I have to say I am a huge procrastinator. As finals week approaches I have been going through Netflix TV shows like no other. There are TV shows that I liked and didn’t like. One that is now one of my favorites is On My Block. It is about four teenagers, Monse, Cesar, Ruby, and Jamal, coming into their freshman year of high school. Everyone one of us knows that everyone has problems in high school, although these kids’ problems are the worst I’ve ever heard of. This is one of the main elements that I found in this show; diversity in problems. The other main element is race.
Monse is fifteen year old African American female who is having problems with her love life. When she went away to camp for the summer Cesar told his brother and gang members that he slept with Monse. Even though it turns out to be true, Monse is angry because they agreed not to tell anyone. Cesar offends her and she gets super upset, but he comes to apologize later and they sleep together again. They both come to the conclusion that they want to be together, but Monse says they can’t tell their friends because it would ruin everyone’s relationships since they are like a family.
Cesar is a fifteen year old Latino male who is having problems with his brother. His brother is the leader of a gang and he wants Cesar to join. Cesar doesn’t want to get mixed up in that because he has big dreams. He is bound to be part of it, though, because his whole family is in it.
Ruby is a fifteen year old Latino male who is having problems with his family. His brother went to college, so he finally gets to have his own room. Four hours later he learns that he has to share a room with his grandmother. Later on, he gets his own room again then thirty minutes later he has to share his room with his brother and sister. He also has to wear a dress his grandmother is making. He is tired of not having his own space.
Jamal is a fifteen year old African American male who is having problems with his sense of adventure as well as his parents. He is looking for buried treasure and follows a treasure map all over town. He never gives up even though things aren’t looking good. Then, his parents are big on him playing football. Jamal is scared of being hurt, so he quits the team. He doesn’t tell his parents because he is afraid they will get mad. Instead, he comes home with faked injuries every so often.
On My Block is a really great TV show, especially if you like drama.