER and D IN ENGLISHso is the beauty of nature the comfort we get DID I GO WRONG THE BABYSITTER and D IN ENGLISHso is the beauty of nature the comfort we get the natural world seen in CAPTURING THE MOMENT YOU DECIDE CITIZEN OF THE WORLD5 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 From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 etc nothing jarring This I m assuming is a counterpoint to YOU DECIDE The girl in the story is troubled at thend 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 Fresh Water endthe blanding of women6 CITIZEN OF THE WORLD Despite worldlyxperiences our female protagonist is French Daguerreotypes experiencing anxistential crisisby being connected to so muchshe is disconnecting from any specific thing This runs a bit contrary to my own From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read experiences in San Diego working with Latino youththere is a very very specific sense of placebut these kids that I know haven t traveled7 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 identity8 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 ownxperiences 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 techniues 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 worldOverallSoto might be trying to say we all have dreams people will use them to From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society extort you people will see your dreams as weakness and target you your dreams will reuire a loss of self giving up who you thought you were your dreams will reuire you to take chances and stand up I found these stories about teens to be a bit choppy and not veryngaging The story I liked most was called Identity Theft about Ana Hernandez When a new girl named Ana Hernandez moves to her school she feels like her identity has been stolen 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 Doris Salcedo 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 withxamining 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 Twelve Days of Pleasure enough to pull most kids in Katie YoungShort StoriesThis book is a collection of ten short stories which tell different life stories of Hispanic young adults Some of the stories are heartbreaking while others are light hearted and optimistic All of the stories include a Hispanic young adult who tells their story and allows the reader a snapshot into their life Some story lines include a boy helping a thief steal a TV without knowing it a young girl finding out she is illegally in the US learning how to deal with bullying finding beauty when surrounded by poverty learning lessons fromlders xperiencing a night with a terrible babysitter and a young man who is forced by his parents to choose who to live with when they divorceThe language is straightforward and pleasantly descriptive Some stories include Spanish so there is a glossary of Spanish terms and phrases in the back It is suitable for any young adults but may be appreciated by the younger young adult reader. Arents and first loves these stories are a masterful reminder of why adolescence is one of the most frustrating and fascinating times of life.
Free read Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or Book ï Gary SotoPersonally 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 spend time together the boy Mikey begins having suspicions that this guy we was working with may be trouble 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 Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye 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 axample Facts of Life Stories is 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 Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France 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 fatherxplains to her that the world is her home and that a paper should not determine that She feels the same way and is passionate 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 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 Theas Ana Hernandez The Ana is jealous when Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It everyone seems likes the new Ana better The old Ana receives news that her family s moving and she isxcited she will have a new start in a new school Just her luck the new school also has an Ana Hernandez but she feels lated that she is now the new Ana My favorite is Citizen
Of The World Young Laurita Deals With Identity Issues Shethe World Young Laurita deals with identity issues She she was not born in the US 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 This book is a collection of stories of kids in their teenage lives they face many problems almost veryone 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. 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.