I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

People, Identity & Culture
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Erika L. Sánchez
Age Group:
14 and up
Knopf Books for Young Readers
People, Identity & Culture

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 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 boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out.

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