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Eddie, the main character, is struggling to survive in the barrio of Fresno, California, where he's constantly encouraged by friends and family to do things he doesn't want to do or shouldn't do, such as guns and drugs. He doesn't want to end up like his father, his cousin, and his best friend who all died. Throughout the book, it becomes more difficult for Eddie to try and live his own life, and he finally realizes he has to leave the barrio in order to do this. This is the main conflict that Eddie must face in the book.
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