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Publisher Description

National Book Award Finalist!
Instant New York Times Bestseller!

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 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?

Alive and crackling—a gritty tale wrapped in a page-turner. ”—The New York Times
Unique and fresh.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A standout.” —NPR

Young Adult
October 17
Random House Children's Books
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

rdstef ,

Inspirational 💕💪🏽

This book is Great for First-Gen students, and women who are surrounded by generational stigmas. Very inspiring!!

eimymarie ,

Just beautiful

I cried and I laughed reading this book. It was a surprise since I never expected that it was going to be like this. I saw myself back at school with that hunger of going away to college. I related to Julia in so many ways. Can’t wait to see the upcoming film.

Idkusername101 ,


I have LITERALLY never related to a book more then now! I love this book and the topics it touched on. As a First generation Mexican American daughter its hard tbh and not a lot of people know that. Especially within out own families. Reading this book made me so happy because people like me and julia are being represented. I wish there were more books like this one with like different situations but that still covered first generation issues, traditions, and culture.

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