I'm the sort of person that reads a lot of books. (I read 8 books over this christmas vacation) When we got an assignment in english class to read a book by a latino author with a book group, we chose this one randomly from a list of 30 or 40 books. First of all it was almost impossible to get the book. (there are only two in the library system in the Seattle Area) I had to order the book, and it was the biggest waste of 10 bucks i have ever spent. The stories were boring and extremely difficult to get through. None of the stories had any themes i could relate to (being a female high school student who lives in the suburbs) and many of the stories seemed to have no point whatsoever. "The Death Mask of Pancho Villa" was about three guys who decided to smoke pot outside of one of the man's homes and discuss what to do with the death mask one of the men had 'acquired.' "Nancy Flores" was, in my opinion, one of the worst stories in the book. Do i really want to read about an 8th grader who felt his girlfriend up, only to find out years later she married the man that she dumped him for? NOOOOOOO!!!! This book is utterly useless and i will donate it to the library system after i am done with it at school. (although it will probably be of greater use if i burned it on a cold rainy day)
In short, it was an utterly useless book that had no message or value that i gained from reading the book. If it was possible, i would have given the book 0 stars.