I Am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Book - 2017
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When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524700485
1524700487
9781524700492
1524700495
9781524700508
Branch Call Number: YA Sanc
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 22 cm

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LPL_EricaS Nov 05, 2018

Olga was a perfect daughter until an accident took her life. Julia, wrapped in grief that often comes out as disrespect and spite, focuses more how she was different than her older sister and how she will never follow in the footsteps of an obedient daughter. She will graduate high school, move out of their cockroach infested apartment in Chicago, go to college in another state, become a writer, and never look back. When she stumbles upon some scandalous belongings in her late sisters room, her focus shifts to finding out just what was going on in Olga's perhaps not so saintly life. Outings with a boy named Connor or her best friend Lorena and plans for a quinceañera she never wanted sometimes help lighten her demeanor and let her shed some of her hard exterior. You will root for her to be more accepting of life and to let go of her pain.

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DominiqueRossier
Oct 29, 2018

Many of the themes treated in the book are serious and "unpleasant" but the author has managed to build a good plot to talk about them. When I go back overseas, I will probably read this with my students.

CedarMill_MarkR Aug 24, 2018

Julia's sister died and it has thrown her family into a tailspin. Julia struggles against her Mexican parent's expectations, her grief, and what society expects her to be as she searches for answers about a sister she may not have known so well. This is a searing look at a teenage girl struggling with so many expectations as she carves out a unique identity for herself. She is not always likable but she is definitely real. A good read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 12, 2018

I'm always finding myself combing through book shelfs searching for my next favourite YA novel and in my search, I stubbled across I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. The book's about a girl named Julia, as she tries to find her way in the world while dealing with the death of her sister who she barely knew. With their family torn apart by her death, Julia soon discovers that her sister's life may not have been as perfect as she had once thought. I found myself become attached to Julia, especially in the beginning with her light hearted jokes that left me smiling like crazy as some points. Still, this book deals with some sensitive subjects such as depression, suicide, and racial discrimination all of which are important topics to talk about. I did however find the ending fairly predictable and left things unresolved. Overall, it was a good rainy day read, definitely makes you stop to think after. - @Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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cgarzon
Apr 21, 2018

Julia struggles to process the sudden death of her sister Olga and stumbles upon a mystery in the process. I enjoyed Julia's voice and no non-sense attitude.

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hannah_way
Apr 14, 2018

I read this for the #ownvoices category of my 2018 reading challenge and absolutely loved it. Sánchez writes so authentically about depression, love and families. The added bonus was reading about a Mexican immigrant experience. I cried and laughed and cried some more.

OPL_AmyW Apr 05, 2018

Told from the point of view of Julia, a teenage girl who has recently lost her older sister in a freak accident, this book manages to accurately portray depression and mental illness as well as the experiences of a first generation American teenager, born to Mexican parents. I was most impressed with how honest Julia's voice felt. Despite covering some very devastating subject matter, the novel allows readers to feel sympathy for the characters without becoming emotionally overwrought because it is told from Julie's somewhat detached and depressed point of view.

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becker
Dec 06, 2017

There is no shortage of teenage angst and other various YA tropes in this novel. However, between the episodes of attitude and anger we get little glimpses of the sweet, creative and sensitive girl that Julia is. It was enough to keep me reading and I felt somewhat satisfied with the way things resolved. For me, the real appeal of this story was the way it highlighted certain aspects of Mexican culture which I found both interesting and endearing. Knowing that I am not the target market for this book, I would like to say that I would recommend this to a teen, especially a younger one. I think it could be a powerful reading experience for the right reader.

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3je82rs9
Oct 13, 2017

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican American Daughter proved to be a little different that what I expected, but I still found it enjoyable and a read I'd like to discuss with someone.

Julia is grieving the loss of her sister who has died unexpectedly after an accident. She is a first generation Mexican American and feels it difficult to pull away from her mother. Part of that is because her mother is strict, trying to maintain part of their Mexican ways.And part is because after losing one daughter, she is overprotecting her other daughter.

It's hard to know at first if what Julia feels is the normal sadness one feels when grieving, but it becomes apparent as the story progresses that Julia is depressed.

This book is definitely for older (10th grade-ish) readers, and adults will find themselves enjoying it as well. I appreciated the representation of Latino characters in literature, the way their culture is depicted. I also like that Sanchez tackled the issue of mental health and how depression may affect someone.

I found myself intrigued by Julia's quest to find out more about her sister Olga after her death. Sanchez does a great job of exploring the idea of how little we really know about each other and how many things about someone might be left unknown.

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