Parrot in the Oven a novel written by Victor Martinez, talks about the life of Manny Hernandez who lives a tough life. Manny has a jobless and drunk father. An older brother named Nardo who who never could find the right job for himself. A mother who cared about him and wanted father to find a job. An older sister named Magda and a younger one named Pedi. Then there are some other characters such as the Garcia brothers, grandma and Frankie. This story's main setting took place in the projects where Manny and his family live. Other settings include the school, the hospital, and grandma's house.
Manny's goal in this story is to gain respect however he falls in the company of the wrong people and joins a gang. Manny realizes that this gang leads him through nothing but trouble. Other than respect Manny's desire was to have a baseball glove of his own so he works at the Chilli field to help himself save up money.
Now throghout this story there were many major events such as how father wanted to kill mother, how Magda was miscarriaged, and how the gang almost got Manny in trouble towards the end of this story. This story was a fiction book which I gave a four out of five. The reason for this was that it was very interesting with a great storyline however whenever an interesting part came up such as how father chased mom with a gun they didn't really explain the part good and ended moving right away to another topic which made the book kind of boring to some extent. Overall I thought this book was a really good book and I would recommend it to anyone.
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