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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter | Erika L. Sánchez
Long-listed for the National Book Award! The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home. 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. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?
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WriterAtHeart
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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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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?!? 1mo
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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 the Chicago girl in me couldn‘t resist

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makingitupdaily
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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. 3mo
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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!!!💕 4mo
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Abby2
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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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“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. 5mo
ELH I wanted to like this one more than I did. 5mo
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EleniKara
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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! 5mo
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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. 6mo
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! 😊 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage What a great opportunity! 6mo
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ChristySevern
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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! 📚 6mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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#Audiobaking

Salted Pistachio Shortbread

KrystleTheBookSlayer *gasp* I love pistachios & shortbread! Why haven't I ever thought to make this before! 😍🍪 6mo
kspenmoll Sounds fabulous! Loved the book you are baking to! 6mo
Thndrstd That looks yummy 6mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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I used to watch his show! I still remember a couple of songs.

? En la fería Cepillín
encontré una trompeta... ?

Leftcoastzen Yikes!😂 6mo
eraderneely Ah! I‘m terrified of clowns!!! (And rapists, obvi) 6mo
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Slwdecker
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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 open my hand and it‘s empty.

RaimeyGallant Lovely quote. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy. 👋🏻😊👏🏻 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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Wow! I loved this book. 😍 Going in I had no idea what to expect, but this book went above and beyond. There are so many great quotes about books and mentions of classic literature that it made me love the book even more. There are many difficult topics addressed, such as suicide, but it is handled very well. This is a great book for teens and adults.

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Addison_Reads
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It's raining buckets outside today, so I made a pallet by the Christmas tree and started the tagged book. I love reading to the background noise of rain pouring down, and the Christmas lights just make it even cozier. Two of my furbabies, Penny and Jethro, decided to join me too. 🐶😍

JoScho Love it! Where are you from? (If you don‘t mind me asking) I use the word pallet and always thought it was a southern thing. 6mo
Addison_Reads @JoScho I am most definitely southern 😀 From Louisiana originally, now in Texas after being in South Carolina for a few years. 6mo
Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 6mo
JoScho Lol yes! I was born and raised in SC! My husband from NY did not know what I meant when I said let‘s make a pallet. 6mo
Addison_Reads @JoScho Friends in college teased me about saying "pallet" and calling a shopping cart at the grocery store a "buggy" ? I lived in Greenville, SC for almost 6 years; I loved it there. 6mo
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ambam1987
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lunch time reads 📖

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UnidragonFrag
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This is the cutest! I can't wait to put that hat on my kiddo in the morning (it's a bit too small for my fat head lol) and use that cup (with a snowglobe ☺). The teas smell great and we already busted out the pez.. it's got sugar cookie flavor! So looking forward to both of these books!

Thank you! I think I know who it's from, but I didn't find a screenname on anything that I could find & I don't wanna tag the wrong person lol

#SSS

MoniqueReads305 So sorry. I forgot to include a card or tell that I had shipped it out. 6mo
UnidragonFrag @MoniqueReads305 it's all good! I was totally wrong about who I thought it might, so I'm glad I didn't tag them lol thank you! 😃 6mo
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LeahBergen Happy Birthday!!! 📚📚📚 6mo
UnidragonFrag @LeahBergen thank you!! 6mo
Avanders 💙❄️🎄♥️😍 6mo
RaimeyGallant How much fun is this package?! 6mo
UnidragonFrag @RaimeyGallant isn't it cute?! My daughter loves the Santa hat and got a kick out of one of the pop rocks. The hot chocolate was super yum, too! 6mo
RaimeyGallant Amazeballs. 6mo
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VinceReads
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Sanchez is able to capture dysfunctional family dynamics in a way that definitely hit home for me. Julia is such a relatable and well written protagonist. Well worth the time.

4.5/5

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VinceReads
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Up next from Mount TBR.

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Neptunes.Library
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Can‘t seem to put this one down

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Kppo15
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✔️

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Nessavamusic
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Really enjoying this book and it‘s genuine look into a young Mexican-Americans life and how she is coping with loss.

CoffeeNBooks Great book! 7mo
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Mindyrecycles
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Couldn‘t have been more timely! This kind of crap doesn‘t fly with me but growing up, Mom did almost everything on Thanksgiving. My sister and I helped some but Dad and brothers just watched football. 😡

I finished this book and loved it. Julia is feisty and tough as nails, but she has her struggles. A sad, funny, poignant, hopeful story.

TrishB That was my childhood. When I became old enough to ‘help‘ I refused unless my brother had to (he was a year younger) my Mum said he was a boy and didn‘t have to! This is the reason I can‘t cook today 😁😁 because I carried on refusing... 7mo
BookwormM Interestingly in my family it is Dad who always does the Christmas cooking 7mo
rabbitprincess Luckily both my parents have always worked together to prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners! Or if my mum is cooking, my dad is cleaning. I usually help with the cleaning rather than cooking, although I am capable of stirring pots and taking things out of the oven as directed 😆 7mo
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mrsh62010 My family is big on men offering to help, but women knowing they‘re fully incompetent in the kitchen and declining the offer as they would if it came from a 3 year old. Easier to do it yourself than drop everything to teach a grown man how to fill a pot with water. My bf and I cook and clean together, which is exactly how it should be. Parents gotta teach their boys how to keep a house and cook for themselves!! It‘s so appreciated. 7mo
Mindyrecycles @TrishB Julia would be proud of you. 😂 7mo
Mindyrecycles @rabbitprincess That is so wonderful. My kids can say the same. 7mo
Mindyrecycles @mrsh62010 Very true. My husband didn‘t even know how to make a bed when we got married but he is a reasonable laid back guy and readily learned to do his share. Our son learned how to do household tasks just like his sister did. When they were younger the girls cooked on holidays and the guys cleaned. 7mo
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Lindy
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Very believable teenage voice: MC is a misunderstood child of undocumented immigrants in Chicago. She‘s caught between cultures & she‘s the opposite of her compliant older sister, who has just died. Issues of grief, mental health & family secrets in an excellent #audiobook performance by Kyla Garcia. #latinx #YA

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Mindyrecycles
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I‘m about a third into this YA novel and it is captivating. Julia is a strong, smart girl and I love her.

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Lindy
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I hate the cliche that you shouldn‘t judge a book by its cover, because covers say so much about what‘s inside. Take The Great Gatsby, for instance. The woman‘s melancholic face against the city lights in the distance is the perfect representation of the quiet misery of that era. Covers matter. Those who don‘t think so are full of crap. I mean, I wear band tshirts for a reason.

ferskner And this cover influenced the writing of the book! 7mo
Lindy @ferskner Oh? I don‘t know that story. Tell me more. 7mo
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Lindy
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There is no heaven. There is only earth, sky, and the transfer of energy. The idea would almost be beautiful if it weren't such a nightmare.

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Lindy
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As much as I get sick of eating Mexican food every single day of my life, if heaven existed, I know it would smell like fried tortillas.

(Image from Netflix Ugly Delicious, Season 1, episode 2: Tacos)

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Jody3
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The most enjoyable parts to read were when Julia went to Mexico to stay with her relatives and it had not been for those sections and the character/plot development towards the end of the book, I would have found this quite a dull read. . It took me about a 100 pages to get into the book, mostly because I found Julia to be selfish and ungrateful. But once the mental health issues became a little more apparent, I started to at least enjoy it.

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Readergrrl
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Hey! Even though this package arrived on Monday, I finally opened it this morning!!! Thank you for a great round!! I really enjoyed all the books and I‘m about to mail out my last book this weekend! Thank you so much, @Lovesbooks87 for the gifts! I will be using them in #Round4 of #LMPBC

Lovesbooks87 This was my first round and I really enjoyed it so much I signed up for the next round. Glad your book made it back to you and that you liked all the goodies! 8mo
DarcysMom Did you ever send Etiquette and Espionage back to me? I never received it. 😢 7mo
Readergrrl Oh, @DarcysMom I do have your book and I‘m so sorry I haven‘t mailed it yet! It‘s sitting on my bedside table and I have a couple of chapters to go! I suddenly got swamped with a graduate class I‘m taking and time got away with me! I will mail it off ASAP! It‘s been such a fun read too! 6mo
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DarcysMom No worries - school comes first! What are you studying? 6mo
Readergrrl @DarcysMom I‘m taking a Supervision class for my 092 license. But entirely sure I want to go this way... sigh. Thank you for being so understanding about your book! I‘d love to actually finish it! 6mo
DarcysMom Definitely finish it! 😁 6mo
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Lovesbooks87
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@Readergrrl your book is on its way back to you! It should be there Thursday! I really enjoyed it! I had so much fun my first round. Can't want until next round! #LMBPC

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Jenny
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Didn‘t expect this one to be so sad but I liked it. I wanted to be more wowed than I was though.

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Lovesbooks87
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I really enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down. I can see why a lot of people can relate to Julia's life and I was one of them. This covers so many important issues. In my book it is a must read. This was the last book in this round of the #LMPBC. I really enjoyed everyone's books! Thanks ladies for pushing me out of my comfort zone and reading some books I won't and showing me it is okay to mark up a book! 📚💜📚💜

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cuethelibrarian
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I‘ve read a lot of books from Hispanic authors and I always feel so misrepresented. But it made me Cry like a little baby. How it captured how it‘s like to feel like a very Americanized teen growing up in a Mexican household and feeling like you‘ll never understand your mother..until you do. How it tackled topics like death, severe depression, and anxiety, all the while making you more understanding of the character‘s flaws and vulnerabilities.

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maggie_azevedo
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I highly recommend this book, especially to first generation American women. There was so much in this book I could relate to, simply because I too, was a child of immigrant parents. The book brings to light, coming of age, dealing with grief, comparisons amongst siblings, depression and suicide. So many of these topics are stigmas within many communities. Great read especially for YA. #iamnotyourperfectmexicandaughter

sprainedbrain I absolutely loved this one! 9mo
CoffeeNBooks Great book! Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 9mo
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Ericalambbrown Welcome! Hope you enjoy it here as much as I do 😊 And this looks great - stacked! 9mo
maggie_azevedo Thank you! @Ericalambbrown I'm very excited to join this community. It's day 2 and I'm already enjoying it! 😊 9mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 8mo
maggie_azevedo @BookwormAHN Thanks very much! 😊 8mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
DebReads4fun Great review and welcome to Litsy! 8mo
maggie_azevedo @DebReads4fun Thanks so much! 😊 8mo
Nute Wonderful review! 8mo
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Lovesbooks87
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@Readergrrl pick for this round of #LMPBC has made it to it's final stop! I am been wanting to read it for a long time and can't wait to dive into this book!

Readergrrl I really hope that you like it!!! 9mo
Lovesbooks87 @Readergrrl I am sure I will. It sounds amazing. I plan on reading it over my four day weekend that I have coming up very soon! 9mo
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EH2018
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I really loved this book!! It is definitely a book I can recommend Thanks for sharing @Readergrrl #LMPBC Heading your way next @Lovesbooks87
@DarcysMom

Lovesbooks87 Yay! I can't wait to read this! 9mo
EH2018 @Lovesbooks87 you should get it on Friday! 9mo
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Dr._Who_number10
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What are your largest amounts of annotations?!?
(...I did mine every other page😂)
What‘s your all time favorite book?!
❤️boooooks

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CoffeeNBooks
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In I Am Not Your Perfect Mecican daughter, Julia always looks at the statue of Santa Muerte at her friend Lorena's house. In the chapter we read in class today, Lorena's mom had recently dressed Santa Muerta in a black cloak. #NewHogwartsAdventure #cloak @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one is on my list!! 9mo
vkois88 This one pops up everywhere! Must be a sign I need to read it 😉 9mo
CoffeeNBooks @vkois88 It's really good! 9mo
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