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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 love the story, laughter, cry and past memories.

I loved the stories. It reminded me of growing up Hispanic. Highly recommend this audio and the book. Thank you!

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Laugh until you cry

As Americanized as I thought I was I realized I am definitely Latina! The spirit of my abulita, tias and Parent’s runs deep in my DNA and yes deep in my sons. This was a celebration of identity indeed.

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Orgullo Latino!!! A MUST hear!

OMG!!! I am SO happy I decided to get this book in the audio version!!!! Hearing LeJuan’s story straight from his mouth truly tugged at my heart in SO many different ways. It was nostalgic, relatable, funny, heartwarming, sincere, inspiring and SO MUCH MORE!! LeJuan makes you feel so proud to be Latino and proud of a community that is hardworking, caring, loving and trying to make a difference in this world. I love how it was the story of his life, but presented in a way that we could relate in one way or another. I definitely recommend this book, ESPECIALLY to teens and young adults. I’m in my 30s already, and some of the advice he gives is still relevant to us in this age group, but I know the even younger crowd can get SO many important pieces of advice that could help them in many areas. Family, love, work, life, etc. DEFINITELY GIVE THIS BOOK A TRY! Especially if you’re already a fan. You won’t want it to end. Bendiciones!!

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Great inside look

This book was amazingly good and help remind me of what it is to grow up Hispanic and having a loving family that cares for you no matter what

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So Real So True.

Loved it... so msny things on point especially with how we hispanics live and with things we expect from our family..

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ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

Laughed a whole lot, reminisced, cried , laughed some more and truly enjoyed. The final chapter was very inspiring ... I absolutely loved that he was the narrator! I loved it!!

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a must listen

loved it. amazing stories, inspirational, good laugh , bought wonderful memories from my upbringing. a must read