Obnoxious and constantly confrontational would be the best words to describe Julia the main character and narrator of this novel I don t think I really warmed up to her even after etting to know her better and learning some of the reasons for her attitude She is not an easy person to like that s it I ve known people like this in real world But it s not really a criticism of the novel Julia s personality clashes with her mother s are a major part of the story This is a story about meeting your parents expectations and breaking away from the culture your parents come from One of the stronger portrayals of immigrant experience in YA with a very vivid picture of life in Mexican community both in America and Mexico I learned so much about Mexican culture from this book It doesn t just mention that Julia is Mexican like some books tend to do it explains what makes her and her family Mexican It s very insightful and honestAs an immigrant myself Romania Canada I had no problem finding similarities between her family and mine Her parents immigrated to another country to have a better future as did my mother They want Julia to be well behaved and close to perfect because they know how hard the world can be At the same for Julia s parents family comes first whereas for my own education doesIn fact it was my first time hearing of people who believe that staying with one s parents instead of oing to a reat college is preferable In my mind education always comes first and one should do everything in their means to finish their studies But while Mexican and my own Romanian culture clash when it comes to this particular subject I nonetheless was interested in learning why exactly family comes before education in Mexican culture so I could understand better and refrain from judging them Unfortunately I could not connect with Julia because she is extremely confrontational She often mentions that she hates this and that and I have to admit I am not a fan of characters who complain at all times which she does By the end I enjoyed her chapters since she began to realize some things about herself and the people around her that changed the way she looked at her life and the world in The GI Bride generalI also prefer heroines who think first and actspeak second but if this is not something that irks you I am certain you will enjoy this much However even if Julia never stole my heart I could not stop reading this book I read it for the story culture and family tensions Well done Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin Olga is dead Olga the perfect daughter one who was both innocent and wore clothes that made her look ugly She died in a bus accident She was perfect She was the perfect daughter Now there is only Julia Who blames herself for her sisters death because her mother could have been picking up Olga that day except she was at Julia s school speaking to the principal about another one of Julia s suspensions Truth be told I didn t expect to like this because I m not I went into this book with the littlest of expectations not expecting to be as blown away as I was This is aripping raw story about the haunting nature of rief and absence about the importance of communicating and being open and about how the loss of a love one force you to find yourself I am shooketh I am wigless My crops have been burnt and I have no sustenance My heart is as broken as the spines of well worn paper backs Please read this book what an excellent way to start off 2018 Find all of my reviews at you follow me by now you should be well aware that my reaction to Dirtgate pretty much amounted to However I am a bitch who puts her money or library card where her mouth is and not only read and loved American Dirt but also 100% sought out ownvoices selections as well Can t say that I ve noticed many of the bandwagon jumpers practicing what they preach and blowing up the intertubes with posts actually discussing books they have read themselves but I digressI m not oing to bother reviewing this book or even iffing it up to the extreme like I usually do It has a 4 rating was a National Book Award nominee and there are thousands of other reviews I m simply oing to say that this is one of the best Young Adult books I ve ever read and I have never connected with a character like I did this one Her prickly personality was like reading a biography about myself LOL If I end up being an office lady who wears slacks and changes into white sneakers to walk home from the train I ll just jump off a skyscraper Preach Ratscalibur girl I mean I m totally a boring office lady but I refuse to embarrass myself with the skirtold lady tennies combo We may have come from different cultures socioeconomic backgrounds and had different skin colors but holy crap was Julia someone I could relate to I love aood coming of age story Combine that with a bunch of family stuff and that s what I call winner winner chicken dinner And then Happiness is a dandelion wisp floating through the air that I can t catch No matter how hard I try no matter how fast I run I just can t reach it Even when I think I The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, grasp it I open my hand and it s empty Oh lord this wasood Every Star and recommended to everyone from teens on up Okay there s no way I can leave without addressing one of the biiiiiiiiig complaints about American Dirt was that every trope was troped for tragiporn purposes and no clich was left untouched cough the uincea era cough Wellllllllll lemme just say that EVERYTHANG that happened in AD also happened in this one up to and including the party Oh internet trolls you are TERRIBLE at your job Everyone needs to read this book I ve never felt so connected to a character in my entire life Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestWhen I was really struggling with my depression as a young woman someone trying to comfort me actually said something to me that made me feel about a thousand times worse for a really long time She said that people with depression were deep sensitive caring people and that we cared too much about others and didn t spend enough time caring about ourselves It made me feel like trash because I didn t feel sensitive Perfect Mexican daughters do not o away to.
Ct Mexican daughter though she does well in school Let me breathe am Let me be me I d rather live in the streets than be a submissive Mexican wife who spends all day cooking and cleaning One big reason for her emotional turmoil known at the outset is that her sister Olga who had seemed that s the key the perfect Mexican daughter is killed by a truck Obviously this is hard on everyoneI want to say that I began reading this within 24 hours of swerving on my bike to avoid the back end of a semi failing to completely jump a curb hurling over the handlebars and face planting on a sidewalk thereafter spitting out blood and half a tooth I m basically fine thanks no broken bones with a temporary crown on that front tooth lost a lot of skin and blood but to read about someone dying by semi was a little unnerving to say the least But hey we re talking about a book here not me Sorry I ve always had trouble being happy but now it feels impossible She sees herself pretty clearly sometimes along the way It s easier to be pissed though If I stop being angry I m afraid I ll fall apart until I m just a warm mound of flesh on the floor Julia several years younger than Olga doesn t know her sister very well and what she thinks she knows is that Olga settling for being a receptionist is very conventional that is until Julia finds some surprisingly sexy underwear stashed in a secret place in Olga s room with a hotel keyWhat ensues is what amounts to a mystery investigation into the nature of human imperfection leading to these secrets Olga has kept In the process Julia has to rapple with what Olga s friend tells her about Olga and whether she should share this information with am and ap Maybe you re too young to understand Julia but sometimes people don t need the truth Julia also discovers secrets her am and ap have kept that help Julia understand and appreciate them And recall Julia also keeps secrets from her parents Julia hates secrets and lies but she isn t sure what to do about it But how do we live with these secrets locked within us How do we tie our shoes brush our hair drink coffee wash the dishes and A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent go to sleep pretending everything is fine How do we laugh and feel happiness despite the buried thingsrowing inside How can we do that day after day Julia has some My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA good experiences in spite of her trauma and self imposed alienation She reads She writes She has oneood friend then two and she secretly am would kill her if she knew dates an Evanston white and much wealthier boy she meets in a used bookstore So this is YA it s a coming of age story and this is all part of the process of Julia The Book of Leviathan growing up and becoming herself However before thingset better they Nine Ghosts get way complicated and much worse it s not until after things hit the nadir and she is sent to Mexico to visit family for a time that we finally see some realrowth In Mexico she rediscovers her family her culture herself As much as I et sick of eating Mexican food every single day of my life if heaven existed I know it would smell like fried tortillas This book deals with issues of rage depression anxiety suicide mixed raceclass relationships and is often pretty funny when Julia is being sarcastic but she is also caustic and blunt so there s a cringe factor to the humor at times I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is not a perfect book I want to see of her actual reading and reflection rather than just reporting about books one of the central dramatic turning points that happens to Julia isn t uite prepared for enough exactly imo but it is overall very ood and will be a hit among a lot of young people 25 rounded downI have to admit it took uite a while for me to شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى get into this one This isn t a particularly long read but is uite slow paced and YA than I was expecting I ll explain that laterThe story follows Julia s life in the aftermath of her older sister s sudden death at 22 not a spoiler it happens on the first page on the book Julia is a 15 year old Mexicanirl living in Chicago with her incredibly controlling parents It is apparent from an early stage that Julia has some kind of anger issues or at least I felt she did although perhaps this was just frustration and suffers from depression We stay with her right up until she The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) goes to university with a few weird time jumps in betweenI found it hard to find any likeable characters here except Julia s teacher and Iuess her relatives in Mexico and maybe Connor I warmed to Julia in the latter stages of the story but it took a long while I think the author does a Riding Hard good job conveying how a teenager feels when they have parents who are very restrictive but it wasn t a whole lot of fun to read aboutMoving on to the writing this would be a 2 star read for sure if I rated purely based on the writing It was written uite simplistically in a way that made me feel like it was aimed at younger readers think like 11 14 years old I m not saying children these ages need things dumbing down but like I said it felt very much like a YA book even though a lot of the themes suicide attempts sex are probably not suited to children of those agesOverall I don t think this is a book that will stick with me for long The most enjoyable parts to read were when Julia went to Mexico to stay with her relatives and had it not been for those sections and the characterplot development towards the end of the book I would have found this uite a dull read Not one I would particularly recommend to others but I don t massively regret picking it up I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a hilarious and striking contemporary novel following a young Mexican Americanirl after her sister has passed away She has to face the fact that her mother doesn t think she s Arabian Challenge good enough and her father who ignores her This novel follows the life of a teen living in Chicago as she deals with depression anxiety loss change and college applications Told in a witty and raw way this story kept my attention from the moment it began and left me wanting I related to this novel than I thought I would and it made me fall in love with this story even I related to how brash and blunt Julia was and her mixed. 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R caring I felt angry all the time mostly with myself but with others too I just despised myself slightly than I did the things and people around me I walked away from that person hating myself a little that day because it was like Oh reat so not only am I depressed selfish and hateful I m not even feeling depressed in the way that I m supposed toIt really messed me upAnd while it s true some people with depression are outwardly caring and compassionate it is also a condition that can make you incredibly self absorbed through no fault of your own I don t think enough people really talk about the different ways that depression can manifest Sometimes it s a deep feeling of despair that feels like persistent sadness Sometimes it s emptiness Sometimes it s anger Even though I understand why so many readers felt put off by Julia as a narrator for her snarkiness and her attitude and her explosive confrontational rages I actually related to her closely than I have related to any other YA character in a long time because the way she behaves is actually a lot like how I did as a teenager I can understand that if someone doesn t like themselves it can be hard to like them as a person Mental health disorders especially depression can be incredibly self centered When you feel bad inside it s really hard to muster the energy to care about others and Julia is so consumed with her pain that it does make her seem selfish but she s actually in desperate need of helpJulia has a lot on her plate Her perfect older sister just died and her parents are rieving Olga the sister always related to their parents better than Julia did Olga knew what her parents expected and was only too content to deliver Julia however doesn t subscribe to the traditional beliefs that her parents have brought with her from Mexico She doesn t like cooking and she doesn t want to Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students get married and she has a lot of thoughts about Catholicism and conservative values She wants too away far away to college and eventually become a writer The ILLERAMMA Kathalu gulf between her and her parents feels very wide and even though her parents try to demonstrate their love they do it in a way that Julia perceives as them ignoring her own wishes and desires and Julia with the dreadful self consuming weight of her own depression does not have the means or the will to breach theulfAnd sometimes the pressure of trying to fulfill so many expectations with the crushing threat of failure looming over her head just makes her feel like she s about to explodeThis is just such a American Literature Student Text great book on multiple levels The portrayal of depression as I said is incredibly relatable I loved that the author had Julia s depression manifest as anger because I think it shows how many teens acting out might do so because of hidden problems that aren t uite so obvious Meg Medina did something similar in YAUI DELGADO with the heroine retreating into herself and acting out because of the depression that bullying at school brought on I also really liked how the author wrote about Mexican culture and how there were parts of it Julia really loved and parts of it she tried to distance herself from and this becomes especially clear when Julia s parents send her to Mexico to make her feel better and Julia begins to uestion her own privilege and the way that she has misunderstood some of her parents intentions It reminded me a bit of the PATRON SAINT OF NOTHING where a characteroes to the Philippines and it cements his identity by making him aware of his roots while also making him realize how much he had to learn about his own culture from his biased perspective of it living in the United StatesThere are so many Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance great conversations and dialogues that are brought up in this book Sexual abuse Suicidal ideation Depression Pleasing and disappointing your parents Being the first in your family too to college Mental health Cultural identity Immigration Fear of deportation Family sacrifice Privilege Miscommunication The divides that can arise between enerations Family values Compromise Dating Socioeconomic status And just so much It s a mature young adult book that isn t afraid to tackle tough subjects with finesse and everything from Julia herself to the way mental health is discussed to the way Julia and her parents relate to their own culture and how their cultural identity was influenced and shaped by living in the United States as immigrants and how age and eneration influenced that shaping it was all so brilliant and the ending was satisfyingI did see some people complaining that there is a lot of Spanish in this book and yes there is Most of it you can probably uess from context though I ll admit to being biased I speak Spanish as a second language so I knew most of the words and the ones I didn t I was able to look up or uess I really liked it though I think it adds a lot of depth to the book and it sounds like the way people around me talk in real life Spanish speakers living in the US dip in and out of English and Spanish slipping back and forth depending on which word or phrase comes first and I really don t think the book would have felt so comfortably natural without all the Spanish words and phrases Some of them are actually uite cheeky or lewdly insulting so if you look up the words you may find yourself uite amusedI loved this book I wish it had come out when I was a teenager as I would have loved it then too5 stars 33120 Read for my spring 2020 Growing Up class now involved in a part online classOriginal review 82918 I wasn t sure what to expect in reading this south side Chicago story a first YA novel that has been very well reviewed and half way into it was not liking the first person narrator Julia who is sarcastic arrogant volatile and sometimes downright nasty which is to say she is one kind of teenager She doesn t play well with others She doesn t even like most people She is Mexican American or Hispanic Latinx but doesn t like Mexican music she listens to edgymainstream music She wants to Black Wings of Cthulhu get out of the city ando to school in NYC and be herself She s not etting along with her parents and especially with her am She is not your perfe. 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Erika L Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants A poet novelist and essayist her debut poetry collection Lessons on Expulsion was published by Graywolf in July 2017 and was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award Her debut young adult novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter published in October 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers is a New York Times Bestseller and a