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Mexican WhiteBoy Paperback – January 12, 2010
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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 when I was in high school and lined to have this book. I expected a torn up book because of price but upon arrival every page was intact and just add I remember... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mystica
my favorite book, could relate to the main character.
I character has feeling and thoughts we all feel when looking at the future. Read more
I loved this book I couldn't put it down once I started reading it warning there is a decent amount of swearing in itPublished 2 months ago by tyler
Predictable. I think the author should think about the language he uses.Published 4 months ago by Anna K
I loved this book. I was reading another YA book at the same time with my English classes, but I liked this one enough that I abandoned the first book and finished this one first. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adviser
I loved this book! If you are a baseball fan you will love it even more!Published 9 months ago by rosalinda lam