“One of the things I hate most in life is people telling me to calm down, as if I’m some out-of-control lunatic who isn’t entitled to have feelings.”
Fiction – Young Adult
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?
Sometimes I forget just how much I love YA books! They can be such a quick, easy, and entertaining read in between heavier books or when you’re in a book slump. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter was exactly that!
This book seriously brought me straight back to my teenage years. As a melancholy and highly empathetic person, I could bring myself right back to everything Julia was going through. It was all just so real—the struggles of being a teenager and feeling like no one understands you, the desire to have freedom and be accepted for who you are. One thing I love about young adult books is that we can all relate, in one way or another, to the misunderstood years of adolescence.
Julia’s struggles with her family, friends, and herself unfold to tell an entertaining, enlightening, and heartfelt story that easily kept my attention. Was this the best book I’ve ever read? No. Would I recommend it? Absolutely! If you enjoy a coming-of-age story and a quick read, definitely pick this one up!
Have you read this one? What did you think of it? What was the last YA book you read?