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Down These Mean Streets

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Such An interesting book, and i hated reading.

This book was great, it was interesting, i didnt want to put it down, and im not the kind of person that likes to read, i think piri, he had a great time writing this book, remembering his childhood.

posted by Anonymous on December 9, 2006

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Score one for Stereotypes

I could not stomach this book for more than three chapters. There is no writing style just a bad combination of English and Spanish words that have nothing to offer. I am embarrassed to be Puerto Rican when this is the only way that we are portrayed. I know that for ...
I could not stomach this book for more than three chapters. There is no writing style just a bad combination of English and Spanish words that have nothing to offer. I am embarrassed to be Puerto Rican when this is the only way that we are portrayed. I know that for some people this is reality, but not every Puerto Rican has been to jail or done drugs. Some Puerto Ricans have fathers who worked hard so that they would not have to live in bad areas where it was easy to do bad things. Some went to college, got good jobs, and had families who also did not commit crimes or do drugs. I would send this book to anyone who would like an opportunity to disagree, but it is not worth the postage. I have always had a rule about books that I have read and it is simple never throw a book away. This time, I have no choice but to break my own rule.

posted by Anonymous on January 24, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    IS THIS BOOK FOR A 14 YEAR OLD TO READ???

    IS THIS BOOK FOR A 14 YEAR OLD TO READ???

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    So I read this for English Class....

    And halfway pass the beginning, I wondered "Just what the hell is this school trying to make me read?!"

    This books stresses Piri being a dark skinned puerto rican and how he gets confused for being black and his issue with that. How being compare to being black is like the worse thing possible. And being a dark skinned hispanic (domincan) myself, the whole time I was reading this I just thought, "Suck it up man. Who cares what they think?"
    At the being one might think, that this book is such a stereotype and stating that we are all the same facing these problems daily and that we trough in random Spanish words in the middle of our sentence. "You got no Corazon." kind of thing.
    But then I thought, this was during the 30's, the great depression, world war 2. That was when I realized, this is amazing! For us now, it's usual to see things like this, but during the 50's? I don't think so. So you have to keep that in mind. It's not the same how it is now so all in all, it's a very educated book and made me glad how my parents raised me. As I read it, my proud attitude of my heritage and skin color never wavered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    here we go again

    this book was a decent book it tells you how most minority's life was back in 1941. piri seemed like the normal puerto rican kid except his mom was light his dad was dark and he had to go through the white puerto rican and black puerto rican disagreement. poor piri just could not get his self together from trying to steal from homosexuals, to fighting to gain friends and respect, to getting in trouble all the the time to killing a cop going to prision for seven years i think he learned his lesson. he also fell in love with trina i think that was her name

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    O.K. Book

    This book was a hard book for me to interested in but about half way through the book it got better and better as I read. If you think that you have a hard life read this book Piri Thomas had a mixture of emotions and events that changed his life for the better. This book could be hulpful to someone who might be going the same thing.

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    Posted February 5, 2010

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