#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “stunning” (America Ferrera) YA novel about a teenager coming to terms with losing her sister and finding herself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home.
“Alive and crackling—a gritty tale wrapped in a page-turner. ”—The New York Times
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?
Why isn't 15-year-old Julia Reyes a perfect Mexican daughter in her mother's eyes? Mostly because of her older sister, Olga, who puts family first, listens to her parents, and dresses conservatively. Julia, by contrast, argues with her mother, talks back at school, and dreams of becoming a famous writer. When Olga dies suddenly, Julia is left wishing that they had been closer and grieving what she sees as Olga's wasted life. And when she starts to suspect that Olga might not have been so perfect, she follows every clue. S nchez's debut novel covers a lot of ground, including Julia's day-to-day activities in Chicago, her college ambitions, her first boyfriend (who is white and comes from a wealthy neighborhood), her difficult relationship with her overprotective parents, and her search for Olga's secrets. As the book moves along, Julia's frustration with the many constraints she lives under poverty, family expectations, and conditioning that she resents but can't quite ignore reaches dangerous levels. Julia is a sympathetic character, but S nchez's often expository writing keeps her and her struggles at arm's length. Ages 14 up.
Si se puede!
The definition of over coming generational traumas and winning. By finding yourself in the little that you got. Having friends & mentors that look past all the hurt and pain and lift you. Amazing story! I can relate being a 1st gen Mexican American. Not many of us make it out of the tradition of staying behind for your parents. In my story out of 3 only the youngest made it and it would have been devastating to see her settle for a mediocre life. As a older sibling it’s our responsibility to help them break the curses and always find yourself.
I have not read a book in years because I have dyslexia and it’s hard to understand but I just finish reading this book by audio and it’s an amazing book wow I love this book so much !
Loved this book I could identify myself in some things