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Definitely Hispanic

Essays on Growing Up Latino and Celebrating What Unites Us
Narrated by: LeJuan James
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
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Perfect for fans of Fresh Off the Boat’s situational humor and Jane the Virgin’s celebration of Latinidad, Definitely Hispanic is a collection of introspective memoiristic essays by social media influencer and viral phenomenon LeJuan James about growing up Hispanic in the US.

LeJuan James loves being Hispanic. But growing up in the US to immigrant parents, he quickly noticed their house rules and traditions didn’t always match up with his friends’. The result was a lifetime of laugh-out-loud relatable content for his videos. After half a decade of reenacting his experiences online, LeJuan is taking a closer look at everything he loves about his family’s culture.

Definitely Hispanic is a collection of heartfelt memoiristic essays that explores the themes LeJuan touches upon in his videos and celebrates the values and traditions being kept alive by Hispanic parents raising US-born children. He shares anecdotes about discovering the differences between his and his friends’ households, demystifies “La Pela” (the Spanking), explains the vital role women play in Hispanic families, and pays reverence to universal cultural truths like food is love and music is in Hispanics’ DNA.

From "#Home", where he talks about how his family moved back and forth between the US and Puerto Rico until settling in Orlando, FL, to "#TheHouse", when he was finally able to buy his parents the home they deserve thanks to his online success; this wide-ranging collection of essays will resonate with fans of all ages who feel like they straddle the line between two (or more) cultures, languages, and/or identities.

©2019 LeJuan James (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Amazing...

I laughed, I cried, and saw my own life reflected in this story...keep on bringing us your talent LeJuan...we need more of this in today’s world!!

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Super Proud of You Juan :)

Like WoooooooW!! Super proud of you Lejuan. As a Dominican American person that I am I'm really truly Happy & Proud of you.

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Hits home

Awesome book that took me back to my childhood while confirming that all my nutty habits is in bedded in my blood. Hahha

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I laughed and I cried and relived moments...

It was like reliving excerpts from my youth! So proud of this fellow latino and his accomplishments this far! Sigue palante!

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Awesome

I related to so much in this book! I laughed so hard. Great read and an awesome listen.

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Fantastic

Great book. Great storytelling. It brought back memories my childhood and I’m 50 years old. Le Juan has proven once again that he can produce great videos and now a great book. A MUST TEAD/ LISTEN.

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Absolutely loved it!!

LeJuan is such an inspiration and does an amazing job with this book sharing the beauty of Latino culture. Nicely done and I hope he publishes again!!! Listened to the whole thing in one day.

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Relatable

I loved the book. I can totally identify with you. I immigrated to this country at the age of 11 yrs old, and I couldn’t understand why all the kids around me were allowed to have sleepovers except me! I also married a white man, who didn’t really accept my culture fully, and He passed that on to our children. So, I shared some chapters with my “American” born children who don’t quite get why I’m the way that I’m..... Like Saving things for future use, and how important “Respect” is to me as Latina. I have not changed. I’m proud to be Latina. But it’s very difficult to be in the middle of two generations of Estado Unidense. Mi ex-esposo antes y ahora mis hijos. Y por el otro lado a mis padres que son Latinoamericanos. Te deseo lo mejor LeJuan James. Disfruto mucho tus vídeos que no se necesita ser vulgar para ser cómico y tener una gran audiencia. Sigue siendo humilde porque al humilde Dios lo ensalza pero al arrogante Dios lo humilla. (Lucas 18:14) Bendición!

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Definitely Hispanic

LeJuan did a great job talking about what Hispanics go through growing up in America. Every chapter through back so many memories. Thank you for all the laughs, and thank you for staying so humble. God is great! ❤️

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Wonderful depiction

I enjoyed listening to your story, it is absolutely relatable. I found myself laughing out loud and relating to your stories. It brought back memories from childhood and my abuelita. Thank you for this small depiction into our Hispanic culture.