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The Hollywood Where Sammy Santos And Juliana R Os Live Is Not The West Coast One, The One With All The Glitz And Glitter This Hollywood Is A Tough Barrio At The Edge Of A Small Town In Southern New Mexico Sammy And This Friends Members Of The 1969 High School Graduating Class Face A World Of Racism, Dress Codes, War In Vietnam And Barrio Violence In The Summer Before His Senior Year Begins, Sammy Falls In Love With Juliana, A Girl Whose Tough Veneer Disguises A World Of Hurt By Summer S End, Juliana Is Dead Sammy Grieves, And In His Grief, The Memory Of Juliana Becomes His Guide Through This Difficult Year Sammy Is A Smart Kid, But He S Angry He S Angry About Juliana S Death, He S Angry About The Poverty His Father And His Sister Must Endure, He S Angry At His High School And Its Thinly Disguised Gringo Racism, And He S Angry He Might Not Be Able To Go To College Benjamin Alire S Enz, Evoking The Bittersweet Ambience Found In Such Novels As McMurtry S The Last Picture Show, Captures The Essence Of What It Meant To Grow Up Chicano In Small Town America In The Late 1960s.Benjamin Alire S Enz Novelist, Poet, Essayist And Writer Of Children S Books Is At The Forefront Of The Emerging Latino Literatures He Has Received Both The Wallace Stegner Fellowship And The Lannan Fellowship, And Is A Recipient Of The American Book Award Born Mexican American Catholic In The Rural Community Of Picacho, New Mexico, He Now Teaches At The University Of Texas At El Paso, And Considers Himself A Fronterizo, A Person Of The Border.


10 thoughts on “Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood

  1. says:

    4.5 starsThis book made me feel things that tore me apart Benjamin Alire S enz is slowly becoming my favourite author The way he writes, the things he writes about are amazing This book was sad but in a good way and I promise if you read this book it will not let you down Read one of Benjamin s books because they are pure gold


  2. says:

    I m not sure I ve ever given a book 5 stars before, but this one is remarkable It is a coming of age story set in a New Mexican barrio ironically named Hollywood It is 1968 and America is in an upheaval which is reflected in the narrator Sammy Santos senior year experience At times laugh out loud funny, at times wipe the tears away sad, but always tender, endearing, moving and insightful, this is one of the best YA books I ve ever read, if not THE best Saenz has created such authentic, symp I m not sure I ve ever given a book 5 stars before, but this one is remarkable It is a coming of age story set in a New Mexican barrio ironically named Hollywood It is 1968 and America is in an upheaval which is reflected in the narrator Sammy Santos senior year experience At times laugh out loud funny, at times wipe the tears away sad, but always tender, endearing, moving and insightful, this is one of the best YA books I ve ever read, if not THE best Saenz has created such authentic, sympathetic characters that you ll almost wish you were at La Cruces High with them A Top Ten Best Book for YA in 2005, I don t know how I missed it until now


  3. says:

    Author Benjamin Alire Saenz should be in the pantheon of YA writers He has won many awards for his writing, and after reading Sammie and Juliana in Hollywood, I believe they are deserving.I adore this novel, especially for its powerfully drawn characters and fluent, often funny prose The title characters are wonderful bold and bigger than life, yet believable And the plot is compelling and unpredictable, skirting many of the minefields of cliches Picture an urban high school in the year 196 Author Benjamin Alire Saenz should be in the pantheon of YA writers He has won many awards for his writing, and after reading Sammie and Juliana in Hollywood, I believe they are deserving.I adore this novel, especially for its powerfully drawn characters and fluent, often funny prose The title characters are wonderful bold and bigger than life, yet believable And the plot is compelling and unpredictable, skirting many of the minefields of cliches Picture an urban high school in the year 1969 poor kids being drafted into the Viet Nam war, racism still blatant and ugly, and girls, especially poor ones, suffering a double standard Their barrio is the only world Sammie and Juliana know, but it presents them with a terrible choice escape it now or come to terms with its many deprivations That is only one of the fundamentally brutal conflicts that fill the novel The dialogue is true and often heart rending, when it s not laugh out loud funny Like real teenagers, the ones in this story are not shy about saying whatever they want, no matter how harsh or politically incorrect As a result, the dialogue cracks with energy and authenticity One stop shopping if you want to learn how to use Spanish swear words in context From Cinco Puntos Press, a distingushed multicultural publisher whose books are gorgeously produced Checkalo


  4. says:

    First of all, I want to say that THE COVER IS SO CUTE That may be the only reason I bought this book even if i bought this brand new for only 30 pesos I didnt understand most conversations in this book for it s in spanish Yes, they are mexicans I just tried to wing it for the filipino language is kinda similar to spanish, so to speak and today, yo tratando de aprender espa ol haha last year, I wanted to learn japanese for i got hooked with lots of anime and got tired of reading subtit First of all, I want to say that THE COVER IS SO CUTE That may be the only reason I bought this book even if i bought this brand new for only 30 pesos I didnt understand most conversations in this book for it s in spanish Yes, they are mexicans I just tried to wing it for the filipino language is kinda similar to spanish, so to speak and today, yo tratando de aprender espa ol haha last year, I wanted to learn japanese for i got hooked with lots of anime and got tired of reading subtitles but only got to the basics.At first, I actually thought that the story was about two people trying to go to hollywood to live out their dream BUT NO It s about a little barrio called hollywood somewhere in america where mexicans live something like that Is there a real thing Anyway, the story is kinda different because its not what you ll expect definitely


  5. says:

    I loved this book I m Mexican so I had no problem reading this book at all I loved Sammy and all the characters in the story His story was so real and you felt like you actually knew him The writing was excellent and the plot was great But I didn t like how all these bad things kept happening to Sammy And there really wasn t a happy ending Although he is very smart, he goes to a community college and takes care of his sister after his Dad dies And he is the only one of his friends to sta I loved this book I m Mexican so I had no problem reading this book at all I loved Sammy and all the characters in the story His story was so real and you felt like you actually knew him The writing was excellent and the plot was great But I didn t like how all these bad things kept happening to Sammy And there really wasn t a happy ending Although he is very smart, he goes to a community college and takes care of his sister after his Dad dies And he is the only one of his friends to stay in Hollywood, when he was the one who really wanted to get out Overall, it was one of the best stories I have read in a long time


  6. says:

    There is no glossary in this book, no italics to show that it is a Spanish word The reader must figure that out from themselves and use the context in order to translate it I encourage readers to not just skip over the Spanish words, but to learn them especially if you are pretty good at Spanish, you need to know the slang too, not just the formal talk My friends who speak Spanish laugh at Spanish students proper Spanish As for the look at how gay people were treated, I don t think many There is no glossary in this book, no italics to show that it is a Spanish word The reader must figure that out from themselves and use the context in order to translate it I encourage readers to not just skip over the Spanish words, but to learn them especially if you are pretty good at Spanish, you need to know the slang too, not just the formal talk My friends who speak Spanish laugh at Spanish students proper Spanish As for the look at how gay people were treated, I don t think many current students know how bad homosexuals had it in the 60s and 70s, even though that was supposed to be a liberating and accepting time Sammy says it best concerning what love is deemed acceptable It s funny, everyone had always told us love was another word for belonging No one, no one had ever told me that love was another name for exile pg 212 I wish it was funny because it was untrue, but it s not funny, and it s true.The nice thing about re reading is you find new things to appreciate I was enthralled by how Sammy described people I wanted to meet him just to hear how he would describe me When talking about Juliana he says, Sometimes, she could look at you and you could see what she was trying to tell you don t screw with me because I ve been through things, and you don t know a damn thing about what it s cost me to be here, right here, right here on this worthless piece of ground, so don t treat me like I m some crack on a sidewalk because if you step on me, you ll never take another step without thinking of me I swear to God you won t pg 13 He s very observant and has a sort of old soul He s well liked, but quiet, not a big fan of parties However he does attend some parties and he s not really socially awkward It was nice to read a book about a guy who s not a nerd I know that sounds mean, but do you get what I m saying I also love Juliana for that above quote but she frustrated me a bit The title is sort of misleading because Sammy Juliana s relationship is not the main focus of the story However it does serve as the backdrop to everything that Sammy does.Sammy and Juliana In Hollywood is an aching story that is apologetically depressing I didn t remember it being so maddeningly sad I ll tell you right now, this book is really about the little things making people happy It s about leaving home, moving on from everything and anything and appreciating those little joys that are few and far between This novel covers so much both historically and personally The Chicano movement is on the rise, people are protesting the Vietnam war, violence against homosexuals, racism against all Brown people, class issues, ageism, students not being free to speak their mind It s a lot to handle but Sammy has a lot to handle in his own life and this book mirrors his internal turmoil as well as the external Sammy grows in leaps and bounds and it s the very definition of a rewarding experience to read about There is so muchI want to say about this novel, but this review is already pretty lengthy READ THIS BOOK


  7. says:

    This was an incredible listen Saenz has written a thought provoking book that tells about the United States during the late 1960 s through the eyes of a Mexican American student Sammy lives in Hollywood not Hollywood, CA but Hollywood, NM, a barrio outside of Los Crues Sammy s life is hard he is a realist, but hopeful This was not an easy read, but the story is very powerful.I was 15 in 1969 Sammy and I did not have the same high school experiences It is good to be reminded that my life This was an incredible listen Saenz has written a thought provoking book that tells about the United States during the late 1960 s through the eyes of a Mexican American student Sammy lives in Hollywood not Hollywood, CA but Hollywood, NM, a barrio outside of Los Crues Sammy s life is hard he is a realist, but hopeful This was not an easy read, but the story is very powerful.I was 15 in 1969 Sammy and I did not have the same high school experiences It is good to be reminded that my life is not typical or even usual.This was one of the reasons that I really liked this novel I was getting to see my life from a very different viewpoint I also liked it because I felt I was living along with Sammy His experiences seemed real I laughed and cried along with him I was sad when the book ended I am not sure how many young adults would pick this book up in my part of the world The Mexican American experience in the US is fairly foreign to these kids However, I think if they would listen to this story they would be as fascinated as I was Robert Ramirez narration really added to my reading experience There are Spanish words and phrases in this book If I had been reading the book, I would have skipped right over them With Ramirez reading to me, I could hear the words and get the contextcompletely I recommend this book to young adults who are curious about living through the 60 s, to adults who did live through those times and to anyone who liked stories that are realistic and well written


  8. says:

    I actually finished this yesterday but was so shaken by the ending I couldn t even write a tiny review.This book was poignant So so so so SO sad Every time you think things are okay, Saenz hits you with another awful event But it s also hopeful not throughout the whole book by any means, but definitely at certain points The ending was incredibly ambiguous and time seemed to kind of melt away, but I was okay with that I think the most interesting thing about this book is that Saenz is clea I actually finished this yesterday but was so shaken by the ending I couldn t even write a tiny review.This book was poignant So so so so SO sad Every time you think things are okay, Saenz hits you with another awful event But it s also hopeful not throughout the whole book by any means, but definitely at certain points The ending was incredibly ambiguous and time seemed to kind of melt away, but I was okay with that I think the most interesting thing about this book is that Saenz is clearly trying to teach a lesson to his readers, but never gives an indication of what the lesson is the purpose is for each individual to find something that holds fast to them And while I couldn t relate deeply to the novel because I live in a different world than Hollywood, I found what had meaning to me though I can t really put it in words, so I m going to keep that to myself Saenz s novels never fail to stir me up and think Please do read Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, it samazing than it gets credit for


  9. says:

    It s a YA novel about regret Guilt, grief, shattered dreams and sadness too, but mostly regret, dealt with in the most poignant and heartrending fashion A LOT happens, probably too much for one novel, but with characters as vivid and real as these, it s hard to file any serious complaints Probably the only novel I ve ever read that has a twist BEGINNING instead of a twist ENDING, with one of the biggest shocks I ve ever read in a book coming in the first 50 pages The voice is fantastic, with It s a YA novel about regret Guilt, grief, shattered dreams and sadness too, but mostly regret, dealt with in the most poignant and heartrending fashion A LOT happens, probably too much for one novel, but with characters as vivid and real as these, it s hard to file any serious complaints Probably the only novel I ve ever read that has a twist BEGINNING instead of a twist ENDING, with one of the biggest shocks I ve ever read in a book coming in the first 50 pages The voice is fantastic, with a stylistic repetition I ve never seen used before It s sad, it s very VERY sad, with the tiniest faint glimmers of hope Emotionally brutal and tragic, yes, but maybe the best novel I ve ever read about coming to terms with change, growing up, and the transient nature of life And I haven t even mentioned its piercing treatment of race and prejudice Between this and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I am a die hard Saenz fan for life


  10. says:

    One of my favorite YA authors, but not my favorite book by him Of course I loved Sammy, a very cool kid.