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Mexican WhiteBoy Paperback – January 12, 2010
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His short fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, NPR.org and various literary journals, including Pacific Review, The Vincent Brothers Review, Chiricú, Two Girls' Review, The George Mason Review, and The Allegheny Review. De la Peña received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing. You can visit Matt and find out more about his books at mattdelapena.com and follow him on Twitter at @mattdelapena.
Top Customer Reviews
The word he is getting at is "money," or some variation thereof, and the setting for his sermon is San Diego County, one of America's many cultural conundrums, where well-to-do whites inhabit plush beachfront property just miles from the border with impoverished Tijuana. De la Peña explored poverty in his previous book, "Ball Don't Lie," but this time he probes deeper, suggesting that the forces that divide us are far more complicated than class and race combined. Instead, all Americans reside on a hazy border between confusion and self-realization.
Raised by his white mother but sent to live with his father's Mexican family for the summer, title character Danny is caught between two worlds and two identities. At his upscale prep school where he was cut from the baseball team - because, in spite of his powerful pitching arm, he tends to choke on the mound - he is a "lowly" Mexican. But here, in a poor Hispanic neighborhood, he's a white boy with a brilliant mind (though he rarely speaks it) and a bright future.
During his stay, Danny befriends Uno, whose father is black and whose mother is Mexican. Both boys long for their fathers. Danny's is supposedly in Mexico; Uno's is a few hours north in Oxnard.Read more ›
My favorite part of this text was the dialogue amongst the kids. De La Pena does a good job of writing teenages who speak like teenagers. I often found myself smiling while reading the kids ribbing on each other. I felt like I became part of their group of friends. Danny also deals with self-harm, which I think is a very important topic to broach with today's youth. I appreciated that Mexican Whiteboy has an example of a male dealing with self-harm, which is a struggle usually associated with girls. This text shows a likable, athletic, boy dealing with trauma and emotions, something that is often ignored or discouraged in young men.
And this is a definitely a text aimed at young men. If, like me, you are not particularly interested in baseball (or even sports in general) you can often feel like the novel is dragging a little. However, I would definitely recommend it to boys, especially ones dealing with anxiety or other emotional issues. I think this text could really help a young person feel less alone.
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I loved this book! If you are a baseball fan you will love it even more!Published 3 months ago by rosalinda lam
This was one of those books that I didn’t like the first time I read it, but I loved the second time through. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vamos a Leer
Matt de la Pena has been one of those authors that I have been meaning to read but kept putting him on the back burner. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sofia G.
Mexican WhiteBoy is a touching and realistic story about the struggles of being a cultural misfit. Danny doesn't fit in to his mother's white community, or the exclusive private... Read morePublished 19 months ago by PDXbibliophile
Matt de la Peña writes amazing books that appear on the surface to be about sports, but are clearly always much deeper then that. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Miss Riki
"I feel lika mexican with white people and white per son with mexican." it is a good book but it is had to understand it is saying 3 story at the same timePublished on December 16, 2013 by Stacia Wegner
Real life of usa immigrant. very good for teen who will identify with this literature job. Should use high vocabulary level to help with the sat test.Published on August 6, 2013 by niurka