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Chulito by Charles Rice-González

Seen him grow up the owner of the local bodega the Lees from the Chinese restaurant his buddies from the corner and all of his neighbors and friends including Carlos who was Chulito's best friend until they hit puberty and people started calling Carlos a pato a faggotChulito rejects Carlos buries his feelings for him and becomes b. This feels like a play West Side Story Hair or Rent The characters are iconic When I first saw this book being read by a friend I was wary of it The setting and ethnicity of the story can easily be made into a farce by someone who hasn t experienced it And that hurts because I ve been there and it s no joke There s also the usual murder of our native language Spanish when words and phrases just yank me out of the story by how horribly mangled they areNone of that happened here Mr Rice Gonzalez lived it just like I did He belonged to that nabe there s just no way to fake it Several important topics are addressed in this book all layered into the narrative and perfectly handled It s a romance yes Chulito and Carlos had me rooting for their HEA from page 1 But it s also a testament to the people who make up the neighborhoods the influences local and imported that help shape their lives and future Carmen the hard working mother with a son who dropped out of high school looking the other way but knowing he s working with the local drug dealer All because she d rather not be alone and she knows he will leave if she pushes him There s no daddy around to impose the law Brick the ex drug dealermodel who paid dearly to get out and is still trying to learn to live a life worthy of the daughter he loves with all his heartMartha the no nonsense liberated woman going to college trying to make a future for herself But also standing by her friends and trying to help them overcome the obstacles they and their environment have imposed Julio the gay older man who owns the travel agency He and Puti the washed up drug addicted local drag ueen end up showing the whole block what it truly means to be a man By saying enough by fighting for your rights but not taking any shitCarlos having the guts to come out and live out To leave the neighborhood and go to college To dream of and go out to get it To believe in Chulito and give him the chance to be himself and reach for their HEAFinally Chulito the gangsta with the clothes and the bling and the Tims bopping along to the tune played by everyone s expectations Until he realized what true love is how it feels and that it s worth losing what you know to gamble on earning something unknown but infinitely betterThis is a book that should be read in every schoolroom in the US but particularly in all the cities with a high concentration of latinos Because no matter where we settle our ghettos tend to be the same Read it feel it hear the drums they beat in our blood

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Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the ueer youth culture of Manhattan's piers Chulito is a coming out coming of age love story of a sexy tough hip hop–loving young Latino man and the colorful characters in his vibrant neighborhood Chulito which means cutie is one of the boys and everyone in his neighborhood has. This is my book so of course I love it

Charles Rice-González ✓ 8 Read

Est friends with Kamikaze a local drug dealer When Carlos comes home from his first year away at college and they share a secret kiss Chulito's worlds collide as his ideas of being a man being macho and being in love are challenged Vivid sexy funny heartbreaking and fearless this brilliant work is destined to become a ueer classic. This is in many ways an amazing book with characters who are not your typical MM romance guys I m not ualified to judge their authenticity but they and their setting rang completely true to me The MC Chulito seems older than his supposed age but as the song says you grow up uick when you grow up poor He is a fascinating and conflicted guy trying to reconcile the code of the streets on which he lives and the anti gay opinions of his group of friends with his growing awareness that he is falling in love with another boy You get a few scenes from POV s other than Chulito s later in the narrative and although it jarred me out of the story a little the first time it happened I actually liked the small tastes of other characters viewpoints One hectic action scene was a bit truncated in both emotion and description of the action but overall this book was well written and engrossing I was sorry to have it end I would be delighted to read a seuelThe big problem I had with this story was the explicitness of the sex especially in the first sex scene which was MMF I have no prejudice against any menage combination I love em all when they are written in a way that is appropriate to the story In this case the actual MMF trio was vital to the plot to Chulito s relationship with Kamikaze the drug dealer he works for and is like a prot g to and to his own realization that he is far interested in the other man than the woman in the bed But the explicitness to my mind was a poor choice First because in this scene Chulito was only 15 Although not entirely erotic it was still TMI for me to be comfortable with when one of the actors is under age Secondly because I really REALLY want to be able to recommend this book to YA readers and I can t This is 18 material And it is a shameThis is a book that should be able to be in libraries and schools There are young guys out there navigating the macho culture and other people who know and care about them for whom this book would be a great read If the author put out a revised YA version which in my mind would lose nothing of importance to the story I would recommend this book to everyone with wholehearted enthusiasm As it stands this is a great unusual and ultimately sweet read for adults only

  • Paperback
  • 280
  • Chulito by Charles Rice-González
  • Charles Rice-González
  • English
  • 07 May 2019
  • 9781593501723

10 thoughts on “Chulito by Charles Rice-González

  1. says:

    Irregular irrelevant irrational Ridiculous tedious pretentious I can carry on like this but I won'tThere were s

  2. says:

    Chulito lingers in memory like a lover’s first kiss on the lips in the moonlightReading Charles Rice Gonzalez’s Chulito was a very personal experience for me It’s set in the Bronx where I also grew up Hunts Point Lo

  3. says:

    This is my book so of course I love it

  4. says:

    Well I won't say I found this story beautiful but I will definitely say there's beauty in it Sixteen year old Chulito for starters He's a cutie On the first page of the book he's described as a Latino hip hop version of Michelangelo's David Then the neighbourhood Hunts Point in the Bronx The botegas The ChineseKorean resta

  5. says:

    This feels like a play West Side Story Hair or Rent The characters are iconic When I first saw this book being read by a friend I was wary of it The setting and ethnicity of the story can easily be made into a farce by someone who hasn't experienced it And that hurts because I've been there and it's no joke There's also the usual murder of our native language Spanish when words and phrases just yank me out of the story b

  6. says:

    Some initial thoughts Finished March 4 1 I'm really liking this kid Chulito His name for his penis Papito his epi

  7. says:

    This shit is dopeWow what an amazing read Chulito is a sweet faced thugged out sixteen year old Latino living in the Bronx H

  8. says:

    This is in many ways an amazing book with characters who are not your typical MM romance guys I'm not ualified to judge their authenti

  9. says:

    DNF at 70% Sorry Just couldn't get into it and I really tried considering that I was already bored out of my mind at like 10% But some reviewers stated that this book just kept getting better and betterWell I certainly get where people are coming from when saying that this story felt real and managed to capture

  10. says:

    Excellent This is the Bronx I grew up in I know it may seem that in this hood they were always at the brink of violence and maybe it seems like a tragic horrible place to grow up It wasn't for me and I completely understand why Chulito and Carlos have this love hate relationship with the neighborhood It's home but you w

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