Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

Life isn’t exactly roses even BEFORE Julia’s sister, Olga, dies in a horrible accident. 
Julia struggles with depression and anxiety, and a, more often than not, strained relationship with her family. Her mom stays on her case about everything from her appearance to her horrible cooking. Her father is all but absent, preferring to spend most of his free time in front of the TV. Meanwhile, her sister is (was) the “perfect Mexican daughter”—sweet, selfless, and willing to do anything for her family.
Julia is the total opposite. She is blunt, unaccommodating, and determined to move far, far away from her Chicago neighborhood. The last thing she wants to do is spend her life training to be a submissive Mexican wife. So, when Olga dies, Julia feels, at once, a tidal wave of grief and resentment. Even, in death, Julia can’t escape comparisons to her sister. Then, one day, as Julia is going through Olga’s things, she finds something that makes her think that Olga wasn’t as innocent as she seemed.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez is a raw, emotional read that flawlessly weaves together Spanish and English to reflect the intersectionality of Julia’s existence… in a world that is trying its hardest to turn her into something she’s not.

 Other Suggested Books:

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your… by Meg Medina

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