Advanced Praise for Throw

"Ruben Degollado joins the list of honored writers exploring this ancient and mythic Texas land. His novel shimmers and burns with extraordinary light. I can hear the people talking in my dreams."

--Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels

"Throw completely transported me back to the 1990s Rio Grande Valley and the critical turning points in a teenager's life. In his unforgettable protagonist, Güero, Rubén Degollado beautifully depicts the many-layered beings we all are: vulnerable and tender-hearted beneath a hard exterior as we navigate a world of love, family, and friendships--all in hopes of finding a place to belong."

-- Natalia Sylvester, author of Everyone Knows You Go Home and Chasing the Sun

"There are books written with the mind and books written with the heart. Throw by Ruben Degollado is written with both. It's not just that you see a familiar reality presented intensely, accurately, la pura verdad, the way you know it really is. It is also that you see it, finally, the way it should be seen, the way it should be understood and loved, by all."

--Francisco X. Stork, author of Disappeared

"Ruben Degollado's debut young adult novel Throw . . . captures many of the obstacles young men and women face growing up: gangs, alcoholism, broken homes, the need to be loved; at the same time, Throw lifts the spirit, reminding us of the importance of forgiveness, acceptance, and letting go. . . . The tale of La Llorona, her love, loss, and inability to forgive, is a part of the Mexican-American experience and Degollado's fresh take on an abuelita's cautionary tale captures its essence and spins it with a modern perspective for future generations to enjoy."

--Malin Alegria, author of Estrella's Quinceanera

"I have waited, literally, a decade or more to see this book in print. Here it is . . . I am not alone any more. Degollado has done what only a handful in my beautiful Rio Grande Valley of South Texas have done: captured it in its full glory and grit to share it with the world: among them, Americo Paredes, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Narciso Martinez, Freddy Fender, and Genaro Gonzalez. Now, Ruben Degollado."

--Dr. Rene Saldana, author and professor, Texas Tech University

KBOO Tejano Radio Interview

In this interview, conducted in both Spanish and English, Rubén speaks with radio host Armando Puentes about Throw, his inspiration for the book, his favorite authors and music, and his experience as a child who loved to write. 

The interview starts at about the 24:30 minute mark, but the rest of the radio show is well worth your listen!

Listen HERE.

Francisco Stork Endorses Throw

“There are books written with the mind and books written with the heart. Throw by Rubén Degollado is written with both. It’s not just that you see a familiar reality presented intensely, accurately, la pura verdad, the way you know it really is. It is also that you see it, finally, the way it should be seen, the way it should be understood and loved, by all.”

- Francisco X. Stork, Author of Disappeared

Rubén Visits Local School

Rubén was honored to be able to appear as the featured author at Brown Middle School’s literacy night in December. He read an excerpt from THROW and talked to students about reading and writing.

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René Saldaña Endorses Throw

“I have waited, literally, a decade or more to see this book in print. Here it is…I am not alone any more. Degollado has done what only a handful in my beautiful Río Grande Valley of South Texas have done: captured it in its full glory and grit to share it with the world: among them, Américo Paredes, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Narciso Martínez, Freddy Fender, and Genaro González. Now, Rubén Degollado.”

-Dr. René Saladaña, Author of A Good Long Way