Random Family

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Urban Studies Random Family The purpose of this paper is to introduce and analyze the book "Random *****: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx." by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. Specifically it will contain a book report on the *****, focusing on three problem areas the book discusses. The book follows ten years in ***** lives ***** two ***** girls, Jessica and Coco, and illustrates the *****s and social inequ*****ies of growing up in poverty with little hope for escape. This book describes so many problems facing these two young women as they mature in the Bronx that it is difficult to choose only three, but *****me of ***** most pervasive ***** facing ***** ***** and others are drugs, poverty, ***** lack ***** education.…show more content…
Meanwhile her mother is slowly, with the help of cocaine, sucked into a chaotic lifestyle. It really doesn’t help that the family lives on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx, where the drug trade is booming. As a result her mother withdraws from raising Jessica, her siblings and her grandchild—Jessica’s daughter. Jessica’s mother’s dependency on cocaine pushes away Jessica’s stepfather, the only close-to-levelheaded person in their lives. Her eldest brother doesn’t bother to care about where his misguided family members are going, and he moves out once he is able. 

At 15, Jessica’s homebody younger sister follows in her footsteps and gets pregnant. Young mothers seem to be the norm in this family. Jessica’s youngest and favorite sibling, Cesar, continually behaves like a thug. He is smart but never focuses on school. The streets are his home, and at the age of 14 he is on his way to becoming a father. 

The twists and turns of Jessica’s and her family’s lives are developed eloquently. This is definitely not the stereotypical “hood” story of boy gets girl pregnant, boy’s big dreams are shattered, boy is enticed by the drug business, and eventually boy gets thrown into jail. This story goes much deeper into people’s lives. 

Random Family is deliberate and well thought out. After developing Jessica and her family, LeBlanc introduces other characters only after providing their backgrounds. In this way, the
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