I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter should be required reading for every young woman in her teenage years. Erika L. Sánchez takes us through the familiar struggles of American teenagers such as making friends, dealing with parents and siblings, feeling lonely, and navigating romantic relationships. The main character Julia deals with all of these typical teenager issues along with some not so typical life experiences such as the death of her older sister Olga whose life was a mystery, the cultural gap between her and her traditional Mexican immigrant parents, and living with depression. Olga had a mysterious life which Julia discovers in pieces throughout the whole book. Olga’s mystery not only keeps the reader hooked, but it is also how Julia learns about herself and gains a deeper understanding of her family’s struggle. Julia’s character also has a snarky somewhat judgmental teenage voice which makes the book a fun read. Mystery, humor, and drama. This book has it all. I highly recommend it!
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