I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

By Erika L. Sánchez
Read by Kyla Garcia

9.69 Hours 10/17/2017 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781524782238

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

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Summary

Summary

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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

An earnest and heartfelt tale. Booklist
A timely and must-have account of survival in a culturally contested world. SLJ, Starred
Beautifully written. Shelf Awareness, Starred
"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
As poignant as it is incisive. AV Club
If you ever wanted to [understand] the harsh truths of immigrant life, this is the book you need to read. Bustle
This book will change everything. . . . A perfect book about imperfection. Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States
A wonderfully complex and interesting character. Los Angeles Review of Books
Blistering. Julia’s persona rockets off the page and into your face from the get-go. Christian Science Monitor
“A portrait of a life. This short, biting book has real depth and drama, depicting a heroine who feels true to the modern world while also being completely her own. Julia is smart, difficult and judgmental, but she is also in pain. She is not a replica of the sort of protagonist that one will often find in young adult literature. She feels like an authentic voice for a fifteen-year-old girl who is struggling with her personal circumstances and culture.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

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Author

Author Bio: Erika L. Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez es poeta, novelista y ensayista radicada en Chicago. Fue becaria Fulbright, recipiente de la beca CantoMundo y becaria Bread Loaf. Más recientemente, fue columnista de Cosmopolitan for Latinas y ha escrito para Salon, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, The Guardian y BuzzFeed. Siendo hija de inmigrantes mexicanos indocumentados, Erika siempre ha desafiado fronteras de cualquier tipo. Encuéntrala en la web en ErikaLSanchez.com y en Twitter @ErikaLSanchez.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.69
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English