I just typed that title and felt a little thrill because spring. And also because I’m truly enjoying this Read With Us journey with Bonny, Kym, and all of you! Today we are announcing our next book for discussion and it is:
Here’s the summary from GoodReads:
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.
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 kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?
The book came out in 2017, it’s 344 pages long, and it’s a fiction. To clarify further, it’s YA fiction. We chose it for a myriad of reasons but in large part because it’s recommended as a valid portrayal of what it’s like to be Mexican American. It should be readily available at your library, from Overdrive, or for purchase. The first discussion will take place on May 5th.
We hope you’re excited to Read With Us again this time!