- File Size: 3233 KB
- Print Length: 217 pages
- Publisher: Clean Reads (February 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5TIBN2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sketchy Tacos Kindle Edition
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This is a coming of age story of a girl out to prove to her mother that she can be responsible, trusted and independent. In Mexico, she gets to know herself better and found strength to stand up to her mother. Only after being almost drowned in a flood, the object of rivalry between two friends, being outcast by Mexican girls of her age and sexually harassed. All these experiences force her to cling on to her faith and discover things about herself.
The theme of this story is universal. It speaks of every teenager in the world who wants to be given the chance to live life according to her terms, not her parents'. A person who painstakingly tries so hard to be appreciated by her parents and given credit for being a good kid and student. To be commended for her achievements and be allowed to pursue her passion and creative side. To decide for herself. To let her be accountable for her decisions, whether they are right or wrong. To allow her to grow and prosper.
I am not a parent yet but when I will be one, I will make sure or try my best to allow my kids to be their own persons. To let them know themselves and not restrict them with too many prohibitions. Being too strict always tend to make the kids rebel and do the opposite of what the parents want instead. To my experience, when I am treated as an adult, the more I act like a responsible one. Kids should be taught the value of integrity instead of being told they are lacking. It should be positive reinforcement instead of shooting kids down. I guess, some parents forget that they have this great power to break their children. Some do not realize this until they have crippled the spirit and broken their children's hearts. I am speaking for myself, I think in my age, I know where my parents have done their best and where they should have done more for me.
Most often, it would take an unforgettable experience for a person to come to a realization. Like Mila's mother, it took a trip to Mexico for her to realize that Mila is a good kid and trustworthy. That she is ready to go out in to the world and go after her future.
I give this 3/5 tacos. I like how Mila was empowered to be the person she wants to be. To pursue her art and use it for a good purpose. To realize her mistakes and atone for them. To choose her friends wisely and not worry about fitting in or pleasing anyone. To be just herself.
If you seek perfection, you will not allow yourself to experiment. You need to let go. Revel in the mess. It's where true beauty lies.
- Meg D. Gonzales, Sketchy Tacos -
Thank you, Kathy of ebooksforreview.com for the copy.
Through Mila, the author describes everything with an artist's eye for color and texture. These vivid descriptions, especially the kaleidoscope of colors, make us feel like we are actually there. Given their over-protective behavior, I found it hard to believe that Mila's parents allowed her to make this trip. The reasons for her mother's attitude become apparent later, but I still found them unwarranted. It was hard to warm to Mila, due to her penchant for hiding things from her parents, but my heart did break for her a few times, following the cruel behavior of her "friends". This is an inspirational story with a lot of religious references, yet the author never pushes her beliefs on the reader. Instead, the characters' religious beliefs are used to explain their actions. While both Mila and her mother make unwise choices, it's nice to see how both of them grow over the course of the summer.
Note to the author: I really wanted to see Mila's chalk sketch; it would make a nice addition to the end of the book.
Warnings: attempted sexual assault (not graphic), violence, drug references, underage drinking. Clean read, suitable for ages 14+.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
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