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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter | Erikca L. Snchez
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kaykay521
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this book. I‘ve read other reviews of people who were annoyed by Julia, but I for one empathized and related to her. Even though I‘m not a Mexican and my parents aren‘t immigrants. I guess I just related to her desire to see more of the world, expand her horizons and not settle for mediocre. Also really loved how the novel tackled mental health issues.

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“Olga was as meek and fragile as a baby bird“

._braceface._janiya I like this quote because it shows a lot of dialogue and Julia is comparing her sister to a baby bird. 5d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I missed the prompt yesterday!! Work!! I love hot cocoa!!
😋☕️

#Favoritefallbeverage
#Fallisbooked

The awesome Halloween cat plate came from my mother! I think about Hilly, Igor, and Froedrick when I look at it 😽😽😽 even though they don‘t resemble these cats 🐈

My beautiful book from @Mitch ❤️😘

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻😋🧡 4w
AmyG Hahahaha. My first thought was....who gave you a cat plate? 😘 (edited) 4w
Soubhiville Aw, you have Litsy cat friends 💕. That‘s sweet. 4w
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Soubhiville Also, that‘s a great book! And I love your owl mug. 💜 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG haha! I got it when we cleaned her house up! (edited) 4w
Mitch I love that - Litsy cats finding friends across the internet! 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mitch books and cats!!! 📚🐈❤️ 4w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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@Mitch thank you so much for my birthday surprise!!! This beauty has been on my list for a while! I may start it tonight because I‘m not feeling Before She Knew Him...

Thanks again so very much ❤️😘

IvoryLunatic One of my fave YA books! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @IvoryLunatic yay!!! 🎉🎊💗 2mo
Foxtails915 Been dying to read this one. That cover 😍 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Foxtails915 it‘s beautiful!! And me too!! ❤️ 2mo
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beautifulcrevice
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"ᘜᗴT ᑌᑭ, ᕼᑌᗴᐯOᑎᗩ!" ? I am so here for the angsty teen narrative. I. CAN. RELATE. #yesplease #huevonasunite?#iamnotyourperfectmexicandaughter

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Skyrimir
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The first page was a shocker! This seems like it‘s going to be really good. Sad, but good.

vonnie862 I have this book on my TBR but I don't think I'm ready to read the heartwrenching story yet. 2mo
That-Bookish-Hiker I loved this book! Hope you enjoy it. 2mo
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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

The coming of age story of a girl grappling with living the life she wants to live versus the life her parents want her to live, all while coming to terms with her sister's death and posthumously learning her sister wasn't who she thought she was. A good listen but nothing amazing.

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Eggs
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Setting: #Chicago, where the Midwest can be viewed from the top of the Hancock Tower

#letstravelaugust

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊 3mo
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makeitsunshine
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Pickpick

So this is the first book I‘ve read the whole way though in a long, long time. That I also actually enjoyed and didn‘t stop reading. I connected very much with the main character, Julia. I‘m glad I read this and would recommend it to anyone interested in life transitions, mental health, young adult life, and Mexican culture.

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saltwaterlit
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Hey 👋🏻 long time no post. Yesterday I finished grad school! And today I‘m getting my oil changed. Here‘s what I‘m reading.

MelissaSue81 Yay for finishing grad school!! I hate oil changes and stuff but they do allow for some good reading time 3mo
saltwaterlit @MelissaSue81 definitely!! It‘s not fun but I like being forced to sit and read for a bit 😂 3mo
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arlenefinnigan
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squirrelbrain Good one! ♥️👍😁 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of #LitsyLove for this book 3mo
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rigo.padilla
Pickpick

A mandatory read for anyone that is looking to read about a story of self/coming of age/first generation immigrant experience. #Chicago #HigherEd #Mexican #immigration

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CoffeeNBooks
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#LetsTravelJuly Julia is sent to #Mexico to stay with her grandparents for awhile.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🇲🇽💗📚 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🇲🇽 4mo
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IvoryLunatic
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This book is for the 30 hr challenge for #24in48 #readathon and is a book that I think about and recommend often because it is very personal. I originally bought it because I am marrying into a Mexican family but it has stayed with me because of my personal struggles with depression.

ChristinasBookChronicles I need to read this one! 4mo
IvoryLunatic @ChristinasBookChronicles I really enjoyed this one, especially after reading The Hate U Give and Piecing Me Together. 4mo
ChristinasBookChronicles @IvoryLunatic I want to read both of those as well. I have so much catching up to do! 🙃 As a Mexican/Native/Anglo-American, I think I want to start with this one though. Unless you recommend a particular order? 🤔 4mo
IvoryLunatic @ChristinasBookChronicles I don‘t think any order is better than another. Start with the one that speaks to you the most. Do you know anything else along these lines? With all of them, culture/race is very important in daily life in ways that I don‘t have to think about as a white immigrant so I like to read more about it to make me more conscious of it. 4mo
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MandaMT
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Pickpick

This wasn‘t quite what I had expected. Everything I‘d heard focused on Julia trying to solve the mysteries around her sister‘s death. While that is part of the story, I was more intrigued by the blunt and honest depiction of a downward spiral into depression. A bit slow at first, but I was riveted in the 2nd half.

IvoryLunatic This is one of my favorite YA books because it just hits so close to him. I do agree that it focuses a lot more on depression than anything else and it's one of the reasons I recommend it a lot because I think it's a topic that needs to be talked about a lot more. 4mo
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rmaclean4
Mehso-so

YA is not a genre that I tend to like (with the exception of Everything I Never Told You.) This is a coming of age story of a young women on the South Side of Chicago who's parents came to the US from Mexico. Like a lat of YA it read "thin" to me. It deals with very heavy subjects but the writing stayed on the surface. 2.5 ?

MoniqueReads305 That's a good description of this book... surface. There were so many hard hitting topics to explore and they were all surface level... just skimmed over. 5mo
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Kboltz
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Mehso-so

This book is a National Book Award Finalist but I had a hard time with the beginning of the book. The weird mixture of sadness and then so-so humor made me almost stop reading. The book does seem to change course as you keep reading. Not sure if this really shows an overall feeling of how a lot of people in any culture may struggle with loss, hardship and mental health problems. I think Julia experiences every hardship there is in this life

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iamtoddseal
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Pickpick

This quickly launches into a kind of detective story, with Julia as a modern YA Sam Spade. Julia‘s attitude makes all of this easy to read and you root for her throughout. Things take a turn for her mental health; we see hints of problems manifest in an awful way. As secrets pile up, Julia wrestles with how she fits into her culture, how she can handle it all while still being true to herself. The last half of the book covers a lot worth covering.

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iamtoddseal
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This feels like a detective story, as if it‘s a YA hardboiled tale. Opening with the death of the protagonists sister, it‘s easy to wonder where the story might go. Julia is trying to get some answers. “Why does it always feel like life is a stupid puzzle I‘ll never figure out?”

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Rachiiebookdragon
Pickpick

Interesting book and good representation. 5/5

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iamtoddseal
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“I wish I knew the right thing to say, but I don‘t. I never do.”

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CoffeeNBooks
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#WanderingJune #DownInMexico Julia is sent to Mexico to stay with her grandparents for awhile.
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Clever! 💜 5mo
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Shakespearience
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Mehso-so

This book has its ups and downs for me. I like how it captured the life of a teenage girl dealing with various traumas as she matures into adulthood. On the other hand I am definitely reminded that I am not the intended audience for this because I got so tired of all her negativity and how she treated everyone in her life. At the same time, I work with teens so I am fairly certain this is realistic, just not for me. #vhsreads #yalit

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Shakespearience
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“I mean literally. Don‘t you like the way they smell? They‘re all so different. I once found one that smelled like cinnamon. I wonder if they kept it in a pantry. I always wonder about those kinds of things.” p. 172

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veronicaeye

"My cousin Valeria...has three kids now, and they all look like eaglets."

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WriterAtHeart
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Pickpick

This book fell on my radar because it is so popular with my students- winning the March madness book tournament easily. I am glad I picked this up. Not only is it informative culturally, but it also covers a number of topics that young adults have to deal with. The female lead is strong, but struggling and I think it is important for teens to see that.

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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

I just didn‘t love this. It took me forever to get into at all, and then I feel like the story just veered and waned all over the place with no really pacing. It definitely grew on me a little toward the end, but it wasn‘t great. I am counting it for #readharder #ownvoicessetinmexico because parts of the book do happen in Mexico.

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NenaB
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Pickpick

Growing up in a Mexican household I was able to relate to this story. The traditions and culture shock a girl has to live with is told in a very sensitive and funny way. The main character is complicated and although at the beginning hard to swallow towards the end you feel for her. I really enjoyed this book..⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MelissaSue81
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I am really struggling to like this book and I have heard so many good things about it. The M/C and her mother are both just really annoying to me. I also don't love that I feel like i have to look up words on google translate every 5 minutses (But oddly, I'm listening to Oscar Wao on audio and that has even more spanish perhaps, but maybe because its audio, I don't feel the need to know exactly what they're saying).

Should I stick with this one?

TracyReadsBooks I really liked this book as did our parent book club. It‘s also very popular with our middle school students. I would stick with it unless it‘s really just too annoying. If that‘s the case maybe put it down & come back to it?!? 6mo
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Frecks-Booklover4life
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Mehso-so

I was really disappointed with this one. It was such a downer and was hard for me to even want to pick it up and finish. Granted, I wasn‘t aware of what exactly the story was about. Had I known I could have been better mentally prepared. Immigration, depression , family dynamics , death and adolescence. I finished it but I wouldn‘t recommend it.

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notreallyelaine
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I can‘t really explain this, but what I loved most about this book was how HONEST it felt. It was beautiful to see things I know (violence, harassment, mental breaks, having a complicated and sometimes unsympathetic relationship with your parents) and things I know of (poverty, the violence of border-crossing, intergenerational tension in immigrant families) written with such care. not usually a YA person but couldn‘t resist

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makingitupdaily
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Pickpick

A really moving book that covers a lot of different types of struggles. It is pretty deep and not really a happy story. But it is good.

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Canndor
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Having just finished the Poet X, this kind of stayed within the same subject areas.
I wouldn't call this one of my favorite reads ever, but I definitely appreciated it.
4 🌟 s, would recommend.

Addison_Reads I loved both of these, but mostly because I feel they are important books for young girls today to have access to. I love finding YA books with strong female characters. 8mo
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mdemanatee
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This is amazing for so many reasons from the book and theatre sides. What other YA novels should get a theatrical adaption? I have personally been thinking of the possibilities of the IRT and John Green teaming up for years.

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mandi1082
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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. 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.

mandi1082 I just wanted to say how much I loved this book!!!💕 9mo
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Abby2
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Pickpick

Great story and a pull no punches picture of teen depression. Very relatable immigrant or not.

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MirrorMask
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Pickpick

“In some ways, I think that part of what of what I'm trying to accomplish, whether Amá really understands it or not, is to live for her Apá, and Olga. It's not that I'm living life for them, exactly, but I have so many choices they've never had. And I feel like I can do so much with what I've been given. What a waste their journey would be if I just settled for a dull mediocre life.”

Great listen! It didn't immediately grab my attention, though.

RebL I agree. It is a quieter book, but worth it. 10mo
ELH I wanted to like this one more than I did. 10mo
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EleniKara
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Pickpick

I was between a So-So and a pick. There were things done well, the characterization, family dynamics, culture, and mental health. But there were a lot of underdeveloped story threads thrown in there to add more drama to a story which could‘ve held its own. Still I think it‘s an important read for a young audience, particularly a figure for Mexican girls to see themselves in, and a portrayal of the subtler forms of depression/anxiety!

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TheFunkyBookworm
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This diverse read is brought to you curtesy of my classroom library. I haven‘t had a chance to read this myself yet, but several of my students have checked it out and enjoyed it! Plus they were just discussing this one on one of my favorite bookish podcasts recently so I really need to move it up on the TBR!
#anewchapter #diverseread
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

staci.reads It's a great one! 10mo
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Sg1224
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#1 of 50- 2019...I could totally see Julia, the main character, on Litsy scoffing at this post...😂 Can‘t wait to see where the mystery of Lorena takes her! 🔍

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BookFreakOut
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Panpan

The audio killed this for me. Objectively it's a powerful story about cultural expectations, grief, and the balance between traditional values and the American dream for the child of 1st-gen immigrants, though the plot was slow and meandered away from the initial mystery. Practically, the author nailed the voice of a combative teen raging against the world, which basically meant listening to 8 hours of complaining.

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KyrstinElizabeth

I love the smell of old bookstores— paper, knowledge, and probably mildew. I hate the cliche that you shouldn‘t judge a book by its cover, because covers say so much about what‘s inside.

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RebL
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Sánchez talked about pressure to “represent” (speaking to criticism regarding the presence of cockroaches in this book) at the 2018 TFOB. I‘ve worked with global lit since 2006 & always loved world lit, but my shelves have a disproportionate number of white writers, as most libraries statistically do. In 2019, my pocketbook will be dedicated to diverse books w/ the long goal of seeing a range in storytelling such that these criticisms don‘t occur.

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ChristySevern
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Couldn't leave the festival without a picture! Erika is a wonderful woman and an amazing human being! Her author talk brought many (including myself) to tears with her discussion of loss, love, family, and mental health 💓

Fun fact: I burst into tears when the festival coordinator introduced me to Erika... I had to take a few minutes to compose myself! 😂 Erika was nice enough to admit she's done the same upon meeting her own literary heroes 💖

BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. Sounds like she‘s a cool woman. 11mo
ChristySevern @BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh she was! I'm so grateful to have gotten the chance to meet her! Definitely looking forward to moderating at next year's festival! 😊 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage What a great opportunity! 11mo
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ChristySevern
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Pickpick

This past November I had the honor of introducing the author talk featuring Erika L. Sanchez, author of "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" at my local library's annual book festival!

#stbf #SouthTexasBookFestival #Moderator

CoffeeNBooks That's so awesome! Great book! Welcome to Litsy! 📚 11mo
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