This is the true story of growing up in the ghetto of the Bronx. While I was reading this I couldn't help but think the whole time, thank goodness I wasn't born in this kind of life. Most of the boys are drug dealers by the age of 15. The girls get pregnant at an early age and most have 3-4 kids by the age of 20 (most of which have different fathers). The men end up in jail while the women move on from loser to loser. The families hop from one house to another because they would get kicked out from wherever they were staying. This book made me so angry because there were so many times someone could change their life and follow a different path then what their friends or family were doing but they always seem to get sucked right back in. I especially felt sorry for the children in this book. You could probably fast forward 15 years and their life would be the same story as what is in this book. This book was definitely not a light read but if anyone is interested in reading about this lifestyle the author did a great job of telling the families' stories.