Mexican White Boy

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One boy in San Diego. White mother. Padre Mexicano. My summer in National City, CA

"Dressed in a well-worn Billabong tee, camo cargo shorts and a pair of old school slip on Vans.

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"He learns that jungle juice makes him feel light as a feather. That it makes him feel ten feet tall. But still slick on his feet. Makes him feel like smiling and talking to anybody and everybody, at any time" (71).

"He learns that jungle juice makes him feel light as a feather. That it makes him feel ten feet tall. But still slick on his feet. Makes him feel like smiling and talking to anybody and everybody, at any time" (71).

"Danny's trip to emergency, where he took five stitches under his left eye, ten in the back of his head- where he had to talk to cops and fill out paperwork and look his uncle Tommy and uncle Ray dead in the ye and lie" (40).

"Danny's trip to emergency, where he took five stitches under his left eye, ten in the back of his head- where he had to talk to cops and fill out paperwork and look his uncle Tommy and uncle Ray dead in the ye and lie" (40).

"I'm so happy right now. Being here with you. In National City. I came here because sometimes I feel like a fake Mexican. And I don't want to be a fake. I wanna be real. I love my dad's family. And I love the culture. I wish I could tell you how pretty I think you are in Spanish. But I can't. Because I never learned" (188)

"I'm so happy right now. Being here with you. In National City. I came here because sometimes I feel like a fake Mexican. And I don't want to be a fake. I wanna be real. I love my dad's family. And I love the culture. I wish I could tell you how pretty I think you are in Spanish. But I can't. Because I never learned" (188)

"The scout looks at Danny. He sighs, shakes his head. 'He's still in prison'" (220).

"The scout looks at Danny. He sighs, shakes his head. 'He's still in prison'" (220).

"But for now Danny's happy right where he is. Sitting on the train tracks. With his best friend. Watching a sunrise" (247).

"But for now Danny's happy right where he is. Sitting on the train tracks. With his best friend. Watching a sunrise" (247).

"Like I been tellin' you all along, man. Key's to play on a dude's ego. Let 'em hit you around a little when y'all warmin' up. Before the money's on the table. For all he know, you just another punk Mexican kid from National City" (115).  --Uno to Danny

"Like I been tellin' you all along, man. Key's to play on a dude's ego. Let 'em hit you around a little when y'all warmin' up. Before the money's on the table. For all he know, you just another punk Mexican kid from National City" (115). --Uno to Danny

"Come on, he thinks. She's just a girl. A person like anybody else. Go talk to her" (121).  -Danny and Liberty at the drive in

"Come on, he thinks. She's just a girl. A person like anybody else. Go talk to her" (121). -Danny and Liberty at the drive in

"What I don't get, D, is why your old man never tuaght you Spanish. I think maybe he didn't want you to be a Mexican. You know he gots a big ass chip on his shoulder 'bout that, right" (87)? ---Rico to Danny

"What I don't get, D, is why your old man never tuaght you Spanish. I think maybe he didn't want you to be a Mexican. You know he gots a big ass chip on his shoulder 'bout that, right" (87)? ---Rico to Danny

"I'm  gonna tell you now, Uno. If you ever pull some shit like that with my cousin again, I'm gonna sneak into your apartment one night with a knife. A big sharp one. And I'm gonna slice your stuff all up. Down there, pendejo" (57). -Sofia, my tough cousin defending my honor

"I'm gonna tell you now, Uno. If you ever pull some shit like that with my cousin again, I'm gonna sneak into your apartment one night with a knife. A big sharp one. And I'm gonna slice your stuff all up. Down there, pendejo" (57). -Sofia, my tough cousin defending my honor

"The two of them sit in silence and stare at the pale colors slowly fingering their way into the dark sky, around the recycling plant" (247).

"The two of them sit in silence and stare at the pale colors slowly fingering their way into the dark sky, around the recycling plant" (247).

"Six days before his mom is supposed to come for him, Danny and Uno take a bus downtown, hop off at the stop in front of San Diego's Petco Park, where the Padres play" (214).

"Six days before his mom is supposed to come for him, Danny and Uno take a bus downtown, hop off at the stop in front of San Diego's Petco Park, where the Padres play" (214).

"I'm gonna buy a ticket to Mexico. Stay with my dad" (143)

"I'm gonna buy a ticket to Mexico. Stay with my dad" (143)

"Danny hears the front door of the apartment creak open, watches Uncle Tommy and Cecilia stumble in reeking of cigarettes and tequila" (137)

"Danny hears the front door of the apartment creak open, watches Uncle Tommy and Cecilia stumble in reeking of cigarettes and tequila" (137)