April 23, 2018

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez | SLJ Audio Review

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redstarSÁNCHEZ, Erika L. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. 8 CDs. 9:41 hrs. Listening Library. Oct. 2017. $60. ISBN 9781524782245. digital download.

Gr 10 Up–Olga was always the good girl. She stayed home after high school, got a job as a receptionist, took classes at the local college, and always helped her family—until she died in a car crash. Her family is left in pieces as they try to navigate life without their beloved daughter. Julia, her younger sister, is complex, smart, and opinionated. She has no desire to clean or learn how to cook and can’t wait to move out. Julia spends her nights sifting through Olga’s room and uncovers small clues that make her believe that Olga wasn’t exactly who she thought she was. Kyla Garcia’s narration creates a rich cast of characters, and Sanchez’s writing is spot-on with her depiction of teenage life that is timeless. This story will resonate with many listeners who have felt lonely within their own families. VERDICT This coming-of-age story about acceptance of yourself, as well as your family and culture, is a definite purchase.–Katie Llera, Bound Brook High School, NJ

This review was published in the School Library Journal April 2018 issue.

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