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 Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

I love this book so hard because there are so few books with Hispanic heroines.

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

July 24

My mother named me Gabriella, after my grandmother who, coincidentally, didn’t want to meet me when I was born because my mother was unmarried, and therefore living in sin. My mom has told me the story many, many, MANY, times of how, when she confessed to my grandmother that she was pregnant with me, her mother beat her. BEAT HER! She was twenty-five. That story is the basis of my sexual education and has reiterated why it’s important to wait until you’re married to give it up. So now, every time I go out with a guy, my mom says, “Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas.” Eyes open, legs closed. That’s as far as the birds and the bees talk has gone. And I don’t mind it. I don’t necessarily agree with that whole wait until you’re married crap, though. I mean, this is America and the 21st century; not Mexico one hundred years ago. But, of course, I can’t tell my mom that because she will think I’m bad. Or worse: trying to be White.

Doesn’t she sound like just the strong young woman you’d want to be friends with? Do you know someone like Gabi?

By Pam

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16 replies on “Blogging from #AtoZChallenge- G Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero”

Oh my… love that cover, been looking at it was a good long minute… Welcome in the letter “G”… thank you!
Jeremy [Retro]
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isn’t that the best cover? kinda like that melted clock by whats his name?

It makes me think of my favorite Hispanic female – the non fiction of Esmeralda Santiago. Great handful of books!

Sounds a bit like my bees and birds talk was lol. On a different note – that is a FANTASTIC cover. Eye-catching and intriguing.

I “May” have given a similar talk to my children as well, Zee.

It took me a few to name the human anatomic parts on that book cover!

That line there from Gabriella, “trying to be white” is something very familiar to me. It’s oven smirked on albeit subconsciously practiced in the country where I came from.

I’m not familiar with this book – but that cover is striking. Publishers are so conservative when it comes to covers and obsessed with genre identification – I’d love to see more really original artwork on covers. When I see original covers I am always more interested in the book – nothing irritates me more than those samey samey pink girlie covers. Ugh!

Lots of use of “covers” in that post. I need to go back to editing school. LOL.

Wow! This sounds like a great book – should be made into a tela-novella. I’m definitely going to read this one. And yes, I grew up with a girl like Gabi – always daring to do the things that I was afraid to do and challenging me to come along.

Thanks for sharing the title of this book! It sounds really interesting and I’ve added it to my GoodReads list.

Stopping by from the A to Z Challenge.

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