N 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 ne kind f teenager She doesn t play well with thers She doesn t even like most people She is Mexican American Unbound or Hispanic Latinx but doesn t like Mexican music she listens to edgymainstream music She wants to getut An Extreme Modification (Milked by Royalty, of the city and go to school in NYC and be herself She s not getting along with her parents and especially with her am She is not your perfect 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 theutset 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 Feminized Sissy Justice, A Forced Feminization Sissy Story on everyoneI want to say that I began reading this within 24 hoursf swerving Everlost (Skinjacker, on my bike to avoid the back endf a semi failing to completely jump a curb hurling The Lennon Prophecy over the handlebars and face plantingn a sidewalk thereafter spitting Japonia w sześciu smakach out blood and half a tooth I m basically fine thanks no broken bones with a temporary crownn that front tooth lost a lot Aqidah Islam 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 moundf flesh Tank! 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 naturef human imperfection leading to these secrets Olga has kept In the process Julia has to grapple 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 Geek Feminist Revolution our shoes brushur hair drink coffee wash the dishes and go to sleep pretending everything is fine How do we laugh and feel happiness despite the buried things growing inside How can we do that day after day Julia has some good experiences in spite Lucky Luciano of her trauma and self imposed alienation She reads She writes She hasne good 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 A Reader& of age story and this is all partf the process f Julia growing up and becoming herself However before things get better they 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 #visit family for time that we finally see some real growth In Mexico she rediscovers her family her culture herself As much as #I Get Sick Of Eating #get sick f eating food every single day Churchill of my life if heaven existed I know it would smell like fried tortillas This book deals with issuesf rage depression anxiety suicide mixed raceclass relationships and is Euripides Fabulae: Vol. II: (Sup., El., Her., Tro., Iph.Tau., Ion): 2 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 seef her actual reading and reflection rather than just reporting about books Jean-Paul Sartre onef the central dramatic turning points that happens to Julia isn t uite prepared for enough exactly imo but it is verall very good and will be a hit among a lot f young people Olga is dead Olga the perfect daughter In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, 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 isnly 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 How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper onef Julia s suspensions Truth be told I didn t expect to like this because I m not Mexican and these type Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, of rebellious teen books Not for me However this book literally pulled me in and did not let go It s a book about coming in terms with who you are what you re madef and breaching the borders It s wonderful This technically isn t a spoiler as it becomes uite Bambi and Me obvious earliern but I will make it anyway view spoiler there was an excellent mental health rep I could feel the depression crawling into Julia and so understood her Despite no experience with it I thought the rep was done extremely well hide spoiler 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 Pocahontas others and didn t spend enough time caring abouturselves It made me feel like trash because I didn t feel sensitive Bala Santa or caring I felt angry all the time mostly with myself but withthers 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 great so not Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies 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 areutwardly caring and compassionate it is also a condition that can make you incredibly self absorbed through no fault Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack of yourwn I don t think enough people really talk about the different ways that depression can manifest Sometimes it s a deep feeling The Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I, of despair that feels College And they do not moveut f their. .
Ike persistent sadness Sometimes it s emptiness Sometimes it s anger Even though I understand why so many readers felt put ff 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 ther 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 thers and Julia is so consumed with her pain that it does make her seem selfish but she s actually in desperate need Pelnrušķis un trollis of helpJulia has a lotn her plate Her perfect Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) older sister just died and her parents are grieving Olga the sister always related to their parents better than Julia did Olga knew what her parents expected and wasnly 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 get married and she has a lot O Mistério do Infante Santo of thoughts about Catholicism and conservative values She wants to go away far away to college and eventually become a writer The 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 herwn wishes and desires and Julia with the dreadful self consuming weight Disgrace (Department Q, of herwn depression does not have the means Monsoon or the will to breach the gulfAnd sometimes the pressuref trying to fulfill so many expectations with the crushing threat Slice by Slice of failure loomingver her head just makes her feel like she s about to explodeThis is just such a great book Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) on multiple levels The portrayalf 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 Ice Maiden out might do so becausef hidden problems that aren t uite so Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle obvious Meg Medina did something similar in YAUI DELGADO with the heroine retreating into herself and actingut because Seducing the Heiress of the depression that bullying at school broughtn I also really liked how the author wrote about Mexican culture and how there were parts And Cowboy Makes Three of it Julia really loved and partsf 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 Teasing Her SEAL own privilege and the way that she has misunderstood somef her parents intentions It reminded me a bit Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, of the PATRON SAINT OF NOTHING where a character goes to the Philippines and it cements his identity by making him awaref his roots while also making him realize how much he had to learn about his A Valentines Wish own culture from his biased perspectivef it living in the United StatesThere are so many 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 to go to college Mental health Cultural identity Immigration Fear f deportation Family sacrifice Privilege Miscommunication The divides that can arise between generations 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 #that isn t afraid to tackle tough subjects with finesse and everything from Julia herself the way mental health is discussed to the way Julia and her parents relate to their wn culture and how their cultural identity was influenced and shaped by living in the United States as immigrants and how age and generation "influenced that shaping it was all so brilliant and the ending was "that shaping it was all so
"brilliant and the ending was did see some people complaining that "and the ending was did see some people complaining that is a lot Rain of Spanish in this book and yes there is Mostf it you can probably guess from context though I ll admit to being biased I speak Spanish as a second language so I knew most In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover of the words and thenes I didn t I was able to look up I Met Someone or guess I really liked it though I think it adds a lotf 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 Quantum (Captain Chase outf English and Spanish slipping back and forth depending The Other Islam on which wordr 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 Last Man Standing of them are actually uite cheekyr lewdly insulting so if you look up the words you may find yourself uite amusedI loved this book I wish it had come Light, Gesture, and Color out when I was a teenager as I would have loved it then too5 stars 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 mywn education doesIn fact it was my first time hearing Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other Essays from the Vault of people who believe that staying withne s parents instead f going to a great college is preferable In my mind education always comes first and ne should do everything in their means to finish their studies But while Mexican and my Canada own Romanian Everyone needs to read this book I ve never felt so connected to a character in my entire life Obnoxious and constantly confrontational would be the best words to describe Julia the main character and narratorf this novel I don t think I really warmed up to her even after getting to know her better and learning some f 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 f the novel Julia s personality clashes with her mother s are a major part Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, of the story This is a story about meeting your parents expectations and breaking away from the culture your parents come from Onef the stronger portrayals DogFace of immigrant experience in YA with a very vivid picturef life in Mexican community both in America and Mexic. Parents’ house after high school graduati. ,
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I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a hilarious and striking contemporary novel following a young Mexican American girl after her sister has passed away She has to face the fact that her mother doesn t think she s good enough and her father who ignores her This novel follows the life What You Owe Me 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 feelings about her family I related to her mental illnesses which were portrayed so well without sugar coating it The relationships she had with her friends teachers and family were so well written and natural in a way that made the characters come to life for me I also really enjoyed the fact that Julia wanted to be a writer so there are endless literary references scattered in the storyline At the startf this novel Julia is a crude and judgemental girl who is angry with her family and the world she lives in But as she grows and learns from her mistakes she gains confidence and chases her dreams and learns to speak ut about her mental illnesses The growth f Julia s character is the strongest component f this story and I appreciated how much she changed and grew mature This contemporary novel was so well written with the Latinx elements thrown in There was Spanish dialogue and it wasn t italicized to the familial elements that pushed the storyline forward It was an enjoyable diverse contemporary novel and I highly recommend it to young Latinx readers because they will see themselves mirrored in this story in some way Find all f 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 r library card where her mouth is and not nly read and loved American Dirt but also 100% sought Shining City outwnvoices selections as well Can t say that I ve noticed many Blind Spots 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 going to bother reviewing this bookr even giffing it up to the extreme like I usually do It has a 4 rating was a National Book Award nominee and there are thousands A Boy and A Bear in a Boat ofther reviews I m simply going to say that this is SOS onef the best Young Adult books I ve ever read and I have never connected with a character like I did this St. Johns Wort one Her prickly personality was like reading a biography about myself LOL If I end up being anffice lady who wears slacks and changes into white sneakers to walk home from the train I ll just jump The Roman Family off a skyscraper Preach girl I mean I m totally a boringffice 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 a good coming Hirvenmetsästäjä of age story Combine that with a bunchf 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 grasp it I Hollywood Walk of Fame: 2000 Sensational Stars, Star Makers and Legends open my hand and it s empty Oh lord this was good Every Star and recommended to everyone from teensn up Okay there s no way I can leave without addressing A Christmas Miscellany onef 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 thisjust say that EVERYTHANG that happened in AD also happened in this up to and including the party Oh internet trolls you are TERRIBLE at your job 25 rounded downI have to admit it took uite a while for me to get into this Too Bad to Die 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 aftermathf her OXENBOXEN older sister s sudden death at 22 not a spoiler it happensn the first page Resist (Wicked Ways Book 1) on the book Julia is a 15 yearld Mexican girl living in Chicago with her incredibly controlling parents It is apparent from an early stage that Julia has some kind f anger issues r at least I felt she did although perhaps this was just frustration and suffers from depression We stay with her right up until she 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 I guess her relatives in Mexico and maybe Connor I warmed to Julia in the latter stages f the story but it took a long while I think the author does a good job conveying how a teenager feels when they have parents who are very restrictive but it wasn t a whole lot f fun to read aboutMoving Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, on to the writing this would be a 2 star read for sure if I rated purely basedn 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 The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, 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 lotf the themes suicide attempts sex are probably not suited to children Reasoning and the Logic of Things 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 endf the book I would have found this uite a dull read Not The Holcroft Covenant / The Rhinemann Exchange one I would particularly recommend tothers but I don t massively regret picking it up went into this book with the #littlest f expectations not expecting be as #of expectations not expecting to be as away as I was This is a gripping raw story about the haunting nature f grief and absence about the importance The Queens Assassin (Queens Secret, of communicating and beingpen and about how the loss Space Calculated in Seconds of a lovene 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 Lightning of well worn paper backs Please read this book what an excellent way to startff 2018 33120 Read for my spring 2020 Growing Up class now involved in a part nline classOriginal review 82918 I was. Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to.