Hot diggity! Is there any better way than this to start your day off with??
Early hold = 1st library copy🤓 The book grabbed my attention at the beginning but the story dragged on a bit from there. Overall though, I did enjoyed it. I hope there continues to be a lot of discussion surrounding this book and I hope the publishing world continues to listen. I‘m looking forward to hearing the discussion with Jeanine Cummins & Reyna Grande (whose memoir is AMAZING!) next month.
(Unpopular opinion...maybe)—Controversy aside, it‘s a hard NO. I can‘t stand meaningless phrases 👆🤯 or sentences just thrown in at random. I spent most of the book rolling my eyes and googling common words just to make sure I wasn‘t losing my grip on the English language. It‘s this kind of stuff: he knew without knowing, and he was motionless but moved, and the overuse of the word ‘flap.‘ The writing was just bad. 😖
I grabbed this when I saw it available on Cloud Library because of all the controversy. I probably wouldn‘t have read it otherwise. I understand & empathize with the concerns against it. The writing isn‘t great literature. But the story moved me and I loved it. “No one can stay in a brutal, bloodstained place.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I'm about a third of the way into this book, and I'm starting to see why it was so controversial. The representation isn't done well in my opinion. It feels like Cummins spent more time researching the area and Spanish words than trying to make her characters feel real. I think she had good intentions, but I'm not sure it was executed very well. I'm still going to try to finish it, though. 🤷🏼♀️
Writing style not really my type but has good pacing & kept me engaged. While I understand the need for more #ownvoices authors (as I‘m Deaf) I feel the real tragedy is that what happens in this novel does happen to migrants every where in search of better lives. Seems some critics say “not all my people are like that” (ie drugs) rather than saying “this shouldn‘t be happening, what can we do”. At least the author tried. Between pick & so-so.
I posted my review of this yesterday, but the rest of my IRL book club (7 childhood friends who I adore) is way behind. So, as their leader, 🤓💁🏼♀️ I revamped the reading schedule. They aren‘t spastic mega readers like me and I don‘t want them to get stressed. I think limiting our reading to about 50 pages a week is how we‘ll proceed. My book is marked up and ready for discussions. #bookclubbook
I don‘t DNF books but boy did this one temp me. The entire novel was just so boring. The author also chose to write in this omnipotent third person sort of style where I was randomly dumped into people‘s heads. It was incredibly disorienting. The ending was just hot trash. I‘m not even sure what happened and why. The weird sexual relationship with Javier is still not explained to me.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ It‘s not the great immigrant story it was touted to be, but more of a slow-burn thriller disingenuously and tastelessly marketed. I can‘t attest to the inaccuracies. I‘m not an expert on every fictional story I read. It‘s a novel, y‘all. The story is compelling, but the writing is uneven. I loved descriptions and character interactions, but loathed the clumsily scattered italicized Spanish words. Say “el norte” one more time, I dare you.
Eh. It was pretty subpar in my opinion , even without the controversy. I think it was the characters.. they felt too 1 dimensional or something. I felt like i was being told and not shown throughout the book. Like my neighbor was telling me the story of a lady she once knew. I also read up on the concernsof this book before i read it and admit that could of influenced my opinion. Maybe 3 stars from me.
I don‘t care what the carping critics have said about American Dirt — I thought the book was fantastic. The main character was well and sympathetically drawn, and the book was highly illuminating. Coming away from the book, I have a deeper understanding for those Latin Americans forced by circumstances to flee their homes, and deeper empathy with their struggles.
It‘s a pick for me. This one will make you think and want to research further about the plight of immigrants and refugees. It‘s a plight for many people around the world not just at the Mexican / United States border. Anything that makes people more aware and creates more dialogue can‘t be wrong.
He‘s never been close to a tragedy that barbaric, never experienced a shock so primitive that it shakes him to the very core of his beliefs. In short, Nicolás has never had a fundamental change of heart. So he‘s unaware of the way Newton‘s third law can resonate in a place like this: for every wickedness, there is an equal and opposite possibility of redemption.
This has been a worthy and thought provoking read so far, with A LOT of interruptions to research many different things.
I‘m sure reality is far, far worse for immigrants and refugees everywhere, than even the events that are being depicted in this novel.... but if the controversy surrounding it makes people more aware and gets them talking, there‘s a greater hope that changes will occur more rapidly - WORLDWIDE.
Long review: When I read fiction, I read it for a good story, and this was an excellent story. It was very harrowing and intense. I held my breath for most of the book. I rated it 5 stars because it kept me riveted throughout and I'll not soon forget it. It addressed the strength and perseverance of people crossing the border and the mortal peril they face. I was extremely attached to the characters and their outcomes. ⬇
Despite its entertainment value and being "fiction", American Dirt comes off as an extremely inaccurate representation of the real situation of a country. If anything I hope that American Dirt serves as a bridge and individuals will go on to read, research, and engage with this crucial issue through #ownvoices novels and firsthand accounts.
I am loving this book! I know it has had some bad press....but it is intense!
I put a library hold for this back in July. Once it came out, I listened to the conversations surrounding it and decided to go ahead & read it for myself. I really liked it. I am happy to be able to participate in the conversation. I‘m also glad that I‘ve already read authors like Yuri Herrera, Jennifer Clement, & Luis Alberto Urrera. For me, the really important conversation this book sparked is about the issues in the publishing industry.
First of all, I understand why some are upset over this book and the controversy surrounding it. I can see why many have chosen not to read/purchase it as a result. However, in my mind any light being shown on such experiences as featured in this book is a positive thing. Also, Oprah's Book Club encourages so many to read selections. Bringing awareness to these issues is a wonderful thing. Also, I enjoyed the book. Let's read #ownvoices too
audiowalking & listening more about the controversy
I remember that the critics of this book said something about Lydia being shocked that Mexico has ice rinks? Is this what they‘re referring to 🧐? Because to me it just seems like a description of a mall that includes an ice rink (and not many malls have them, do they)?
So far I‘m finding the writing okay (not great). Have been forming my thoughts about content as I go along.
Thank you @DGRachel for this book! I know it‘s very controversial and I‘m looking forward to reading it... I think 🤔 At any rate it is fiction so I will formulate my own opinion/review based on that..
My review/ratings are based on the bad writing that was obvious to me as an English speaking reader of mostly literary (which AD is DEF not) fiction. Here is a detailed look that helped me see all the things that are culturally offensive as well. https://thebluenib.com/a-poor-imitation-american-dirt-and-misrepresentations-of-...
I was thinking of reading a light hearted rom com in the month of February but then I won a copy of next month‘s book club selection at Barnes & Noble so I‘m gonna dive in to this one. Don‘t hate me if I like it
This is a bad novel. I wrote a full review with examples over on Goodreads but there‘s not room here. IF you elect not to read it, you‘re not missing anything, but if you want a chance to form an opinion, I‘d recommend borrowing rather than buying. 😞 (And, yes, I did remove the unbelievably tasteless dust jacket.) Link to my Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3173928386?book_show_action=false&from_rev...
Latino authors only make up 3% of the publishing industry.
There are so many good books by Latino authors that could have been picked for the Oprah book club besides this one. I‘m not telling you not read it but maybe think about reading some other Latino authors. If you need some comment below.
I listened to this NPR discussion that is def worth a hear.
Just a reminder about how much damage and just how dumb the new library ebook restrictions are. 🙄
This book. As a work of fiction, I liked it. It‘s a story about love and family and survival, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one. Bring tissues. I have many opinions about the controversy surrounding it. But I‘m just going to say this. It‘s dangerous to tell people that they can‘t read something. It‘s even more dangerous to tell people that they can‘t write something. But I think the resulting discussions are a good thing.
Ok, I'm going in, come what may. You have to read it yourself if you want to formulate an opinion!
I couldn't resist these two choices! I'm intrigued by the controversy surrounding American Dirt, and considering that I'm moving to Austin to teach high school, the second one was an obvious choice. 🤓
After several false starts, I‘m going to give #AmericanDirt another go. If for no other reason but to form my own opinion. But I do have some #LatinxAuthors on deck for clarity and balance. Always looking for recommendations, please. #KnowledgeIsPower
I wrote a really long review of this on goodreads and I don't think I can sum it up short enough for litsy.. so here is a link https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3034305592?fbclid=IwAR3jcQAIcUmtxRnnmNMuaW...
Lit Friday evening. Heh. 📖🍷
American Dirt will be a go-to book club pick for years, because it‘s impossible not to have an opinion about this story. My hope is that, regardless of her misguided execution, Cummins does indeed serve as a bridge, and readers will go on to engage with this crucial issue – this time, through authentic first-person accounts. My full review on Primer here: https://primer.com.au/american-dirt-jeanine-cummins-review/