What do Mikey Cortez, Lisa Torres, Ana Hernandez, Letty Rodiguez, and Rebecca Martinez all have in common? They are just a small selection of the Latino teen characters in Gary Soto’s new short story collection Facts of Life: Stories (2008), who face the realities of growing up. Soto captures his audience with his ten tales of these teenagers who most adolescent readers easily connect with. These adolescents encounter many of the same struggles teenagers face across the world: annoying siblings, overbearing parents, first loves, and adventure.
By: Gary Soto