I'm currently reading Crazy Loco by David Rice in my Mexican-American Literature class. Before this class, I had never read or heard of this book. My roommate told me that I would love this book so I gave it a chance.
I am completely in love with this book. Unlike other Hispanic books (like House on Mango), Crazy Loco is a book that I could relate to a lot. The best thing about this book is that it is all short stories. That means that you will never get bored of the same characters and the same plots.
The only bad thing about the book is that only one chapter is in the view of a Latina. Every other story is in the view of a boy. Don't let that stop you from trying to get it. Since the book is mostly about kids living in the Rio Grande Valley (the Southern part of Texas), lots of Hispanic readers will be able to relate and understand the author's humor.
Some of the stories are about a dog that leaves to California, two brothers getting revenge on their California cousins a girl who cannot go to college and about a boy and his grandfather.
I've also had the chance to meet David Rice in person. He's not exactly a normal person. He's very outspoken, but very passionate about his Hispanic heritage. Every story is about something that had occurred in his life.
Latinitas, please try to find this book in your public library! You will love it and enjoy it very much! Trust me!