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Publisher's Summary

This New York Times best-seller intimately depicts urban life in a gripping book that slips behind cold statistics and sensationalism to reveal the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour.

In her extraordinary best seller, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses listeners in the intricacies of the ghetto, revealing the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. Focusing on two romances - Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George; and Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar - Random Family is the story of young people trying to outrun their destinies. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between survival and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and, throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty.

Charting the tumultuous cycle of the generations - as girls become mothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation - LeBlanc slips behind the cold statistics and sensationalism and comes back with a riveting, haunting, and true story.

©2016 Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (P)2016 Random House Audio

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The narrator ruined this book.

This book might actually be good if it wasn't for this narrator. The entire time I spent listening to this my mind kept wandering off into a million directions because the voice is so flat and fluctuates so little that the narrator could make any story, good or bad, boring.
I can't listen to it. I stopped it after 2 chapters because the narrator just ruined it. I keep wishing I was reading it instead of listening to this flat boring voice.

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I really enjoyed this book. It was great exposure to the cultural experience alive in America with Americans. Thank you to all who allowed us into their lives.

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Must read

This is a powerful story of the vicious cycle of poverty in the Bronx. Growing up here and not too far from where the story begins, makes the characters and their circumstances familiar, relatable, and heartbreaking. A must read, no matter your zip code.

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outstanding

love it
narrator was perfect
it felt like I was there my favorite is Ms Scutari