Call Me Henri
Imprint: Curbstone Books
242 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00
- Published: June 2012
Lorraine López (author of Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories) has created a vivid picture of barrio life, filled with honesty, insight, and humor for young adults. She paints a balanced and detailed landscape of Enrique's world. Although Enrique is confused and angered by his mother's refusal to stand up for him against the abuse of his stepfather, he also draws strength from the supportive and loving family of his friend Francisco. While some of his teachers are uncaring or inept, others provide help and encouragement at critical moments in his life.
When Enrique witnesses his friend Horacio gunned down in a drive-by shooting and is seen by the assailants, gang members set out to kill him. As the novel reaches its climax, Enrique must make some agonizing decisions.
Although specifically about barrio life, this novel is universal in its themes—the drive for success, the desire for love and family support, and the need for true friendship. López's fully delineated characters provide a rich and credible mural of our human comedy.
"[López] delivers a hard-hitting, accurate description of life for some teens in this country. A must for urban collections." — Kirkus Reviews
"Enrique is a hero who will appeal to teens of all backgrounds...An excellent purchase for any school or public library." — Voya
"Call Me Henri is a captivating new novel that paints an honest picture of barrio life." —The Albuquerque Journal