Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Mercy on These Teenage Chimps by Gary Soto

I, Ronald Gonzalez, better known as Ronnie, was like any other boy until I turned thirteen and woke up as a chimpanzee. (1)

Thirteen year olds Ronnie and Joey feel like their chimpanzees (completely different than monkeys) as they encounter growth spurts, long dangling arms, and *sniff* really bad smells. But as much as they joke about it, they don't take kindly to Joey's old wrestling coach calling him a monkey and yelling at him in front of his new crush, Jessica. Joey figures that if everyone thinks he's a monkey, he might as well live in a tree, which he promptly climbs and refuses to leave. Ronnie is convinced that if he convinces Jessica to visit Joey, he might come out of the tree. Gary Soto tells the story of mislead love and how to fall off roofs in Mercy on These Teenage Chimps.


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