Just Like Us

Just Like Us

The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America

Book - 2009
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Written by a gifted journalist, a powerful account of four young Mexican women coming of age in Denver--two of whom have legal documentation, two of whom who don't-- and the challenges they face as they attempt to pursue the American dream.

J ust Like Us takes readers on a compelling journey with four young Mexican-American women who have lived in the U.S. since childhood. Exploring not only the women's personal life stories, this book also delves deep into an American subculture and the complex and controversial politics that surround the issue of immigration.

The story opens on the eve of the girls' senior prom in Denver, Colorado. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States, all four want to make it into college and succeed, but only two have immigration papers. Meanwhile, after a Mexican immigrant shoots and kills a local police officer, Colorado becomes the place where national argu- ments over immigration rage most fiercely. As the girls' lives play out against this backdrop of intense debate over whether they have any right to live here, readers will gain remarkable insight into both the power players and the most vulnerable members of society as they grapple with understanding one of the most complicated social issues of our times.

Moving, timely, and passionately told, Just Like Us is a riv- eting story about girlhood, friendship, identity, and survival.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416538936
Characteristics: viii, 387 p. ; 24 cm.


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DBRL_ReginaF Jul 10, 2018

Even after the Dream Act, it seems that this topic is just becoming more relevant rather than less. The comparative struggles of immigrants to first generation Americans is stark. These four young women were so similar. They were all high achieving and basically lived the "American" lifestyle. The difference was that two were here legally and two were brought here as very young children.

ArapahoeAlison Jun 12, 2017

This non-fiction book follows four young Mexican-American women. Two were born in the United States and two were undocumented. These women are all high-achieving students but the undocumented students must face an uncertain future as they struggle to afford college and advance in American culture. An eye-opening read that takes place in Denver.


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