"Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass." That’s what some girl tells Piddy Sanchez one morning before school. Too bad Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui Delgado is, let alone what she’s done to piss her off. All Piddy knows is that Yaqui hates her - and she better watch her back because Yaqui isn’t kidding around. At first Piddy just focuses on trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off and running away from her problems?
In this poignant and all-too-realistic story from award-winning author Meg Medina, Piddy is forced to decide exactly who she is versus who others are trying to make her become - and ultimately discovers a rhythm that is all her own.
©2013 Meg Medina (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I liked it but at times it turned a little preachy. I really enjoyed the part where Piedad starts transforming into her mother's worst nightmare but I thought if she got out of it too soon, perhaps a little bit more of the darkness could've been explored. Still it might be helpful for kids in that same situation. I missed knowing a little bit more about Jackie too, And wonder what life was going to be for her in the world. Still it was entertaining and a different take on the experience of being Latino in the United States.
I liked this book mostly because of the protagonist, Piddy. I found her to be very relatable. Growing up being a victim of bullying myself, her experience almost echoed mines, only the physical abuse was nowhere near as bad as hers. With that being said, she was really the only character I liked. I found her mother insufferable and I honestly didn't blame Piddy for not confiding in her. The character of Lila, I guess, was suppose to be something of a cool aunt type but I didn't care for her either. And Piddy's love interest came off more creepy and slightly grotesque than anything. But maybe I could blame the narrator's voice she used for that.
I get the point of what the author was trying to do with this story. It's a coming of age story hidden as a narrative about bullying and it's works because sometimes finding out who you are comes from being put in situations that make you question how you want the world to see you. If I have one complaint is that just because your story is written in the first person doesn't mean that your protagonist should be the only likable and relatable character. I've read plenty of first person POV books where I loved and related to other characters besides the main character. Everyone besides Piddy felt more like fillers for something.
This is a great book that I feel teenaged girls should read, especially young women of color because the narrative about cultural identity rings true for me too. Although I'm not Spanish, I think alot of teen girls of color have been faced with the "Am I (insert ethnicity here) enough" because somebody somewhere during their growing up experience gave them a hard time about not fitting an ethnic stereotype. I really liked this book, but I didn't love it but it is a good read, especially if your a victim of bullying.
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