I Am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter

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Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed
Publisher: New York, NY : Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524700485
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 06, 2017

There is no shortage of teenage angst and other various YA tropes in this novel. However, between the episodes of attitude and anger we get little glimpses of the sweet, creative and sensitive girl that Julia is. It was enough to keep me reading and I felt somewhat satisfied with the way things resolved. For me, the real appeal of this story was the way it highlighted certain aspects of Mexican culture which I found both interesting and endearing. Knowing that I am not the target market for this book, I would like to say that I would recommend this to a teen, especially a younger one. I think it could be a powerful reading experience for the right reader.

Oct 13, 2017

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican American Daughter proved to be a little different that what I expected, but I still found it enjoyable and a read I'd like to discuss with someone.

Julia is grieving the loss of her sister who has died unexpectedly after an accident. She is a first generation Mexican American and feels it difficult to pull away from her mother. Part of that is because her mother is strict, trying to maintain part of their Mexican ways.And part is because after losing one daughter, she is overprotecting her other daughter.

It's hard to know at first if what Julia feels is the normal sadness one feels when grieving, but it becomes apparent as the story progresses that Julia is depressed.

This book is definitely for older (10th grade-ish) readers, and adults will find themselves enjoying it as well. I appreciated the representation of Latino characters in literature, the way their culture is depicted. I also like that Sanchez tackled the issue of mental health and how depression may affect someone.

I found myself intrigued by Julia's quest to find out more about her sister Olga after her death. Sanchez does a great job of exploring the idea of how little we really know about each other and how many things about someone might be left unknown.


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