Benjamin Alire Sáenz is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors. This may be one of the best YA books I've ever read, my top 5 for sure. It hit me on such an emotional level like no other book has ever done before. It may have been the fact that almost all the characters in the book were Mexican-American and that somehow made it more personal since I myself am Mexican-American. And that kids is why representation matters. I think anyone can fully appreciate this book though, that just made it
This coming of age story captures the essence of growing up as Mexican-American teenager in the 1960’s and conveys the reality of dealing with issues such as sex, violence, drugs, racism, discrimination, sexuality, religion and death. Sammy, an introverted and pensive teenager lives in the Hollywood barrio in New Mexico with his father and little sister. Before the start of his senior year, he falls in love with Juliana Rios. But before school starts, she is brutally murdered be her own father.
I loved this book. I`m Mexican so I had no problem reading this book at all. I loved Sammy and all the characters in the story. His story was so real and you felt like you actually knew him. The writing was excellent and the plot was great. But I didn`t like how all these bad things kept happening to Sammy. And there really wasn`t a happy ending. Although he is very smart, he goes to a community college and takes care of his sister after his Dad dies. And he is the only one of his friends to sta
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