A stunning story of heritage, family and growing up.
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.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez
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?
"A timely and must-have account of survival in a culturally contentious world." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Ultimately, it's Julia herself who's the key to the novel...She'll resonate with many readers, and they'll be glad to see her make it through a tough time." -- The Bulletin, starred review
"In the beautifully written I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Erika L. Sanchez (Lessons on Expulsion) captures the hearts and trust of teen readers, struggling at the crossroads of familial and personal identities."-- Shelf Awareness, starred review
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