“I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” debuted last year in October and quickly made it to the New York Times Best Sellers List for Young Adult Hardcover books.
Since then writer and poet Erika L. Sanchez’ debut novel is garnering critical acclaim and new fans. The novel for young teens has also been honored as a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
So if you have not heard of the book, have not read it or need something to give to your teen this year this is the book and this is the time to do so.
With so much negative rhetoric around the undocumented this book is a must read. With the label “immigrant” under siege this book is a must read. But most of all this is a must read because it is beautiful American story of teen angst enveloped in the immigrant, undocumented experience in America. The Christian Science Monitor calls the book “authentic and deeply moving” and it is on many Recommended Read lists for teens aged 14-to-17-years-old.
Teens need to meet Julia Reyes, an all American girl full of angst, anger and resentment especially since she can’t measure up to her older, perfect sister Olga. The book deals aptly with dark subjects of poverty, drug abuse, sex and suicide. Yes this isn’t a fairy tail teen existence – because it deals with the real world.
The 15-year-old Reyes is poor and living in Chicago with her undocumented parents, realities that threaten her dream to go to college. It is refreshing to see that the families immigration reality does not dampen her outspoken voice and staunch feminism. It is only after the tragic death of “The Perfect Mexican Daughter” Olga that Reyes is free to find out who her sister really is, to experience her first love and become more comfortable in her unique American experience.
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