Growing Up In A Tough Cityby Jerry Mcgrellis
From the beginning day of first grade in Catholic school in 1966, Tony creates friendships that will last a lifetime. There's Chubs, one of the leaders of the group and the
Growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey, from 1966 to 1979, Tony quickly learns that there are few rules on the streets. A child born in the city has to learn fast, and Tony is no exception.
From the beginning day of first grade in Catholic school in 1966, Tony creates friendships that will last a lifetime. There's Chubs, one of the leaders of the group and the toughest boy in the class; Patty, a skinny blond kid with a penchant for making people laugh; Mickey, the boy who loves sports; and Chucky, a short kid who always bounces when he walks.
Through the school years and the summer months, the boys play football, basketball, and baseball-and land in a whole lot of trouble. Tony has his first fight while walking home from first grade one day and soon learns from his mother, It is a tough world and you have to be tough, too. Yet in this rough city, the boys protect each other and learn the importance of honor and loyalty. But they also realize that escaping from the inner city isn't as easy as they think.
The fictionalized memoir of author Jerry McGrellis, Growing Up in a Tough City speaks to the carefree days of the past while simultaneously focusing on the current problems of inner-city youth.
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Tony is a tough kid who lives in a tough environment. The book contains true stories from growing up in the city and shows how kids in this tough environment can be influenced by adults to take the right path in life.
Growing up in any inner city takes guts and a sense of humor. Tony has both. The book takes Tony from childhood to early adulthood. He gets into some dangerous (but often very funny) situations. Anyone who grew up in a 'tough' city will relate to the challenges Tony faces. Armed with the values carefully instilled by his mother, Tony eventually makes the life-changing decision that will get him out. Funny and inspiring.
¿. And it ain¿t for everyone: If William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald are your reading fare please stop right here. This book is only for you if you want to enjoy a brutally honest story of a kid who fought his way out of the tough streets and playgrounds of Jersey City because of the continuing influence of his mother, a Brooklyn woman who made herself into a single parent to preserve her three young children. Jerry McGrellis has written Jersey City¿s version of Catcher in the Rye in his fictionalized memoirs where only the names are changed to protect the guilty ¿ but they¿re all in there: Kevin Smith, Chuck Wepner, saloon keeper Joe ¿Sully¿ Sullivan, the Buffano brothers and many more of the Damon Runyon types from around town 'locals will be able to figure it out'.