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Est friends with Kamikaze a local drug dealer When Carlos comes home from his first year away at college and they share a secret kiss Chulito's worlds collide as his ideas of being a man being macho and being in love are challenged Vivid sexy funny heartbreaking and fearless this brilliant work is destined to become a ueer classic. This shit is dopeWow what an amazing read Chulito is a sweet faced thugged out sixteen year old Latino living in the Bronx He s dropped out of school and works for his friend Kamikazee selling drugs Chulito s best friend Carlos shocks the neighborhood when he comes out as gay and Chulito is torn He wants to be loyal to his friend but he has to protect his reputation To complicate matters Chulito is struggling with his own sexual orientation and though he tries to deny his attraction to Carlos he can t seem to stop himself from fallingand he falls hardIn the beginning Carlos is willing to keep things on the down low But as their relationship progresses Carlos becomes impatient He s hurt by the way Chulito pushes him away denies their relationship every time anyone from the neighborhood is close enough to see them togetherThis story was incredibly authentic written in street vernacular and laced with hip hop culture The dialect setting interpersonal relationships and atmosphere of the barrio all rang true and the book had me flying through the pages utterly engrossed Not only was the plot exciting but the emotional depth of the story was absolutely phenomenal Indescribable actually I laughed throughout and sometimes cried I especially loved the big climactic fight scene when Chulito finally came out and stood tall and proud for who he was Although emotionally told it was also funny in parts For example one of the secondary gay characters Lee was intent upon going out in the street to help his friends fight but his father locked the doors of their restaurant So Lee tried crawling through the takeout window and got his head stuck Believe me the way the author told it was hilariousThe relationship Carlos and Chulito shared was so beautiful and the portrayal was picture perfect Contrary to what some other Good Reads readers have written the story did not contain overly explicit sex In fact there are only two intimate scenes in the book One occurred in flashback Chulito s first experience and it was with his friend Kamikazee and a hooker they d hired Sort of his coming of age The second was a beautiful love scene with Chulito and CarlosThe story has a fantastic message and is incredibly well written By way of criticism I d have to say that it annoyed me a bit that halfway through the story the author began to shift point of view within scenes There were also uite a few typos like care instead of car and loose instead of lose Overall I loved the story and highly recommend it It s going on my recommended reading list on my website

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Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the ueer youth culture of Manhattan's piers Chulito is a coming out coming of age love story of a sexy tough hip hop–loving young Latino man and the colorful characters in his vibrant neighborhood Chulito which means cutie is one of the boys and everyone in his neighborhood has. Irregular irrelevant irrational Ridiculous tedious pretentious I can carry on like this but I won tThere were several Spanish words And I will tell you a secret I wasn t thrilled about thisNow let s come back to the crux of the matter if I have to sum the story up in a few words I would say this is a nonsense There were moments I was interested in the story and in Chulito Those scenes usually were the life of Hispanic people in one of the troubled suburbs in New York But that didn t last long because suddenly a secondary character s life was told and I was just not interested in that Even I wasn t aware they were talking about said person until the narrator had already told half their lives and as fast as it has started it ends in the same fashion and the plot goes on with Chulito I never grasped the utility of doing this It gave me the impression of an unbalanced story with no harmony at sight Is the narrator s goal to confuse the reader Because he achieved itSecondly this is a contemporary book but this may well be sci fi nonetheless To be honest the mood of the book never struck me as a futuristic one but it surely felt as one Because Chulito not only travels through time but he beams up whenever he wants too One minute Chulito is in his neighborhood and the next one he is with Carlos getting into an empty building on the other side of the city because New York is that small guys Also I could not really understand his social dynamics He works for a gangster and that is cool but his mother doesn t want him to behave badly so he doesn t say a thing because he loves her I know peer pressure and all of that but I could never feel close to Chulito I believe he is a superficial prick with no personality to stand for himself and for what he wants Carlos has by far character than him and that s why I didn t like him either because he is clever enough to realize Chulito has never deserved him and that he should invest his time in someone worthwhile Generally speaking I didn t like the MCsFurther there is a disgusting image I can t get rid of even after all this time since I finished the book I will never forgive the author for thisAll in all I can t recommend it Absolute Trust (Renegade, is a coming out coming of age love story of a sexy tough hip hop–loving young Latino man and the colorful characters La isla de la calavera in his vibrant neighborhood Chulito which means cutie Paleontology and Paleoenvironments is one of the boys and everyone Manga in his neighborhood has. 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Seen him grow up the owner of the local bodega the Lees from the Chinese restaurant his buddies from the corner and all of his neighbors and friends including Carlos who was Chulito's best friend until they hit puberty and people started calling Carlos a pato a faggotChulito rejects Carlos buries his feelings for him and becomes b. Well I won t say I found this story beautiful but I will definitely say there s beauty in it Sixteen year old Chulito for starters He s a cutie On the first page of the book he s described as a Latino hip hop version of Michelangelo s David Then the neighbourhood Hunts Point in the Bronx The botegas The ChineseKorean restaurants The auto glass guys The corner where Chulito hangs out with the fellas It was very well done and for me it was the best part in the story I read in some other review that the hood and the fellas brought the TV show The Wire in mind and it s true I too thought of that show than once especially the first season while reading Chulito The teenage boys with the necessary and at times funny nicknames high school dropouts aspiring to make a career in drug trafficking hooking up with local girls but avoiding getting serious with them adept at fathering children but inept at taking care of themThen the secondary characters Without them this story would have been nothing special They were described so vividly so aptly they felt authentic like real people The most notable ones for me were Kamikaze and Brick The current and the ex criminal Two characters with both good and evil in them with as many vices as virtues as many merits as flaws with layers and layers of ualities positive and negative that made you want to both laugh and cry slap them across the face and hug them tight be friends with them and hate them at the same timeOther characters I liked where Julio the old gay travel agent Puti the neighbourhood transvestite the mothers Carmen and MariaI also enjoyed Chulito s dreams one earlier and one later in the story expressing the teenager s wishes and fears the uestion of his sexuality the dread of the realisation that he was different I especially enjoyed the dream about macho having been outlawed the macho meter device the authorities used to screen men and Chulito s fear that he wouldn t pass itThen the fight scene Chulito standing up for his choice Puti for once abandoning her position at her window limping outside and using a high heeled shoe as a weapon Julio brandishing his gun and exclaiming enough to everyone and no one in particular But Yes there s a but More than one buts reallyThe dynamic between the major characters Chulito and Carlos Their emotions for each other how and why they started how and why they bloomed didn t come across as powerfully as I expected Chulito unable to overcome his dread of being labelled as gay kept blowing Carlos off treating him worse and worse However despite his shitty behaviour despite being the younger and less smart one despite his fears he came across as the stronger of the two the one calling the shots Carlos although openly gay in a neighbourhood full of prejudices discrimination and bigotry although much mature than his actual age although probably smarter than any other seventeen year old in Hunts Point and despite his determination not to let Chulito drag him back in the closet came across as weak insubstantial plain insipid He lost the game the moment I started wondering what Chulito found in him and it was pretty early in the storyNow the relationship between Chulito and Kamikaze A whole different ball of wax What Carlos and his interaction with Chulito lacked Kamikaze and his own interaction with Chulito had in spades Chulito and Kamikaze had hammered out a relationship of such intensity intimacy trust and love whatever Chulito had built or was building with Carlos paled in comparison Even their single common sexual experience felt hot times infinity compared to Chulito s encounters with Carlos It was Kamikaze s wiry pube Chulito made sure stayed under his tongue for safekeeping not Carlos Then there were also the issues I had with the narrative I m not sure if it was omniscient or third and single person POV Or both Or neither Eighty per cent of the time it felt like single person It was through Chulito s eyes the story was told Then for no apparent reason a couple of scenes with Carlos POV appeared And the strange thing was that they didn t offer anything extremely different or new or substantialIn addition the almost complete lack of past perfect tense confused me times than I could count having me wondering if what I was reading was happening in the present or the past and eventually taking me out of the storyLastly finishing the book I had the strong impression that the author all but abandoned his story in the last twenty per cent or so That was where the story deflated instead of taking off I expected much to happen in the neighbourhood after the fight scene And I expected the relationship between Chulito and Carlos to feel fortified not compromised with one of them Carlos leaving going back to college to a life familiar and an environment he knew how to handle and the other Chulito staying back alone altered redefined to a life he didn t have the time to adapt to having to learn how to work a legit job to be someone else and probably fight a war of survival no one not even Kamikaze seemed to know how would evolve Even though the story ended on a hopeful tone I felt like Chulito hadn t realized what was coming and like what was coming wasn t a walk in the parkSo this book didn t speak to me on the profound level it did to other people And it wasn t because of the LatinoGhetto theme If anything that was a plus Mostly it was the imbalance of the flat shallow characterization where it mattered most and the three dimensional full blown characters where it didn t This story could have survived without such a realistic Brick perhaps even without such an amazing Kamikaze But unfortunately it didn t survive without a mind blowing CarlosBut at least it had Brick and it had Kamikaze and most of all it had Chulito the sun around which everyone else in the book revolved This was Chulito s story and as such I can say it was worth the time I spent reading it and writing this review


10 thoughts on “Chulito by Charles Rice-González

  1. says:

    Irregular irrelevant irrational Ridiculous tedious pretentious I can carry on like this but I won'tThere were s

  2. says:

    Chulito lingers in memory like a lover’s first kiss on the lips in the moonlightReading Charles Rice Gonzalez’s Chulito was a very personal experience for me It’s set in the Bronx where I also grew up Hunts Point Longwood Avenue Parkchester—almost forgotten yet familiar I could close my eyes and see the

  3. says:

    This is my book so of course I love it

  4. says:

    Well I won't say I found this story beautiful but I will definitely say there's beauty in it Sixteen year old Chulito for starters He's a cutie On the first page of the book he's described as a Latino hip hop version of Michelangelo's David Then the neighbourhood Hunts Point in the Bronx The botegas The ChineseKorean restaurants Th

  5. says:

    This feels like a play West Side Story Hair or Rent The characters are iconic When I first saw this book being read by a friend I was wary of it The setting and ethnicity of the story can easily be made into a farce by someone who hasn't experienced it And that hurts because I've been there and it's no joke There's also the usual m

  6. says:

    Some initial thoughts Finished March 4 1 I'm really liking this kid Chulito His name for his penis Papito his epic sex dream it's all very funny endearing and realistic2 I can see kind of a love triangle developing I'm really curious about Kamikaze if he's even aware of what he's doing Not getting as much of sense of Carlos yet but

  7. says:

    This shit is dopeWow what an amazing read Chulito is a sweet faced thugged out sixteen year old Latino living in the Bronx He's dropped out of school and works for his friend Kamikazee selling drugs Chulito's best friend Carlos shocks the neighborhood when he comes out as gay and Chulito is torn He wants to be loyal to his friend but he has to protect his reputation To complicate matters Chulito is struggling w

  8. says:

    This is in many ways an amazing book with characters who are not your typical MM romance guys I'm not ualified to judge their authenticity but they and their setting rang completely true to me The MC Chulito seems older than his supposed age but as the song says you grow up uick when you grow up poor He is a fascinating and conflicted guy trying to reconcile the code of the streets on which he lives and the anti gay opinions of his group

  9. says:

    DNF at 70% Sorry Just couldn't get into it and I really tried considering that I was already bored out of my mind at like 10% But some reviewers stated that this book just kept getting better and betterWell I certainly get where people are coming from when saying that this story felt real and managed to capture the Bronx and thug life uite well While everything I know about ghetto Bronx and gang life comes out of the Hollywood machinerie

  10. says:

    Excellent This is the Bronx I grew up in I know it may seem that in this hood they were always at the brink of violence and maybe it seems like a tragic horrible place to grow up It wasn't for me and I completely understand why Chulito and Carl

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