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Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico Paperback – July 29, 2008
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (July 29, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0689878125
- ISBN-13 : 978-0689878121
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Lexile measure : 670L
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #610,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sofi Mendoza is a senior in high school growing up in California. Frustrated by her overprotective parents' strict (and often unreasonable) rules, she tells them she'll be at a friend's house for the weekend and heads south across the border into Mexico to party at the vacation home of her crush's parents with some friends. Caught between two cultures: the Mexican one everybody assumes she identifies with due to her background and appearance, and the American one she claims as her own, Sofi unwittingly embarks on a journey of self discovery. What started out as an unsupervised party weekend filled with beer and prospects of making out turns into a much more serious self-examination of her personal identity, values, culture, heritage, and lifestyle when Sofi attempts to re-enter the United States with her friends, only to discover that her green card is a fake.
Marooned in Mexico with an aunt, uncle, and cousins she has never met, Sofi is furious and heartbroken. With little in the way of material resources, she's forced to summon personal strength she didn't know she had while trying not to focus on missing the Senior Class Trip, Prom, Finals Week, and Graduation. But tempering those disappointments is the perspective of her newfound relatives, whose main concerns are staying safe and functioning without clean running water, constant electricity, phones, or any of the other conveniences and creature comforts Sofi has grown up taking for granted.
Alegria peppers the story of Sofi's adventure with many Spanish words and phrases, for which there is a glossary in the back. The natural rhythm of the manuscript pairs wonderfully with these cultural inclusions, which bring the setting of Mexico to life. My only complaint there is that footnotes with the translations would've been more user-friendly, or the glossary could've at least been placed at the front of the book (as with Aussie slang in Tomorrow, When The War Began), because I read the entire novel before discovering it.
If you enjoy YA travel novels, examinations of cultural identity, and huge amounts of character growth, Sofi Mendoza's Guide To Getting Lost In Mexico is for you.
Just when Sofi thought everything was perfect, her overprotective parents say she can't go. But that doesn't stop her -- after she tells her parents a lie, she heads straight to the party.
After the party, Sofi and a group of her friends decide to make a quick trip to Tijuana and make it back before morning, but little do they know that everyone will return, except for Sofi!
The only thing stopping her is the green card she has. Well, the counterfeit one. While her parents do the necessary paperwork, Sofi ends up staying with her aunt and cousins. Spending her time working on their ranch, living in their house with no electricity, Sofi finds a new love. By the time she falls head over heels, her paperwork gets completed and Sofi is on her way home.
But will the romance continue? Will she learn what life is really all about, and will she finally understand why her parents care so much?
You'll have to find out the answers yourself when you read SOFI MENDOZA'S GUIDE TO GETTING LOST IN MEXICO!
Reviewed by: Cho