Education Consultants www.educonsultants.net Proven Solutions from Experts Summary Example for La Bamba: Have you ever been afraid to do something but you did it anyway? I just read a story called La Bamba by Gary Soto that was about a boy who wanted to be noticed, so he volunteered to be in the student talent show, even though it scared him. His name was Manuel and the story takes place at his school. Manuel volunteered to be in the talent show because he “yearned for the limelight” and he “wanted to impress the girls.” He decided to perform a lip sync to “La Bamba.” He was very nervous about it. When he went to rehearsals the record player broke and he also dropped the record: little did he know that it had scratched in the fall. At the talent show Manuel watched the other acts and was so nervous he was “shivering with fear.” The time came for his performance and it all started off okay until the scratch in the record made it skip. The same words went over and over again. He sang them over and over again until Mr. Roybal took the record off. Manuel had to bow and get off the stage. He thought it was a disaster When it was all over Manuel realized that the crowd really did love him. He got many pats on the back and everyone was paying attention to him. He decided that he was glad it was over and that next year he would probably not volunteer again.