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Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen
     

Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen

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by Reymundo Sanchez, Sonia Rodriguez
 

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ISBN-10: 1556527225

ISBN-13: 9781556527227

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

This is a raw and powerful memoir not only of one woman’s struggle to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs were members of her own. At age five Sonia Rodriguez’s stepfather began to abuse her; at 10 she was molested by her uncle and beaten by her mother

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This is a raw and powerful memoir not only of one woman’s struggle to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs were members of her own. At age five Sonia Rodriguez’s stepfather began to abuse her; at 10 she was molested by her uncle and beaten by her mother when she told on him; and by 13 her home had become a hangout for the Latin Kings and Queens who were friends with her older sister. Threatened by rival gang members at school, Sonia turned away from her education and extracurricular activities in favor of a world of drugs and violence. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became her refuge, but its violence cost her friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly her life. As a Latin Queen, she experienced the exhilarating highs and unbelievable lows of gang life. From being shot at by her own gang and kicked out at age 18 with an infant daughter to rejoining the gang and distinguishing herself as a leader, her legacy as Lady Q was cemented both for her willingness to commit violence and for her role as a drug mule. For the first time, a woman’s perspective on gang life is presented.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556527227
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
635,864
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue by Reymundo Sanchez,
1 Touch of Love,
2 Damaged Goods,
3 The Birth of a Rebel,
4 Loss of Innocence,
5 Lady Q Emerges,
6 The Benefits of Royalty,
7 The Queen of Talk,
8 All in the Family,
9 The Queen of Kings,
10 Business Is Personal,
11 The Price of Loyalty,
12 Thy Kingdom Gone,
13 Change but Still the Same,
14 Moving On, Painfully,
15 If I Should Die Before I Wake,
16 Results of a Discarded Life,
Epilogue by Sonia Rodriguez,
Afterword by Reymundo Sanchez,

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Lady Q 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
MZYOSHI21 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE TRU CRIME BOOKS!!! AND I HAD TO SAY I FINISHED THIS BOOK QUIT QUICKLY IN ONE DAY... LAST TIME I HAD DONE THAT FAST OF A READING WAS WHEN I READ ONCE A KING ALWAYS A KING N MY BLOODY LIFE. I LOVED THE BOOK ITS AN EYE-CATCHER AND AMAZING!!!
mollyMF More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was brillant. Even if u never been in a gang. Iwas raised in chicago and used to go to humbolt park to watch my dad play baseball for a christian team. But never knew my surroundings and all the gang violence that occured at that time. I am grateful my parents kept me away from all that. but at the same time reading this book has unveiled my eyes to reality that still occurs in the city. I am no longer there but, i want to help now and want to find out how i can. I hope people from the city read this and hit reality like i have and in there own way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected. Normally I don't usually read these types of books but I actually enjoyed reading this one. Her writing was raw and real which made you feel connected to the story. Also, her writing style is similiar to D. L. Blanco's novel, Single Latina Female which is a really good book, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To Everyone My first gangster crime book I have read is Dog the bounty hunter, and I wanted to read another one and I saw this one of Lady Q the rise and fall of a latin queen and oh boy this book was totally amazing, and I really enjoy reading it. I have read over 158 pages and I don't want to stop until I get to the end of this book. I do enjoy reading about people life, even I have read about Eric Bischoff life and Dog the bounty hunter life and, next is Sonia RodRiguez. This is an excellent book and I also heard that Reymundo Sanchez wrote this book. I have never read his book and yes I am going to put him next to my list after I finish reading Lady Q. I wish that I can really meet these people in real life. I only know small culture of gang stuff. But never like this way. But now I am learning it, and trust me being in a gang is not good because crime wave. But what is good is this book and that what count and thanks for reading and talk to you soon everyone!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the book. I love books that are about real life. How people have gone through a very rough childhood and what they have become now. Sonia is a very strong latina. She may have made some very bad decisions, but to go through all that she still stand strong shows how brave she is. It's amazing. I would recommend this to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a shocking account of a females time as a Latin Queen, and her rise through the ranks to become the queen of all queens. This brutally honest book portrays the authors true feelings in events such as living in her volatile home to raising her daughter in the number one come-to house for drugs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Reymundo's books and love them all. His first two were written in first person making it much easier to truly connect with him. In Sonia's story, it is written in third person-making more difficult to connect with her throughout the novel. This is still a great story. Reymundo's books are some of the only books I had to try to keep myself from reading in a day. They are that good. Everyone should be enlightened on these topics. Especially people with any political power. -MMP
Destiny_Flores More than 1 year ago
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Definitely a story about gang violence. This book showed me that life isn't always easy. I've never been in a gang but this book showed me what goes on in one. If you read this and you're not in a gang, you'll know you don't want to be in one. If you read this and you're in a gang, you'll want to get out. The things that happen to Lady Q are crazy and it made me thankful for the life that I have now. Thinking that all of these murders and crimes go on when we're not paying attention is crazy. Lady Q has a story to tell in this book that will make anyone think about the things that go on in our world. -Destiny
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lady q is a great book. it shows the gang life through a female perspective. its about a girl who was abused when she was younger but a straight A student at school. she ended up dropping out because she was being bullied by rivals to the Kings at school. she started getting high and drinking. she liked the feeling and joined the gang. she dated one of the most notorious and powerful kings and became lknown as the "queen of Kings". whatever she said or asked for was done with no questions. when she figured out what the gang life was about she dropped out of the gang and was lucky enough to be left alone. this is deffinantely a page turner and a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It gave me a deep insight into the world i didnt knis about
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lady Q was one of the baddest in the business and this shows a side to her i never thought existed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such an amazing book. The things that "Lady Q" had to deal with as a child and as she grew older could not be wished apon anyone. This is a must read book! Other books by Reymundo Sanchez are just a amazing.
Jocelynpdrz More than 1 year ago
Its pretty interesting to read about gang life through a females eyes. This book was really good. I believe it would have been better if Sonia Rodriguez (Lady Q) had written it herself though. I do recommend this though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is by-far the best book ive ever read! it really tells the female side from a gang. i can relate to some of what the main character (Sonia) has gone through for her gang. But anywaaaaaaaaaays... RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!! its really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know that I would give it 5 starts, but definately worth the read.
chucky_213 More than 1 year ago
THIS IS MY 2ND BOOK THAT I HAVE READ IN MY LIFE THAT ISNT A KIDS BOOK =]
BUT MY 1ST WAS

HOMEBOYS BY ALAN LAWRENCE SITOMER
IF YOU LIKE THESE KINDS OF BOOKS ABOUT GANG LIFE AND GANG VIOLANCE YOULL LIKE THIS BOOK BUT ANYWAYS

I REALLY LOVED LADY Q I COULD REALLY REALTE TO IT I COULD IMAGINING MYSELF ALSO HAVE ANOTHER KID

BUT I COULD REMBER ALL THE STUPIED THINGS WE DID WHEN WE WHERE YOUNGER BUT ALL THAT WE CAN HOPE FOR
IS THAT THE NEW YOUNGSTERS DO WHAT THEY DO LEARN THEIR LESSON A LITTLE BIT FASTER THAN WE DID AND DONT DIE BEFORE THERE 21


i cant figure how to do that thingy at the bootm about reconmending but i recomend

HOMEBOYS BY ALAN LAWRENCE SITOMER
MY BLOODY LIFE BY REYMOUNDO SANCHEZ
LADY Q
ONCE A KING ALWAYS A KING
LATIN KING
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was definitely a great book. It is so sad to see how the street life can make AND break you. I definitely encourage everyone to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ilove thhe book all of them ..
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