Life is inherently unpredictable. The time we spend today and the way we behave today is a consequence of our past actions and deeds. Factors like the people we live with, the things we possess, and the surroundings in which we grow up definitely define our traits, our habits, and our perceptions and understandings of feelings like trust, faith, loyalty, and love. Imagine what would happen if that environment was surrounded by mafia, which is unimaginable to the average person. The ambience and the way things go there are so complicated for a common man who spends his life peacefully. The book “Snitches Get Stitches,” written by Anonymous Friend, who wishes to remain anonymous in order to spread the story and tell the world about growing up in a Mafia family, is about the author’s traumatic experiences throughout his life.
As the title suggests, snitches always get stitches. A deadly injury is expected to be met with a few stitches as a way of cure. This phrase does not just mean this. Like said earlier, everything in life has a consequence. In the same way, every snitch has to meet its stitch. It receives the repercussions in return some day. The author grew up in a family associated with the mafia and crime, and he certainly did not have a healthy childhood like the average child.The events and the incidents that took place have shaped the way he is now and taught him a lot of lessons at a very young age. Those are the lessons he should not have learnt at that age. Those are not the things a kid must witness, and it was at an age when he could not process them. Incidents like these are numerous and more traumatic and painful in his life. The anonymous writer realised that people should know what they are like and how they define the character of a man. That’s the main idea of the book “Snitches Get Stitches.”
The author says that loyalty is everything in a mafia crime family. There will be secrets, there will be setbacks, and there is a tendency for backstabbings all the time. Everyone is expected to follow the code and maintain secrecy. At times, they are expected to even bear the consequences but not betray the trust and faith. Omerta, the code of silence, is an important factor in mafia life that determines the trust and faith of a group member. But the consequences of following the code of Omerta are lethal, and the danger is real and unpredictable. It could come from anywhere, unannounced and all of a sudden, out of the blue. The book is a collection of such heartfelt poems that they deserve to reach people from all corners of the world. It insists the reader take a deep plunge into the world of trauma, hate, love, fear, loyalty and betrayal. Emotions are complex to digest and things work, especially here when emotions are left aside. These experiences, filled with moving essence, even possess the capability to turn a man’s life upside down and can even shape a man’s character.
In talking about the book “Snitches Get Stitches”, the author says that this is an outcome of the idea that his story needs to reach out to the world. It is expected to give readers a sneak peek into the author’s family and what his personal experiences were. The author has gone through a lot of heart wrenching moments and got caught up and got lost in that lifestyle. He had to digest and accept many hard truths and went through family betrayals and a raid, but not even a single hurdle broke him down. He wishes that this story of “Snitches Get Stitches” gives people hope and strengthens their belief that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.