. This paper provides a brief, marginally favorable review of Villarreal’s novel about a Mexican-American boy’s coming of age in mid-twentieth century America. Argues that Villarreal’s inconsistent writing style and tendency to venture off into philosophical themes distracts the reader from an otherwise good story with conflicting characters and interesting themes. KEYWORDS: book review fiction Mexican American boyhood. MLA Style. 4 pages, 16 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 898 words.
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