Wednesday, 11 December 2019

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Book Review

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
by Erika L. Sánchez

What is it about:
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?

What did I think of it:
Did I enjoy this book?


Did I think this is a good book?


This is a difficult read. Going by the blurb I had expected this story to focus on finding out who Olga was, instead it is a story about loss, grief, and trying to find your place in life even when the odds are against you. It was emotional, heartbreaking, confrontational, and with a quiet beauty, hinting that there might be hope.

All in all not a book I'll easily reread, but it is a beautiful read.

Why should you read it:
It's a beautiful and emotional YA read.

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