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Realistic (fiction), Trade Book , Lexile: 820

In these contemporary stories, author Gary Soto explores the lives of Hispanic teenagers living in California. Soto's characters deal with an array of adolescent issues: having a crush so bad that you pretend to be something you're not, sibling rivalry so intense that neither side can stop, being so afraid of humiliation at school that you will agree to almost anything, and more. With humor and empathy, Soto deftly captures the culture and environment that these kids inhabit.