‘We control everything’. Those are the words spoken by Hector, Joseph’s best friend. They live in the harsh gang controlled streets of Richmond. Joseph is a wise streetsmart student, dedicating himself to live life to the fullest. Hector is gangster stuck in his own world of power influenced by the streets to rise to the top. Together with their crew, they struggle to survive not only the streets but high school and adolescence. Though, when Hector decides to retaliate against an enemy, everything starts to slowly fall apart. Loyalties are tested and the pressure mounts as Joseph makes the righteous decisions to save himself and the man he considers his brother. Set in during the height of Bay Area hyphy movement, the novel contains graphic dialogue and spanish language as it directly explores teenagers living in Latino culture.
The author was inspired to write this novel from experiences he had in relation to events which occurred before, during, and after his high school years. The times this book is written about shaped Edwardo’s perception of ‘life in the streets’, presenting a canvas in which to pursue his writing; this is his first book.