Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
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Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the reader in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers, mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation.

Two romances thread through Random Family: the sexually charismatic nineteen-year-old Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George, and fourteen-year-old Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar, an aspiring thug. Fleeing from family problems, the young couples try to outrun their destinies. Chauffeurs whisk them to getaways in the Poconos and to nightclubs. They cruise the streets in Lamborghinis and customized James Bond cars. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between life and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George's business activities; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty. Together, then apart, the teenagers make family where they find it. Girls look for excitement and find trouble; boys, searching for adventure, join crews and prison gangs. Coco moves upstate to dodge the hazards of the Bronx; Jessica seeks solace in romance. Both find that love is the only place to go.

A gifted prose stylist and a profoundly compassionate observer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has slipped behind the cold statistics and sensationalism surrounding inner-city life and come back with a riveting, haunting, and true urban soap opera that reveals the clenched grip of the streets. Random Family is a compulsive read and an important journalistic achievement, sure to take its place beside the classics of the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439124895
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 46,265
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's first book, Random Family, was a New York Times Bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the winner of The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Ridenhour Book Prize. LeBlanc's work has been published in The New York Times MagazineThe New Yorker, Esquire, Elle, Spin, The Source, The Village Voice, and other magazines. LeBlanc lives in Manhattan.

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Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you know about the bronx the way I do, then you will enjoy this book..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing true story that reads like a novel. LeBlanc really did her research writing this book. She narrates an incredible family saga.
Jeta More than 1 year ago
This book is GREAT,only took me one week to read and the only reason for that is because i have two children and they take much of my time.
This book is very well written and really connects you to the characters. I only wish there was a sequal, so i could know what happened to Coco, Jessica and Cesear. Will there be a Coco and Cesear? I love love love this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone can enjoy this book. It was so good that i've started looking for more books by this author. Once you read it you'll never get over it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't want it to end- became so attached to these characters that I felt/feel a sense of loss not knowing what happened to them past the last page- enough said.
SalmaM More than 1 year ago
Random Family, was one of the greatest novels I have read. It was very detailed and made me realize that some people's lives are indeed difficult. The lives of Jessica, and Coco were very complex and heartbreaking. I was not able to put the book down, and I finished it in about a week. This book showed me that life shouldn’t be taken for granted. We have opportunities that many people do not have, and wish they had. It helped me open my eyes to problems, and abuse that people experience when they should not be going through it at all. This book is very detailed which helps us put ourselves in their shoes and see what they’re going through. I never would have thought that this actually happens. I actually felt bad and my heart went out to both Jessica and Coco and their families and children. I felt bad for Jessica and Coco, and as every chapter passed, I hoped that their lives would start getting better. I felt that they deserved much better, and that if I was in their shoes I honestly wouldn’t know what to do myself. I also felt bad for their children that had to grow up in such a terrible environment. This book was really vivid and as I was reading I felt like I was actually there and that I actually experienced everything that they went through. I would recommend this book because it makes you feel for these girls and the life their living. It makes you realize that sometimes the life we have is being taken for granted when other people would die for a life like ours. This novel was a great way to help us see a world through someone else’s eyes, and see what they have to go through.
cannonball More than 1 year ago
This stunning piece of reporting describes about eleven years in the lives of Jessica and Coco who we meet as young teens in the South Bronx. Surrounded by crime, drugs and relentless poverty both women give birth to multiple children by a series of fathers. Jessica ends up in federal prison after refusing to turn against her abusive drug kingpin boyfriend. Coco struggles alone through numerous partners and housing arrangements trying valiantly to raise her kids amid a whirlwind of hangers-on who take advantage of her generosity and hospitality. The book certainly proves its title, Random Family, as it details the lifestyle of the ghetto. However, it also elicits the humanity that underlies its characters--however flawed they may be. As the jacket copy promises, Random Family does indeed read like a novel and it is hard to put down. Regretfully, this being nonfiction, there is no resolution to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was engrossed in this book. I have learned about a lifestyle that exists commonly around us, and have come away with an indepth understanding of a different culture. The writer puts you in the middle of these families and quickly can get you to empathize with a situation that many of us criticize. It was well written, very easy to follow, a bit long but needed to be. I have recommended this book to many.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OOH! Rainbows! OOH!!!!!! A leprchaun!!!!!
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Just watches everything
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Both wait for toms.
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Howleen has a sexy but
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Le Blanc's writing is beautiful and honest. We see her intelligence and her humanity in the way she steps back as a narrator and simply allows these people to tell us about their lives -- their hopes, fears, disappointments, and (in the most profound ending, truly the only ending this book called for) their joys. Moving, challenging, and deepening. A GEM. 
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The only thing this book was missing was photos of the characters (although I get why there weren't any). I became so invested in those characters I feel almost desperate to know what has happened in their lives since the book ended. I feel equally interested in knowing more about how the author must have embedded herself into their lives to be able to write this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this book! I didnt want it to end, i fell in love with one of the characters. And i was attached to the reat, i cryed when they cryed, i was angry when they were. I mean this story is very detailed and thats what i love sbout it
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ElizabethNY More than 1 year ago
Adrian makes you feel like a fly on the wall, in the lives of Jessica, Coco, and Cesar. Their honesty is heartbreaking but true. I am a Bronx native and I wish I Had read this in H.S..
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