Forever My Lady

Forever My Lady

by Jeff Rivera

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Overview

When the streets are hard and life is cheap, both in the neighborhood and out there in the world, boys in the barrio become men before their time. Young Dio Rodriguez, unloved, uncared for, frightened and lonely, was a survivor. By the time he was 14 he had the hand signals to flash and the hard, cool barrel of a gun tucked down the back of his jeans to prove he was a man who could take care of himself. Then he met Jennifer and discovered there was no gun, no gang tough enough, to protect him against the life-changing power of love...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446698818
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/12/2003
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

JEFF RIVERA lives in Miami, Florida.

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Forever My Lady 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Dio Rodriguez is part of a Latino gang. The gang is basically his family until he meets Jennifer. But then a drive by happens and Jennifer takes six bullets that were meant for Dio. Dio goes to prison where he learns that Jennifer is pregnant. He realizes how important Jennifer is to him and decides to step up and be the person that Jennifer needs. I had mixed feelings going into this story. I personally don’t have any love for gangs. So when I started reading the story I was frustrated and irritated about Dio’s laments of the gang. I was also lost with the Spanish slang. Half the time I was guessing what was being said. Having said that, I had to take a step back and look at the story as a whole. This is a really good story about someone changing their life around for someone they loved. It was well written and kept me turning the pages to find out if Dio had it in himself to change or if he would fall back into the gang life. This is a really good book. I think this is one that many people will like. It’s definitely one you will want to check out. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Celia Rating: 4 stars Review: What's a jaina? Not being too familiar with the Chicano slang, that was my first question right from the start of this book. And what was a ruca? Admittedly, I found myself scratching my head at these words, but, at the same time, I couldn't help but be drawn to the raw boldness of the dialogue, a dialogue drooling with a refreshing wit and fierce overtone. Forever My Lady is the story of Dio, a young Latino from the barrio who has always been judged by his vulgar and robust appearance, but that all changed as soon as he met Jennifer¿his lady. No one could really understand the love he had with her, especially not her parents, who were "like cold tamales that used to be piping hot." (25) It seemed that they would be together forever...until that frightful night that separated them, sending him to prison camp and her to the hospital. Suddenly, she realized that Dio was NOT the guy for her, that she could do better. And who wouldn't think that they could do better than a trouble-making thug? Still, Dio believed that she was the one and would do whatever it took to get her back. His letter begging her to give him another chance was the same song performed by any gangster after a BIG screw up. Any promise to "straighten up" would be useless and would leave him right in the same spot. I honestly hoped that Jennifer wouldn't fall for it. I thought that they should both forget about each other and get on with their lives. How naive is it think that someone could wait for you for 50 years? But Dio was a spicy pepper that wouldn't give, even with all that crap he put up with in the prison camp. Perhaps it was his undying love that helped him get through the camp, which was where he meets some funny odd-ball characters, all with their own story of how they got to be where they are. Even the sweet, little Jennifer has her story. This book is just a closet full of secrets. Rivera's powerful words fill the reader with a fierce empathy. You can't help but feel a little pride as Dio begins to succeed little by little. As time goes by, Dio begins to gain compassion and learns to see that behind a rough exterior lies a beating heart of humanity. A story of strength, resistance, and will power. A perfect liking to Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men with its colorful array of characters set against a backdrop of a gritty and desolated world, working like burros for a better life.
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Ariane Dunkley More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. Shorter than I expected but I couldn't put it down. I also see what everybody meant by the ending being weird. It wasnt the ending you were expecting. I loved it though. it was a good short story.
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Purrfection More than 1 year ago
Although characters could have been better developed, it was a touching tale of growing up and growing apart. It could have had greater depth and richness.
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naughty64 More than 1 year ago
well I have to say this was one of my favortie books. It usually takes me about 2 weeks just to read a book like this but not this time. I finished it in 2 days. its verry good. I wont tell you much but heres some. Its about a girl and a guy wh thought they had fallen in love since they met in junior high. Both of their lifes have not been easy at all and in my opion that might be one of the reasons why they felt like they had fallen in love with eachother. the guy is a gangster from las vegas he ends up in bootcamp shes ends up get shot by some guys that have to do with her past.you have to read this book in order to understand how this ends up hapening. they write eachother letters during his sentence of one year.this is just some of the book thers much more detail to it.the guys name is dio he has grown up in different neighorhoods isnt exactly the kid that can control his anger. he defenitly seems to grow up & mature through out the story. jennifer which is the girl she was a quiet girl in school,her situatoin with her parents leads her to begin working with a guy named wiggie its definitely not a decent job at that point to her its the only way to make some money.her and dio end up losing contact b/c he ends up in foster system until hes around the age of 17 when they reunite.its interesting how they end up reunting.at some point they do try to change there lifes but something happens like i said that leads to him being locked up/boot camp and her shot. in a way he blames what happened the night of them leaving las vegas in order to turn there lifes around for the situation in which they end up in @ the end of the story.they do however end up having a child together a little baby girl.but its a good ending dont want to spoil it. one thing i can say its not your typical love story ending.and thats about all i can say hope you read it.
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DKStokes More than 1 year ago
When Forever My Lady opens, Dio is preparing to interrupt the wedding of his true love Jennifer--with a gun. Then we back up a year to find out how he got to that point.

Dio is a 17-year-old gang member whose life changes when Jennifer ends up in the hospital with several gunshot wounds and Dio ends up in a prison boot camp.

Most of the story takes place at the boot camp, as Dio goes from surly and uncooperative to making friends and becoming competitive and determined to succeed. Through it all, his desire for a better life with Jennifer is his driving force.

The descriptions of his life in the boot camp are interspersed with memories and letters to and from Jennifer, and as the book progresses, you can see his growth both in the things he does and in the way he writes about them.

Boot camp was very vivid, particularly at the beginning, when it was all new to Dio. And it was very familiar. I kept thinking "and I volunteered for this?" (I went through army basic training--boot camp.)

Dio's emotions and motivations were very clear, and right there on the page. I was moved to tears at several points, particularly when as an adult--or simply a reader, seeing things from the outside--I could see what was going to happen, but knew that given his personality and emotions, there was no way to avoid the upcoming pain or heartache.

Huge kudos to Jeff Rivera for treating Dio and Jennifer's emotions with the seriousness they deserved. So often, a teenage love affair is treated like puppy love, when that time of life is when emotions tend to be most intense. Plus, given these characters' backgrounds, they were certainly not children.

My only complaint is that the ending was just a little quick and easy. Maybe it needed to be that way, to fit with the beginning, and after all, Dio did do his soul-searching earlier. But it's not a big complaint--I love the way it ended, I'd just have liked the ending to be a couple of pages longer, is all.

I'll definitely be watching for Jeff Rivera's future books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a first novel Jeff Rivera did a pretty good job. The story started off great and it held my attention til the end. I felt so sorry for Dio, all he had to look forward to was the letters from Jennifer. Jennifer on the other hand did not seem to get the importance of the letters, or she just didn't care. Jennifer, I hope learns that if you are no longer interested in a person, you should be up front with them and not lead them on. Dio recovers at the end of the book. It was an enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. i was first intrigued by the cover. i know they say dont judge a book by its cover but this one has a great cover and is a great novel. I couldnt put the book down. You feel like you are living the life of the main character Dio, like you are just as anxious to get the letters that Jennifer sends him. What i like most about this book is that its realistic, life is not always a fairytale and sometimes things happen for a reason.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dio Rodriguez knows the side of Las Vegas that the high rollers and tourists never see. He has grown up in a rough neighborhood far from the glitter of the neon lights of the Strip or the Downtown. At thirteen, he joined a gang because that was the only way to survive, but understands that he must always act tough.--------------- However, now seventeen, Dio hides his soft side from the world because if his peers learn of any trait they consider a weakness, they will use and abuse it to get at him. Only his girlfriend Jennifer knows the inner Dio. However, his life spins out of control when his beloved Jennifer is hospitalized following a drive by shooting and Dio is sent to prison boot camp. He worries about her and when he learns she is carrying his offspring, Dio vows to turn his life around and make a family with her although his options to leave the mean streets seem limited.---------------- Jeff Rivera provides a terrific character driven redemption tale starring an interesting protagonist who much of the audience will not initially like and anticipate his lying dead in the streets. When the audience meets Jennifer they see the inner soft side of Dio that he hides from everyone else as a protective mechanism. At the boot camp, with a goal for the future, he detests authority figures, especially his drill instructor yet at the same time gains a deep understanding of the need for self- discipline if he is to make it. Mr. Rivera provides a powerful relationship tale focusing on the concept of caring for someone else proves a strong motivator to get off the streets and make it.--------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Intriguing, compelling, and compassionate. Forever My Lady portrays an honest look into the life of an urban street kid overcoming the devastations of life, prison, and love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very excited and wanted to read this book ever since the author Jeff Rivera visited my school to offer a presentation about his writing career. I have been waiting for this book and I was more than pleased once I was able to read it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone ages 13 and up. Suspenseful and something human, qualities not many pieces of writing have been able to obtain. Well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book could'nt put it down.I highly recommend it......
Guest More than 1 year ago
If they sat Rivera's talent on top of my head I'd probably pass out from the over whelming volume and mass of God given gifts that it contains. At first I was a little skeptical, mostly because I am not an avid reader. But I read it any way. Hooked! I was immediately captivated. I was drawn into a world that I didnt know I wanted know, and when I got there I didnt want to leave. This is not a book for Latin Americans, this book is for everyone. Forever My Lady doesnt care what color your skin is , nor your background as it engages you, making us care for a cast of characters that in real life we might villify. This is not just a good read but an eye opening experience into brown skin, making us realize that we are all not so different on the inside. It's a must read! The Buzz is well deserved!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book!esta bien chingon foreals. once you pick it up you cant put it down plus gives me pride that latino writers are gettin out there y todo.