- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (August 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062486462
- ISBN-13: 978-0062486462
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top customer reviews
I was excited to dive into this one because of the evident diversity. It’s something that I’m really looking to read more about, so I was glad that this was packed full of it. Really.
Daria is in a group with her three friends - Kurt, Joy, and Caroline - and they call each other the Authentics because they claim they aren’t fake. They don’t tell lies. They are themselves amongst plastic people in Los Angeles. It all changes when she finds out from a DNA test that she has ancestry in Mexico - 50% of it. So, who is she?
I really liked Daria’s character. She is only fifteen years old and the way she tries to handle every piece of chaos around her shows that she is well beyond her years. She has a mother that seems to care too much about labels and appearance. Her brother is gay, married, and expecting a child. Her father is really the only normal one. She's never been kissed and she struggles with her appearance like any normal teenager. However, the things that she goes through in this novel are really heavy and it was very fulfilling to read through her journey and how she conquers everything. Her mind is older than her age and it’s simply a breath of fresh air.
The diversity in this novel is just amazing. We have a collective amount of cultures in one novel, different sexualities, different attitudes. I have never seen so much diversity in one book and, thankfully, it’s not all piled in there like a mess of mashed potatoes (it just came to me, don’t ask). If you’re looking for a good book with diversity and one that will make you think, you’ve got it right here. It’s truly a vision and something to think about.
So, why does it have four stars?
Well, there is a section in the novel where she meets Iglesias, a talented graffiti artist who she obviously has a connection with. However, his character building - especially with her - is something I didn’t really appreciate. What I mean to say is that I felt its “resolution” was dry and something considered “unimportant” to the author. I’m not trying to make accusations, but I feel like it should have been changed. It might just be me that thinks this.
However, regardless of that matter, I still award this upcoming novel a rave review because it makes you think about other people around you, their cultures, your differences, and even what could be going on in their life that you never thought of. I can tell this will be a good one for fans of diversified reads.
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