Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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The life of a Puerto Rican gangbanger on the cold Chicago streets, dully presented. Having exhausted his own criminal exploits, Sanchez (Once a King, Always a King: The Unmaking of a Latin King, 2003, etc.) turns to female wrongdoing, as practiced and experienced by "Lady Q." That was his co-author's nickname when she was a ruthless member of the Latin Queens, female counterparts of Sanchez and his fellows in the Latin Kings. Growing up in Humboldt Park, Chicago's gang-ridden Puerto Rican neighborhood, Sonia Rodriguez was alternately ignored and beaten by her near-psychotic mother, whose deadbeat boyfriends often degraded and sexually abused the girl. It's no shock that Sonia took fast to teen rebellion and gangbanging. By the mid-1980s, she'd joined the Latin Queens and was taking part in drive-by shootings. After she broke the gang's code by bragging about her affiliations on Oprah Winfrey's local talk show while her real name and nickname were flashed on-screen, her mother sent her to relatives in rural Pennsylvania. She fell for a cousin, got pregnant and got herself and the child thrown out by her relatives. Back in Chicago, Lady Q caught the attention of Tino, imprisoned head of the Kings. She became his consort during one of her visits to him in jail (the Kings wielded vast power inside as well as on the streets) and vaulted up the chain of command. The predictable fall came with coke addiction and a stint in county; the book closes with some halfhearted talk about redemption. Related in the third person, the story loses much of its authenticity. The co-authors' narrative style doesn't help, whipsawing between a flat recital of events and canned bathos like, "The miracle of lifehas a way of blinding evil eyes and warming cold hearts."Reveals little of interest about Lady Q or the world she moved in.
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"A brutal, chilling firsthand account of how a young person who is raised without positive family values will reach out to a gang to find a support system and a substitute family."  —Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State and founder, the Jesse White Tumblers, an anti-gang and -drug program

"A slow-motion riot of drugs, sex, and gunplay."  —Publishers Weekly on My Bloody Life

"An oftentimes painful, close-up look at the blow-by-blow evolution of a female gang leader."  —Gini Sikes, author, 8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the World of Girl Gangs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569764480
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 228,749
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Reymundo Sanchez is the pseudonym of a former Latin King who no longer lives in Chicago. He is the author of My Bloody Life and Once a King, Always a King and has appeared on Fox News Chicago, Telemundo, and Univision. Sonia Rodriguez is the pseudonym of a former Latin Queen who no longer lives in Chicago.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    ANOTHER MIND-CATCHER BOOK OF TRUE CRIME

    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!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

    MY SECOND BOOK

    THIS IS MY 2ND BOOK THAT I HAVE READ IN MY LIFE THAT ISNT A KIDS BOOK =]<BR/>BUT MY 1ST WAS <BR/><BR/>HOMEBOYS BY ALAN LAWRENCE SITOMER <BR/>IF YOU LIKE THESE KINDS OF BOOKS ABOUT GANG LIFE AND GANG VIOLANCE YOULL LIKE THIS BOOK BUT ANYWAYS <BR/><BR/>I REALLY LOVED LADY Q I COULD REALLY REALTE TO IT I COULD IMAGINING MYSELF ALSO HAVE ANOTHER KID <BR/><BR/>BUT I COULD REMBER ALL THE STUPIED THINGS WE DID WHEN WE WHERE YOUNGER BUT ALL THAT WE CAN HOPE FOR <BR/>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 <BR/><BR/><BR/>i cant figure how to do that thingy at the bootm about reconmending but i recomend<BR/><BR/>HOMEBOYS BY ALAN LAWRENCE SITOMER<BR/>MY BLOODY LIFE BY REYMOUNDO SANCHEZ<BR/>LADY Q <BR/>ONCE A KING ALWAYS A KING<BR/>LATIN KING

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

    it was amazing!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Keeping It Real

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    A great book

    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!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Sad yet captivating

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    Loved it!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Enthralling Read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    I've read all of Reymundo's books and love them all. His first

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Definitely a story about gang violence. This b

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Book is really bad!!!

    Troll!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    lady q is a great book. it shows the gang life through a female

    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 &quot;queen of Kings&quot;. 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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Amazing

    It gave me a deep insight into the world i didnt knis about

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Close Up

    Lady Q was one of the baddest in the business and this shows a side to her i never thought existed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Must Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    It was interesting.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2010

    :DDD

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Interesting Read!

    I bought this book simply because it was of interest to me. Learning about gang culture in and out of prison has always been a passion of mine. Usually what I read is from a male point of view, so buying this book was a must. It was also interesting to see how she dealt with particular situations. If you are into quick reads and are interested in gang socialism. (haha) This would be a good read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    Good story

    I don't know that I would give it 5 starts, but definately worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    eh

    This book is a really easy read. It is told in third person so it makes it really hard to relate to the main character in the book. Also making it hard to sympathize with her. Don't get me wrong its a very sad story, however I think it could have been better if Sonia herself wrote it. The Epilouge is the only area of the book that you feel like you get to know her. I would recommend reading it if you like Reymundo Sanchez's previous books, but it's not like it's going to be a real surprise how it plays out.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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