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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

if you are nosy then you will love this book!!

I am a kind of person who likes a lot of drama and I like to know about others interesting personal life. I like memoirs and autobiographies because I like to read how other people made it through life. Living Up The Street is a great example of a young kid that grows u...
I am a kind of person who likes a lot of drama and I like to know about others interesting personal life. I like memoirs and autobiographies because I like to read how other people made it through life. Living Up The Street is a great example of a young kid that grows up until he becomes a young man. It is a beauty how this small child tries and tries and surpasses any obstacle that Gary confronts in his life, house, and, neighborhood. This book takes place in a neighborhood like our regular neighborhoods and it tells us how Gary makes friends or despises people at the same time. It allows us to recognize our regular surroundings like broken down homes and streets. While you are reading this book, you could connect your own personal experiences and compare it to Gary's unpredictable life. At first I thought that the main character was a girl because he had many creative ideas and he likes so many girly things, but then I discovered that he was a boy. For example, Gary entered the crafts contest and I think that many boys these days would never enter a so-called 'Girls contest¿. In addition, he tried to enter the beauty contest, but instead he put his brother in the contest and he decided to help him out. After his childhood was over, he started working as a real man in the hot sun like picking up grapes and cotton from plantations. Then I began to realize that Gary was a man. This is an excellent book and who ever wants to join me reading it again I will help them. Many people will find this book a great impact in your life or probably it will bring just memories about your childhood and how you were such a troublemaker in your neighborhood. This book will cause you laughter and it will because you to think because you need to think way back. It will get your fanciful mind working much more. This book will have so much comparison and interesting things about you that you will not want to stop reading this book and you will find it so engaging that you will read the entire book the same day you get Living Up The Street.

posted by Anonymous on September 11, 2007

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I expected a little more...

In the book Living Up The Street there was a young boy who is growing up and is encountering all kinds of obstacles. He has to deal with not being picked for the baseball team, dealing with siblings, and facing bullies. This book shows that everyone goes through problem...
In the book Living Up The Street there was a young boy who is growing up and is encountering all kinds of obstacles. He has to deal with not being picked for the baseball team, dealing with siblings, and facing bullies. This book shows that everyone goes through problems in their life and that no one is perfect. The author Gary Soto does not do a great job of engaging the reader. In this book you can easily predict what is going to happen next, so it is not very interesting or suspenseful. One thing I like about this book is that i can connect to some of the things the little boy has to go through. For example I know what it feels like to be treated unfairly either becasue you are a boy or a girl, or just not what someone is looking for. Also I know what it feels like trying to deal with siblings.I am not sure if this book takes place during the Civil Rights Movement, or if it is just a time when all races and ethnicities stayed seperate. I think that anyone that likes to read a book in one sitting may like this book, because to understand it clearly you have to read it all at one time.

posted by Anonymous on June 1, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    I expected a little more...

    In the book Living Up The Street there was a young boy who is growing up and is encountering all kinds of obstacles. He has to deal with not being picked for the baseball team, dealing with siblings, and facing bullies. This book shows that everyone goes through problems in their life and that no one is perfect. The author Gary Soto does not do a great job of engaging the reader. In this book you can easily predict what is going to happen next, so it is not very interesting or suspenseful. One thing I like about this book is that i can connect to some of the things the little boy has to go through. For example I know what it feels like to be treated unfairly either becasue you are a boy or a girl, or just not what someone is looking for. Also I know what it feels like trying to deal with siblings.I am not sure if this book takes place during the Civil Rights Movement, or if it is just a time when all races and ethnicities stayed seperate. I think that anyone that likes to read a book in one sitting may like this book, because to understand it clearly you have to read it all at one time.

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