[Pdf epub] Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon

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  • Don't Ask Me Where I'm From
  • Jennifer De Leon
  • English
  • 23 March 2017
  • 9781534438248

Jennifer De Leon ô 5 review

review Don't Ask Me Where I'm From ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free First generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all white school But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up she must decide what she believes in and take a standFifteen year old Liliana is fine thank you very much It’s fine that her best friend Jade is all caught up in her new boyfriend lately It’s fine that her inner city high school is disorganized and underfunded It’s fine that her father took off again okay maybe that isn’t fine but what is Liliana supposed to do She’s fifteen Being left with her increasingly crazy mom Fine Her heathen little brothers Fine fine fine But it turns out yeah this wasn t ithooray for representation black rep colombian rep dominican rep salvadoran and guatemalan rep etc but other than that this book was really boringas a central american i was really excited to read this seeing centam representation in books is very rare latino representation in general is rare but especially centam rep so i couldn t wait to read about a half salvadoran half guatemalan girl adding on to that liliana is afro latina which was even cool but the excitement just wore off after page 50 or sothe book touches on many important and common issues but regardless it was really boring the rep was barely there as well mostly because liliana was not connected to her roots like at all which is very common especially for central americans because hi hello central american erasure is a thing but whether lili was a victim of central american erasure or not i couldn t tell it wasn t ever specified she didn t know her parents were undocumented and she barely mentioned how her parents were from central america so i couldn t tell the writing was also justboring easy to read through but boring read like a middle grade novel sometimes liliana was a character i did like admittedly i loved how strong she was and how she stood up for herself as a human and as a student but even with her courage and bravery i was so boredthis book is contemporary realistic fiction but i just didn t feel anything there were some moments where i could wholeheartedly relate but overall i didn t enjoy this one bit i rate books based off enjoyment and even though there were minimal realistic and relatable moments they weren t moments that changed the way i feel about the bookthis could be a fun sad important and beautiful read for others but it clearly was not a book made for me i just didn t feel it didn t connect with any of the characters and didn t feel like it was worth reading which is why i skimmed everything after page 72 april 2 2020i don t think anyone will ever understand how happy i get when central america is being represented in a young adult novel

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review Don't Ask Me Where I'm From ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ed her to thrive So what if Liliana is now going by Lili So what if she’s acting like she thinks she’s better than her old friends It’s not a big deal It’s fine But then she discovers the gutting truth about her father He’s not on one of his side trips And it isn’t that he doesn’t want to come homehe can’t He’s undocumented and he’s been deported back to Guatemala Soon nothing is fine and Lili has to make a choice She’s done trying to make her white classmates and teachers feel comfortable Done changing who she is denying her culture and where she came from They want to know where she’s from what she’s about Liliana is ready to tell the I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 3 Trigger warnings racism sexism violenceI get what the author wanted to achieve with this but it missed the markTo begin with the summary of this book leads to believe that most of the plot will center on people finding out aboit Lili s dad being deported Except that s an afterthought for the first half and the secret getting out happens at like 70% This book is really just a latina girl trying to fit in at a makorly white school in a rich suburbs There s nothing wrong with that but I wish it had been marketed as suchBut the real reason I didnt love it is the writing This kind of teen thought writing has been gaining in popularity recently and I don t love it I find it hard to immerse myself in a story that looks like a bad fanfiction written by a 15 years old Great if it pleases the teens but it makes it a dozen time difficult for me to enjoy the storyI also have a bone to pick with the double standards here It s great that Lili uestions and voices objections about racism but the author only had her react to sexism when it came from white characters though there are plenty of examples where latinx characters were sexist and in some instances obvious than that done by white characters If you re going to call out harmful behaviour be consistent It won t hurt your main objective to also point out what your own culture does wrongFinally talking about main objective it got blurred in the crowd of side plots We had Lili at school her friendship with Jade her dad being deported her mom s depression her relationship In a well executed novel all those plot lines could have worked well together Here it just felt murky and caused some of the secondary character to fall flat I have ZERO sympathy for the way Jade treated her simply because she has a boyfriend nowI applaud the intention but wished for a polished product

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review Don't Ask Me Where I'm From ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Dad did leave one thing behind besides her crazy family Before he left he signed Liliana up for a school desegregation program called METCO And she’s been accepted Being accepted into METCO however isn’t the same as being accepted at her new school In her old school Liliana half Guatemalan and half Salvadorian was part of the majority where almost everyone was a person of color But now at Westburg where almost everyone is white the struggles of being a minority are unavoidable It becomes clear that the only way to survive is to lighten up whiten up And if Dad signed her up for this program he wouldn’t have just wanted Liliana to survive he would have want I must confess I began reading this book and did not stop until I read the last word Looking back on my reading of the book made me aware of the different lenses I used throughout the story 1 First and foremost how did the story compare with my Latinx lens with a constant eye for using what I know about my culture my education my family stories or the stories of Latinx people I have met to either believe or be turned off by the writing How believable was this author Check plus There were so many true little details among the Guatemalans Dominicans Puerto Ricans or altogether the children of families who migrated to this country and live in that dual culture world2 How did the two high schools compare I have been to both and I have taught briefly in both Physical descriptions were truly believable3 Why didn t I give the book 5 stars There was one unanswered uestion bugging me throughout the book how did the family make it to pay rent pay for utilities and buy food especially since Dad wasn t around there was no family close and mom couldn t get a job Yes the mom would pick up little jobs here and there but there was no constancy in this to justify covering a family of 4 living in the city4 I liked that there was no dreamy ending with race relations at school but just a seed that was planted the paper markers mural It s up to all of us to make a change5 Would I buy this book for our library and recommend it to teachers and students Yes Thanks to NetGalley for bringing my attention to this book and sharing it with me