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The First Rule of Punk Hardcover – August 22, 2017
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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK:
"A charming debut about a thoughtful, creative preteen connecting to both halves of her identity."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Those who enjoy vivacious, plucky heroines... will eagerly embrace Malu."
—School Library Journal (starred review)
"Pérez’s debut is as exuberant as its heroine... A rowdy reminder that people are at their best when they aren’t forced into neat, tidy boxes."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Extremely relatable and creatively inspiring, with a voice that is equal parts witty and sharp."
"In The First Rule of Punk, Celia C. Pérez brings us Malú, a girl whose talents are as diverse as the images and words she snips for her zines. Malú is an irrepressible force, one that readers will long remember."
—Diana López, author of Confetti Girl and Nothing Up My Sleeve
About the Author
Celia C. Pérez has been making zines inspired by punk and her love of writing for longer than some of you have been alive. Her favorite zine supplies are a long-arm stapler, glue sticks, and watercolor pencils. She still listens to punk music, and she’ll never stop picking cilantro out of her food at restaurants. Originally from Miami, Florida, Celia lives in Chicago with her family and works as a community college librarian. She owns two sets of worry dolls because you can never have too many. The First Rule of Punk is her first book for young readers.
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This isn't *my* story, but every weirdo out there will connect with this tween and her desire to be herself AND connect with all of her heritage and passions in life.
I'll be honest: this book is so ridiculously my type of book that I was unspeakably giddy the whole time I was reading it. If you are a fan of spunky main characters who are finding their way and find their people despite (or because of) their parents' influences, arts/crafts/zines/glue sticks, Chuck Taylors, tights, musical references, coffee references, delicious food references, and Beverly Cleary references, then you will also love this book.
But who cares about me? I'm a grownup! My 9-year-old daughter read this book and ADORED it, and is now super into collaging and gluing and zine-esque journaling. She loved it so much that our copy is full of post-it notes marking her favorite pages.
Malú’s struggles really highlight the unrealistic expectations that are placed upon children of color. Malú is called a “coco” (brown on the outside, white on the inside), by her classmate Selena, the perfect example of a Mexican child. Unlike Selena, Malú doesn’t speak Spanish perfectly, she doesn’t like cilantro, doesn’t enjoy traditional Mexican dancing; basically doesn’t do things that are “expected” from a Mexican child. But does this make Malú any less Mexican?
Of course, there’s more to the story than this. This book isn’t only about identity and culture, but about friendship and finding your place. We see Malú’s character develop throughout the story while she makes new friends and meets more Mexican people and role models who help her understand her struggles.
I think that this book really shows how representation is important, as we see how much Malú starts to reevaluate her life once she meets more people who are actually like her and she sees all the possibilities of what she can be.
While being middle grade, this book never feels to me like it’s too “juvenile” or “childish”; yes, the main character is 12 years old, but the story is written in such a way that it’s difficult not to get sucked in. Malú’s narrative voice is honest and a little bit sarcastic, which made a lot of situations both relatable and completely hilarious. I definitely recommend this book to anyone, because it’s fun and refreshing while also dealing with serious issues such as culture and being yourself.
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