I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I couldn’t love this book any harder if I tried! Sanchez brings out alot of sensitive issues in this YA book.
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?
But this blurb doesn’t begin to describe the depth of the life of our young protagonist. Consider these issues:
- Julia (pronounced Hoo lee ah) speaks English in the world and Spanish at home
- Her parents are grieving the loss of Julia’s sister and can’t help with her her loss
- Julia experiences sexual harassment frequently
- Insight into immigration
- Undiagnosed mental illness/suicide
- School/studying pressues
- Traditional Hispanic family pressures v Julia’s desires
There’s a lot to unpack in this book and I feel like Sanchez deftly incorporates these issues into the storyline without smacking you over the head with them and getting preachy. I appreciate that. After finishing I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter you will have a greater understanding of what it’s like to be a young Latinx woman. I wept at times; so so good! I promise you, your life will never be the same.
The issues in the book are so timely right now its hard not to see the connections. This could be any young woman’s life right now.
Also qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge.