Jacob is a Mexican-American teen growing up without his dad. He grew up in West L.A. around black kids and he doesn't speak much Spanish.His best friend is Jamaican. Jacob moves to Huntington Park where the population is 99% Latino. He meets a girl named Melody that he falls in love with. He wants to make his mom proud by graduating from High School, but after a confrontation with the local gang he doesn't even know if he'll survive the weekend. Enter Trigger, a 23 year old gangster who agrees to help Jacob with his problem. After a series of betrayals, Jacob a.k.a. Mr. Clean finds himself in the heart of gang-life: drinking, doing drugs, and fighting. In an emotional moment he must choose between the Mexican gang he pledged his allegiance to and his black best friend that's always been there for him. Will Jacob find his way back to a normal life or will he forever be Mr. Clean in the Barrio?
Used availability for David Bueno-Hill's Mr. Clean and the Barrio
May 2008 : USA Paperback
May 2008 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition