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Adult/High School—Mila, the daughter of an ex-hippie diplomat, has settled into her Washington, DC, high school very nicely after stints in Asia, Europe, and South America. She's a straight-A cheerleader heading into her senior year in 1993 when her mother drops the bomb: she has been reassigned to Mexico City. Although intrigued by the possibility of discovering her mysteriously anonymous father, Mila is resistant and resentful of the move. Feeling insecure when faced with the ultrarich cliques of her international high school and reeling from a date rape, her good-girl, preppy self disappears as pot, Ecstasy, acid, cocaine, and peyote become part of her routine; much of the narrative is taken up with drinking in nightclubs, procuring drugs, and bribing policemen. The famously corrupt political arena becomes personal in more ways than one. The prose is dense, full of details about daily life, and the teen packs a lot of living into her senior year (yet still manages to get into Harvard). The Mila that narrates from a later date is sometimes a little too wise and philosophical, and her attitude toward the drugs and sex that punctuate the teens' lives goes quickly from shocked innocence to world-weary nonchalance. Teens who enjoy reading about the exploits of the young, rich, and virtually parentless (think "Gossip Girl") will enjoy this book.—Jenny Gasset, Orange County Public Library, CA
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“Liza Monroy, wise beyond her years, brilliantly portrays the highs and lows and loves of school life, the episodes we’ve all experienced and never forget. Spirited, harrowing, and utterly compelling, Monroy’s captivating voice will be with you long after you’ve finished reading.”
—Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
“Liza Monroy’s coming of age story set in Mexico manages to be hot, hilarious, and heartbreaking—all at the same time. A stunning debut.”
—Susan Shapiro, author of Lighting Up and Five Men Who Broke My Heart
“Liza Monroy has a magical voice, the kind that makes you want to read the next sentence and then the one after that to see what turn her writing will take next. She is observant, funny, and curiously wise about the culture we live and flounder in.”
—Daphne Merkin, author of Dreaming of Hitler and Enchantment
Colorfully written story. Not my usual type of book, but I so much enjoyed this coming of age journey and discovery book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sharron Grodzinsky
Although set in Mexico, this a good portrayal of the international school system in the Philippines as well. Good read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pen Cy
This has to be the worst book I've ever read in my life. As a mexican growing close to the social level that is depicted in this novel, I find it hilarious and to a point offensive... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Ricardo Otero Córdoba
Mrs Monroy is an excellent writer. I look forward to her future creations and wish her the best of luck.Published on September 11, 2011 by azua
This book had energy, momentum and passion. Which is probably the reason I devoured it a couple weeks. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by muhmamashop
For me, this was a pleasant, quick read. The novel was about a world I never knew existed and Monroy has a sharp eye for detail. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by K. Mccandless
There are more than a few inconsistencies in the story, that just do not match the timeline, although the author indeed attended an International High School for the Socialite' and... Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by gurehaundo
If this book were to be made into a tv series it would make the O.C. look like romper room! I couldnt stop reading this book! Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by Amazon Customer
This book is amazing!!! I read it in like 4 days and ended up buying it for like 4 other people. It was so good that I was telling everyone I know about it for the next month. Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by Intellectual