I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

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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.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017.
ISBN: 9781524700485
Branch Call Number: TF SAN
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 22 cm.


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Finalist- National Book Award

When Olga, the perfect Mexican daughter, dies, younger sister Julia discovers that maybe Olga was not as perfect as she always believed.

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Groszerita May 26, 2019

I love this book. Love it. I want to own it. I want to reread it again and again and again. So many different topics - mother and daughter relationship, sister relationship, death, expectations from family, suicide, tragedy, immigration, border crossing, what else? Love.

samcmar Dec 05, 2018

There is a reason this book has won so many awards. "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" had been shook from beginning to end. It has an amazing portrayal of a family's grief and the kind of emotional monster it be. Julia is a protagonist I really connected with, especially in her times of anger and contempt. This is a very powerful story about family, connection and the twists and turns in this book WRECKED ME. This book is powerful, intelligent, and should not be missed.

LPL_EricaS Nov 05, 2018

Olga was a perfect daughter until an accident took her life. Julia, wrapped in grief that often comes out as disrespect and spite, focuses on how she was different than her older sister and how she will never follow in the footsteps of an obedient daughter. She will graduate high school, move out of their cockroach infested apartment in Chicago, go to college in another state, become a writer, and never look back. When she stumbles upon some scandalous belongings in her late sisters room, her focus shifts to finding out just what was going on in Olga's perhaps not so saintly life. Outings with a boy named Connor or her best friend Lorena and plans for a quinceañera she never wanted sometimes help lighten her demeanor and let her shed some of her hard exterior. You will root for her to be more accepting of life and to let go of her pain.

Oct 29, 2018

Many of the themes treated in the book are serious and "unpleasant" but the author has managed to build a good plot to talk about them. When I go back overseas, I will probably read this with my students.

CedarMill_MarkR Aug 24, 2018

Julia's sister died and it has thrown her family into a tailspin. Julia struggles against her Mexican parent's expectations, her grief, and what society expects her to be as she searches for answers about a sister she may not have known so well. This is a searing look at a teenage girl struggling with so many expectations as she carves out a unique identity for herself. She is not always likable but she is definitely real. A good read.

May 12, 2018

I'm always finding myself combing through book shelfs searching for my next favourite YA novel and in my search, I stubbled across I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. The book's about a girl named Julia, as she tries to find her way in the world while dealing with the death of her sister who she barely knew. With their family torn apart by her death, Julia soon discovers that her sister's life may not have been as perfect as she had once thought. I found myself become attached to Julia, especially in the beginning with her light hearted jokes that left me smiling like crazy as some points. Still, this book deals with some sensitive subjects such as depression, suicide, and racial discrimination all of which are important topics to talk about. I did however find the ending fairly predictable and left things unresolved. Overall, it was a good rainy day read, definitely makes you stop to think after. - @Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 21, 2018

Julia struggles to process the sudden death of her sister Olga and stumbles upon a mystery in the process. I enjoyed Julia's voice and no non-sense attitude.

Apr 14, 2018

I read this for the #ownvoices category of my 2018 reading challenge and absolutely loved it. Sánchez writes so authentically about depression, love and families. The added bonus was reading about a Mexican immigrant experience. I cried and laughed and cried some more.

OPL_AmyW Apr 05, 2018

Told from the point of view of Julia, a teenage girl who has recently lost her older sister in a freak accident, this book manages to accurately portray depression and mental illness as well as the experiences of a first generation American teenager, born to Mexican parents. I was most impressed with how honest Julia's voice felt. Despite covering some very devastating subject matter, the novel allows readers to feel sympathy for the characters without becoming emotionally overwrought because it is told from Julie's somewhat detached and depressed point of view.

Dec 06, 2017

There is no shortage of teenage angst and other various YA tropes in this novel. However, between the episodes of attitude and anger we get little glimpses of the sweet, creative and sensitive girl that Julia is. It was enough to keep me reading and I felt somewhat satisfied with the way things resolved. For me, the real appeal of this story was the way it highlighted certain aspects of Mexican culture which I found both interesting and endearing. Knowing that I am not the target market for this book, I would like to say that I would recommend this to a teen, especially a younger one. I think it could be a powerful reading experience for the right reader.

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Mar 21, 2019

I read the book I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Julia has a very typical mexican family. A lot of aunts,uncles, cousins and of course you can’t forget people she has never even met that are somehow related to her. Julia and Olga are sisters. They have a typical sister bond, but they use to be so close when they were smaller. Now Olga has always been the favorite of everyone and Julia hasn’t. Julia always thinks about that when they go to family gatherings or important events. A very shocking thing happened to Julia’s family and now everything seems like is going downhill.


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