Always Running

by

Luis J. Rodriguez

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Viviana is a beautiful young woman with whom Luis Rodriguez has a passionate but confusing relationship. Luis first meets Viviana at a parade, where he’s dismayed to learn that she’s affiliated with a rival gang. Nevertheless, Luis and Viviana strike up a relatively secret romance. Though Viviana breaks off their relationship, Luis and Viviana get back together two years later, albeit briefly. Viviana is shown to be a calming influence on Luis’s life, and the simple fact that Luis pursues a relationship with her shows that he’s beginning to question the artificial barriers caused by gang warfare.

Viviana Quotes in Always Running

The Always Running quotes below are all either spoken by Viviana or refer to Viviana. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Always Running published in 2005.
Chapter 4 Quotes

I felt torn. There I was, a vato from Lomas staring into the eyes of a Sangra girl. This made me a traitor. But at the same time, all I could think about was her touch, her scent — those eyes.

Related Characters: Luis Rodriguez (speaker), Viviana
Page Number: 94
Explanation and Analysis:
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Viviana Character Timeline in Always Running

The timeline below shows where the character Viviana appears in Always Running. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Race, Racism, and Class Theme Icon
Politics, Resistance, and Activism Theme Icon
...is hanging out with his friends, he crosses paths with a beautiful young woman named Viviana.  The two flirt and agree to ride a Ferris wheel together. (full context)
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
Machismo Theme Icon
...start to leaving the carnival area—the only people left are cops and rival gang members. Viviana confesses to Luis that she hates Los Angeles gang culture. Noticing that some of the... (full context)
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
Machismo Theme Icon
Viviana and Luis walk toward a school building and climb onto the roof together. Suddenly, Luis... (full context)
Chapter 7
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
Machismo Theme Icon
Politics, Resistance, and Activism Theme Icon
...prison, Luis attends a dance at the local church. At the dance, Luis runs into Viviana, the woman he met two years ago at the carnival. They haven’t seen each other... (full context)
Machismo Theme Icon
Coming of Age and Mentorship Theme Icon
In the following weeks, Luis and Viviana spend lots of time together. Luis feels that Viviana teaches him “poetry” just through her... (full context)
Machismo Theme Icon
Coming of Age and Mentorship Theme Icon
Afterwards, Viviana stops returning Luis’s calls. He tries to see her, but she won’t even answer her... (full context)
Chapter 8
Coming of Age and Mentorship Theme Icon
...open up and start talking about music and women. Luis learns that Night Owl knows Viviana, who he claims messed around with a guy on her porch while her brothers watched.... (full context)