University of New Mexico
CrashBoomLove: a novel in verse
Juan Felipe Herrera
from the book...
In this novel in verse - unprecedented in Chicano literature - renowned poet Juan Felipe Herrera illuminates the soul of a generation. Drawn from his own life as well as a lifetime of dedication to young people, Crashboomlove helps readers understand what it is to be a teen, a migrant worker, and a boy wanting to be a boy.
Don't know how it all started. The frozen feeling,
this fender inside wanting to crash against everything.
Blown out blue night. My face.
See the kid witha buzzed head.
Kinky overalls, bluish and acrylic spray fat letters down the
pants. Fists curled like bike locks. Mama says Don't be so angry.
Just making it up, I say.
Just making it up...
Sixteen year old Cesar Garcia is careening. His father, Papi Cesar, has left the migrant circuit in California for his other wife and children in Denver. Sweet Mama Lucy tries to provide for her son with dichos and tales of her own misspent youth. But as Rambling West High School in Fowlerville, the sides are drawn: Hmongs vs. Chicanos vs. everybody vs. Cesar, the new kid on the block.
Precise and profound, Crashboomlove will appeal to and resonate with high school readers across the country.
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