Inside cover blurb:
“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 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? ”
I have gone back and forth on this one, trying to sort my thoughts on what exactly to say.
Overall, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I had heard a lot of great things about this book so I think that hype is a big part of my disappointment.
The story about Olga, Julia’s sister, is highly intriguing. And I thought that’s what the majority of the book was going to be about. But it’s really about Julia and her complicated relationship with her family and her Mexican heritage.
There are probably like five different storylines in the book. And I think it takes place over the course of almost an entire year, if not more. But it doesn’t come across well at all. It seems like the narration just kind of skips around in some places.
I think this book had a lot of potential and it does have a lot of great content, but it just wasn’t for me.
Plus: Diverse reads! I am always all for it. It really does feel like you’re reading the inner most thoughts of a teen, which is pretty rare for authors achieve.
Minus: The story structure could use some work, in my opinion.
If you like this book, try:
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins- Examines the inner workings of an Indian family and the struggles they face among themselves and with their culture in America.