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Read With Us: The Spring Selection Announcement

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:

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

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!


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  1. Latinx make us a significant portion of the community I grew up in, so I’ll be interested in seeing how this matches what I knew from friends. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. I read it quickly when we were considering it, and am anxious to go back and read it more carefully. I’ll be especially excited to discuss it with everyone!

  3. I know, SPRING! I am so excited for spring, more so this year than most years. I just downloaded my copy from the library, and as I told Bonny, I really appreciate the huge notice you guys gave this time. It is in my reading queue, so I will be ready for discussion.

  4. This sounds like a great story. Will mark my calendar for this discussion since I missed the last one.

  5. I added it to my list at my library. Have 2 books out now but will read it closer to May.

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