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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

Mrs. Zazueta ,


It was a blessing to read this book. I read this book at such a perfect time in my life. Loved it all.

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Amazing, beautiful, and relatable

I enjoyed this book, the author is brilliant. It sure was a page turner, I was hooked. When readying what Julia went through with her mom, I felt all that. I was able to relate found myself speechless, I truly can’t completely a proper sentence because this book was excellent, it truly leaves you without words.

yfgon ,

Amazing Read

Loved the book. Could not put it down. Definitely recommend.

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