The memoir, Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A., describing the experiences of author Luis J. Rodriguez during his Teen years, offers a highly personal and eloquent account of street gang society and culture. His candid recounting of what lead him to join and live the life of a gang member illustrates the social stresses on poor, immigrant families and the subculture that rises from their experience. The description of gang life comes from the heart and soul of his experience and reveals the mind of a teenager who lived a very tenuous life. However, the author’s story is also one of hope, holding on to his ideals and looking ahead to the future. It is, in some respects, a coming of age story where a positive alternative is discovered and pursued. This book has a powerful message and should be read by everyone concerned with the plight of urban youth.