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The White Boy Confessions is the powerful autobiography of Marcus Valdespino and deals with gang life and violence in San Antonio and such controversial subjects as race relations, poverty, and interracial crime. The first 29 years of Valdespino’s was compelling and tragic. He witnessed his father’s drug dealing to high profile people and Marcus, unfortunately followed in his footsteps. Valdespino’s story shows the worst of humanity and is chilling in its depiction of sex and violence and heartfelt, poignant and sad in its betrayal of the rite of passage of a young person growing up in this world.
The White Boys Confessions is also extremely powerful in its social and political commentary. There are several layers of the story contained within it that are both frightening and humorous.
All of Valdespino’s story – the bad and the ugly – is in The White Boy Confessions. It is a story of not just survival but also redemption.