Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Smile Now, Cry Later

The Los Angeles Review of Books reviews ‘Smile Now, Cry Later’ by Freddy Negrete and Steve Jones.

“It traces the story of a throbbing postwar Los Angeles sprawl, but also unpacks the unique drama of Negrete himself, the gangbanger-turned-artist…this book, Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos — My Life in Black and Gray (co-written with Steve Jones), tells the whole compelling tale…As I read this gripping memoir, I reflected on the fact that Negrete’s story is a communal one, both dashed and rebuilt with the help of others, and ultimately highlighting the power of Angelenos to believe in one another, to accept one another as we really are…In Freddy Negrete’s life, we see a truer image of Los Angeles’s past and present — a truer image of ourselves. Angelenos are finally learning to take care of their own.”

See full review here:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/black-and-gray-realism

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