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Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

Random Family : Love , Drugs , Trouble , and Coming of Age in the Bronx

The internal life of urban underground and poor neighborhoods , where drug trade , teenage pregnancy and domestic violence are common , is both acute and relevant nowadays . Adrian LeBlanc 's Random Family Love , Drugs , Trouble and Coming of Age in Bronx (2003 ) depicts epidemic of social pathology that prevails in Bronx environment . The is designed to review the book from the combined position that includes both health care and social work approaches

The plot of the book circles around the fates of

two Puerto Rican girls - Jessica and Coco . Jessica at the age of sixteen faces poverty and is therefore forced to have close relationships with numerous men , who , in turn , are expected to provide her : as LeBlanc writes , You could be talking to her in the middle of the bustle of Tremont and feel as if lovers ' confidences were being exchanged beneath a tent of sheets (Glimm , 2004 ,

. 1448 . Later , the young woman engages into sex business , so that she becomes a common wife of the entire male population in the neighborhood . At age 19 , Jessica already has a child from a young man and twins - with his brother , but seems uninterested in childrearing , her 2-year-old daughter is sexually abused as a result Jessica once establishes successful relationship with a local drug dealer , who obligates her to join his business and later recognizes the woman as his lover and supports her financially , so that Jessica has a lush car and apartments , in which , however , her boyfriend locks her and batters even for minor disobedience . Later , her partner receives life sentence and the woman is imprisoned later for her refusal to cooperate with the police (LeBlanc , 2003

Coco 's fate is to great extent similar : at the age of 14 she falls in love with Jessica 's brother , and the two teenagers have a child . As LeBlanc states , Coco survived extreme hardships without becoming hard (Glimm , 2004 ,

. 1448 . Her lifestyle is similar to Jessica 's pace of changing lovers and partners , thus , the young woman enters her 20s with five children , one of whom is seriously disabled (LeBlanc 2003 . In contrast to Jessica , Coco cares about her children and is generally devoted to them (for instance , when her daughter Pearl , born premature , falls ills and suffers from vomiting , she willingly leaves her work for childcare , but later she feels a need for pause in her motherhood : in LeBlanc 's words , Just taking the bus was risky , because Nautica was prone to tantrums and Coco 's hands were full with Pearl and her portable oxygen tank . Sometimes Mercedes would fall asleep so deeply that she couldn 't be politely roused (Glimm , 2004 ,

. 1448 . Thus , she sends her older daughters to the Learning Center for underprivileged children . The author herself had dealt a lot with two women before writing the report and continues to visit their families nowadays

The female characters in the book are presented...

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