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"Regretting You" by Colleen Hoover
From New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters. | Learn more
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 14.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1545567948
- ISBN-13 : 978-1545567944
- Paperback : 382 pages
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.96 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (May 16, 2017)
- Language: : English
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#1,522,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,378 in Hispanic American Literature & Fiction
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The story includes an abundant amount of Spanish terms and dialogue and corresponding footnotes with English translations. I can appreciate the authenticity this brings to the story, and I'm not unaccustomed to books that require some language translation, but the frequency of footnoted words, phrases, and sentences was personally distracting for me here. Though it may not be as much of an issue while I'm reading nonfiction, frequent footnotes tend to hinder the flow of fiction reading for me. Even so, my familiarity with Spanish helped me not to feel too lost as I read.
There was a time or two when the story almost felt "keyword conscious" about the issues raised, maybe not as natural, but the humanness of the main characters would make up for it.
Although I only finished about half of this novel, I picked it up believing it to be an important and timely book, and I still believe so.
As posting a review here requires a rating, my rating of this book is based only on the portion I read.
The story takes place in Roanoke, Virginia, and follows three main characters.
I felt for all three in their plights to make the best of some bad situations and keep their faith in an unforgiving world. And I loved how relatable they all are, even though I thankfully haven’t been in any of their situations. Though all three come from different places, they’re all kind of in the same boat.
Tim is a born-and-raised American who was doing quite well for himself before he was laid off. He and his wife belong to a country club, and their children attended private school, until the family couldn’t afford it anymore.
Juanita is a foreigner who can’t read, knows little English, and has few marketable skills, but still works her knuckles to the bone to provide for her daughter.
And Linda, a smart, hard-working college student has dreams of landing a great job, like her peers. She’s top in her class, she works early mornings, nights, and weekends, and all she knows is Virginia -- but as an undocumented immigrant, she's not a legit American.
Despite their differences, society doesn’t want any of them. Nobody wants Linda, an undocumented student “freeloading” off our public school system and “stealing all our jobs.” Nobody wants Juanita, who “can’t even speak English properly” and didn’t come here “the legal way.” And nobody wants Tim, an executive-turned-mechanic who reminds us all of how very short the distance is between prosperity and bankruptcy.
Society might not want them, but it needs them.
Before reading this, I knew almost nothing about undocumented immigrants or the Dream Act, or what it might be like to live in communities of immigrants (both legal and not.) I didn’t know undocumented immigrants could attend college in the U.S. It didn’t occur to me that someone living here since early childhood is still in danger, at any moment, of being deported back to a country they don’t remember, and where they don’t know anyone, have any money, or even know the language anymore.
I'd also forgotten, as maybe a lot of us have, that although our economy is growing, there are still so many people out of work and struggling to make ends meet.
At its simplest level, this book tells one heckuva good story. But at its best, it makes you think, it teaches you something, and it’s desperately needed for our times.