A Latin Queen tells her story for the first time
A former member of the violent Latin Kings street gang, Reymundo Sanchez brings his hard-earned experience and insight to bear on the issue of young women in gangs, tracing the heartbreaking transformation of a bright young girl named Sonia Rodriguez--who tried desperately to avoid the drugs, violence, and gang members that infested her family and neighborhood--into the ruthless and powerful Latin Queen leader known as “Lady Q.” From throwing punches and running drugs to getting shot at and doing time in prison, Lady Q follows the same dangerous, dead-end road as so many young men in gangs, until she realizes that saving herself and her children means changing course before it’s too late.
"A viciously candid, self-deprecating memoir." —Chicago magazine
"An oftentimes painful, close-up look at the blow-by-blow evolution of a female gang leader. . . reveals the fear, despair, and longing inside a seeming heart of stone." —Gini Sikes, author, 8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the World of Girl Gangs
"A brutal, chilling firsthand account of how a young person who is raised without positive family values will reach out to a gang to find a support system and a substitute family." —Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State and founder, the Jesse White Tumblers, an anti-gang and -drug program