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“This book will change everything. . . . A perfect book about imperfection.” —Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States
 
“A wonderfully complex and interesting character.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
 
“Blistering. Julia’s persona rockets off the page and into your face from the get-go.” —Christian Science Monitor
 
“If you ever wanted to [understand] the harsh truths of immigrant life, this is the book you need to read.” —Bustle
 
“As poignant as it is incisive.” —AV Club
 
“An earnest and heartfelt tale.” —Booklist
 
“A timely and must-have account of survival in a culturally contested world.” —SLJ, Starred
 
“Beautifully written.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred

"Ultimately, it’s Julia herself who’s the key to the novel... She’ll resonate with many readers, and they’ll be glad to see her make it through a tough time." The Bulletin, starred review

About the Author

Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, a feminist, and a cheerleader for young women everywhere. She was the sex and love advice columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas for three years, and her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, and the Paris Review. Since she was a twelve-year-old nerd in giant bifocals and embroidered vests, Erika has dreamed of writing complex, empowering stories about girls of color—what she wanted to read as a young adult. She lives in Chicago, not far from the setting of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Erika is fluent in Spanish, Spanglish, and cat. You can find out more about her at erikalsanchez.com or by following @ErikaLSanchez on Twitter.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ember; Reprint edition (March 5, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524700517
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1524700515
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 - 17 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ HL730L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 9 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.56 x 0.79 x 8.31 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a FirstGen millennial woman, this book will really speak to your heart
By MinimalGrace on January 15, 2018
The book was such a pleasure to read! I grew up in Mcallen, Texas and had to confront many of the same issues/challenges Julia confronts. The book perfectly describes so many of my struggles! I had never read a book that shed light on the challenges of low income women trying desperately to escape from the grasp of traditional ideals and poverty. If you grew up “low income” in an immigrant family, and then got out by going to college - this book will really speak to your heart! Highly recommend! It’s really a treat to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RAW MEXICAN STORY
By Lillian Jamfar on July 30, 2020
This book right here. The familiarity the author shared using Julia (main character) in her home, with her background, just made me feel like she spoke using my life. The life of many Mexican families, families of our neighborhood. From her immigrant parents, their poverty struggles, the shaming and secrets kept within the family, and feeling like you didn’t belong in your own home. This novel hit a spot, I couldn’t put it down. Read it in 3 days. There was a twist, many twists, a mystery that was uncovered in the end that kept me interested. *WARNING* The book spoke about suicidal, body shaming, sex, teen pregnancy, death, racism, sexual assault, trauma many people endured escaping Mexico, sharing so many traditional Mexican food, the culture was everywhere!!! I was laughing, crying, gasping, crying, laughing some more and cursing a lot lol. If you haven’t heard about it, grab it, tell your friends. This book was an easy read 10/10. Thank you Erika for creating a beautiful raw story that resonated with me from beginning to end!
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Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
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Nadia Jafar
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many swear words for teens to read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2020
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Sarah J
4.0 out of 5 stars Sehr gutes Buch in mittelprächtigem Format
Reviewed in Germany on June 19, 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sehr gutes Buch in mittelprächtigem Format
Reviewed in Germany on June 19, 2021
Den Inhalt möchte ich hier nicht wiederholen. Er ist in der Beschreibung zu finden.
Der Schreibstil ist flüssig, und auch für Nicht-Englischmuttersprachler recht gut zu verstehen, da es sich um ein Jugendbuch handelt. Die Autorin lässt manchmal ein spanisches Wort einfließen, schließlich sind alle Charaktere Mexican Americans. Das stört aber nicht, weil es bekannte Wörter wie señora oder sie erklärt das Wort anschließend. Das Buch gibt ein eindrückliches Bild davon, wie eine Familie mit dem Tod einer Tochter/Schwester umgeht, wie die vermeintliche Idealvorstellung einer Tochter aussieht und was es heißt, als Tochter einer mexikanischen Mutter aufzuwachsen.
Das Buch hat mir wirklich gut gefallen!

Ausgabe/Format: Für das Format möchte ich eigentlich 2 Sterne abziehen, aber 3 Sterne sind für den Roman zu wenig! Die Fotos zeigen, wie klein die Ausgabe ist (ca. 10x8 cm/ungefähr Din A 6). Das Format passt also in jede Tasche, was an sich nicht schlecht ist, aber sehr ungewöhnlich. Noch störender empfand ich die Innenseiten. Ich hatte mich schon gewundert, dass das Buch über 600 Seiten hat. Das liegt daran, dass das Buch um 90° gedreht werden muss und eine Doppelseite dann von oben nach unten beschrieben ist. Man klappt also von unten nach oben um, nicht von rechts nach links. Die Blätter sind pergamentdünn, wie bei einem Telefonbuch. So klappt man häufig zwei Seiten um und vor allem, scheint häufig die nächste Seite schon durch.
Der Druck wurde auch nicht gründlich gesetzt oder anschließend nicht mehr kontrolliert, immer wieder fehlen Leerzeichen und zwei Wörter sind zusammengeschrieben, was in einer Fremdsprache noch verwirrender ist als in der Muttersprache.

In einer anderen Ausgabe hätte ich dem Buch 5* gegeben!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rapidez y excelente servicio
Reviewed in Mexico on January 13, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesante
Reviewed in Mexico on September 30, 2018
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