This is a young man whose life includes poverty, different ethnicities, and exposure to the seedy side of life.
Even though the narrator is still in high school, he presents himself as experienced with all kinds of girls. As he talks about his involvements, it becomes apparent that he probably has had few if any actual sexual encounters.
An adult speaker would not be accepted in the same way.
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She’ll say, I like Spanish guys, and even though you’ve never been to Spain, say, I like you. Although he is just in high school, the narrator presents himself as an experienced man of the world: one who knows how to manipulate different kinds of young women as well as their parents.
Readers will find much of what he says to be humorous and his advice on how to be “smooth” ironic. He does not understand that manipulation is not the way to create a relationship with anyone. Many of his comments hinge on stereotypes or preconceived notions about a characteristic that some group possesses.
The situational irony becomes funny when he describes the girl in bed taking out her gum and putting it on the plastic sheet for later use. The real trick is to tell the girls that he loves their lips, skin, and hair more than he loves his own. The theme of the story comes from the narrator’s lack of understanding in the actual relationships between girls and boys. The satirical treatment of the boy’s outlook on the feminine gender can be misconstrued as offensive.
The point of the story is not to debase girls but to humorously point out the lack of understanding by boys concerning girls and their personalities. He can portray the stereotypical talk and not be taken seriously.
You’ve already told them that you were feeling too sick to go to Union City to visit that tía who likes to squeeze your nuts. If she’s a halfie don’t be surprised that her mother is the white one. She’ll say, Hi, and you’ll see that you don’t scare her, not really. A local girl won’t need stories about the neighborhood, but the others might. Sip some of the Bermudez your father left in the cabinet, which nobody touches. A local girl will have hips and a nice ass but won’t be quick about letting you touch her. Or she might, if she’s reckless, give it up, but that’s rare. In the bathroom, she’ll hum a song from the radio and her waist will keep the beat against the lip of the sink.
It is ironic that he is probably anything but smooth even though he gives advice about making the “moves” to draw a girl into a sexual event.
Tell her that you love her hair, that you love her skin, her lips…because in truth that you love them more than you love your own.
When Yunior is 8 years old, his mother sends him and his older brother, Rafa to live with their uncle for the summer.
During this time they are allowed to do as they please. since the writer doesn’t list Ysrael in the “characters” section, I could not double check this.