Truth & Pain starring the Gangsters & Retards in... The Mystique-cal Person-a of MC Cripple Crip

Truth & Pain starring the Gangsters & Retards in... The Mystique-cal Person-a of MC Cripple Crip

by DC Curtis
     
 

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The corner of Truth Avenue and Pain Street is Valley City's butt crack part of town. Eight teenagers, the Gangsters & Retards, live there: Moon, a blind and deaf girl who practices aikido; Carlos, a Mexican-American rapper in a lowrider wheelchair; Bryan, a basketball loving boy with Down syndrome; Mad Girl, a pregnant fourteen-year-old Latina with major anger issues;

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The corner of Truth Avenue and Pain Street is Valley City's butt crack part of town. Eight teenagers, the Gangsters & Retards, live there: Moon, a blind and deaf girl who practices aikido; Carlos, a Mexican-American rapper in a lowrider wheelchair; Bryan, a basketball loving boy with Down syndrome; Mad Girl, a pregnant fourteen-year-old Latina with major anger issues; Pho, a humongous Vietnamese skateboarder/tagger; Janice, a Jewish-American princess with leg braces and crutches; Dutch, a less than smart white boy wigger; and Learoy, a totally hot sixteen-year-old African-American girl. In this episode, convinced his failed attempts at breaking into the hip hop music scene are due to his Hispanic ethnicity, Carlos pretends he’s black to catch a music label’s attention. But when a record exec appears with a contract, Carlos obviously doesn’t have the right skin color, and in the wink of an eye his falsified identity slips away from him. The absurd world of Valley City serves as the backdrop as Carlos plays a cat and mouse game to regain both his persona and the seven friends swept into the mess he creates. Cartoon realism misadventures ensue as this humorous novel of love, lies, power, corruption, and everyday existence makes you laugh and cry while possibly offending your sensibilities.

Editorial Reviews

Angelina G
I was a bit sketchy about the book at first, judging by the title. As I started reading I started relating to some of the characters. By page 25 i couldn't put the book down! I had to find out what was going to happen to the characters and to the "Person-a". I am hoping there are more books to come, I need to know what happens to the characters!
Edward Shiao
Right off from the beginning, the writing style took a dramatic turn from what most readers are accustomed to. I spent the first few pages in near confusion as I racked my brains in an attempt to understand how this book would unfold. Then it hit me: the story is written in part to the tune of Dr. Seuss in the sense that through the quirky narration, there was a deeper meaning behind each word, but it also has the descriptive elements of a screenplay that really draws you into the world. Once I
Nevin Hillegass
It is a very intellectual book that in which, once one looks past the surface, shows very deep and real issues. The strong variety of characters allows any reader to feel a connection in which they can see parts of themselves.
I see part of this book being offensive and socially unacceptable to some, but that is part of what makes it so good. It brings forward a group of people who most would turn their heads away from and would rather ignore. The book throws them and their lives right into
R Gomez
I enjoyed reading this book, but more so I enjoyed reading this book and laughing out loud while reading it. I love the characters, the humor, and the intellectual appeal. Great Read!
W Andrues
Curtis and Kendall have crafted a lyrical tale for the times--a hip slice of life from the quirky corner of Truth and Pain. Training their lens on a handful of semi-tragic misfits, the authors work the language with the ease of a street baller. Their gift for dialogue offers an entirely unique read, with a rare rhythm and insight that brings each character to life. Built around a plot to defraud a counterfeit rapper, Gangsters and Retards is rich with originality--a narrative of such vivid imagi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011988103
Publisher:
Truth & Pain, LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
234
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Bones Kendall and DC Curtis met studying literature at UCLA. They've been writing together for a while. Thanks for the support.

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