It’s time to discuss our spring book selection for the Read With Us book club and this time we’re doing things a bit differently. We still want the discussion to take place in the comments but Bonny and Kym and I are all asking one question today rather than taking turns and spreading this out over several weeks as we have in the past. We’re also seriously considering a Zoom meeting to have a live discussion of the book.
As you may recall (and have hopefully read) our spring book is I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez , a YA book set in Chicago, about Julia, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, and her struggles to come to terms with her sister’s death and her parents expectations for her life. The book was nominated for several awards, including being a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature, and it was given the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award in 2018.
This is the review I wrote on GoodReads:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I truly enjoyed this YA book about Julia, a Mexican teenager living in Chicago and struggling with the loss of her sister and dealing with her immigrant parents. The setting feels alive to me and the descriptions of Chicago in the winter and the scenery in Mexico are great. A realistic coming-of-age story with a tiny bit of mystery thrown in, I recommend this for those who like the genre.
And here is the question I want you to consider:
This book begins in Chicago, a melting pot of American cultures. Then we travel to Mexico where Julia’s parents are from. Which setting did you enjoy the most? What did you think about the contrast between the settings and the cultures?
I am a reader who relishes a well described setting. I love a book that makes me feel like I’m right there in the story, whether it’s being hot and thirsty in the desert or enjoying a fabulous meal with a view of the ocean. And for me, the two settings in this book felt very authentic and true. I’ve been to Chicago and could picture some of the places Julia describes. I’ve also been to Mexico and have strayed out of the tourist areas into some neighborhoods where people actually live. I had those in mind when Julia visited her family and it helped me to visualize it and relate to it. I don’t want to say more because I want to hear what you have to say about this question so please comment and after you comment come back and read what others have to say, too.
Thanks for Reading With Us!