The characters were believable. The dark, painfully realistic plot was poignant. I recommend this book and transporting yourself to a glimpse of the those born in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
I remember a different English class at my school had students reading this book during 8th grade. I loved This Is How You Lose Her and Drown so I assumed this would be revelatory if it was good enough to be required reading, but I don't quite get the hype. It's good, but not astounding?
Also the narrator randomly switches to a southern drawl-y voice midway through the book as though he forgot which character or book this is and it's pretty irritating haha. But otherwise everything's great! Just not 5 stars great.
Tells about the legacy of the Trujillo dictatorship, the DR immigrant experience and loads of Spanish slang. The story I found to be lacking and ended weakly. Maybe comic book nerds like this story better. I can't see it being worthy of the Pulitzer.