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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home.

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it's not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend, Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister's story? And, either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

©2017 Erika L. Sánchez (P)2017 Listening Library

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FOR LATINAS WHO ARE OFTEN TOLD THEY "SOUND WHITE"

So I am reading the reviews and many disliked the narrator for falsely making a "Mexican" accent. What does that mean? What does it mean to sound "Mexican"? Social media often depicts a falsely view on how Mexicans speak in Mexico. Or represent just one certain dialogue when the Spanish language differs according to region and education level. Julia is Mexican-American. Of course, she's going to have some accent when she speaks in Spanish. Everyone who's bilingual, where English is predominantly taught in school will have a a slight accent. The narrator perfectly depicts Julia. The way Julia spoke English differed from her other friends. She loved reading and writing, so it made sense that her vocabulary different from others. This book is for any Latina who feels that she doesn't fit anywhere because she "talks white" according to her community and she's just "too hood" in white spaces. This book is for Latinas who know they are good enough to leave a neighborhood and challenge a system that usually doesn't accept brown girls. I was truly touched by this book. Finally a book that shows that talking to a mental health professional is ok! Usually, mental health professionals are depicted as useless or unaware of teenage life. I wish this book or audio book adds a TRIGGER WARNING in the beginning about suicide and family death!

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Vital for any latinx or daughter of immigrants

Wow. I do wish this book had some trigger warnings for sexual assault, suicide, self harm, eating disorders and gun violence. But this book is just amazing as this 15 year old girl navigated these things both with such innocence and so much wisdom. Its very much "stream of consciousness", but beautifully put together. It has helped me look back into my own teenage traumas as a young woman, a young latinx, and a young immigrant, with new understanding and compassion for myself and my family. Thank you Erika Sanchez.

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I am not the perfect Mexican daughter I'm #3.

The book was great, it reminded me of how many very Mexican cultural traits are in me both good and bad. I think this book is significant in light of our DREAMER (DACA) situation in the US. As a first generation American from parents that immigrated I recognized the themes in my upbringing, in the difficulties my parents experienced. I was reminded of my own coming of age and the conflicts of my Mexican culture and growing into an American woman. I also have a perspective of a mental health professional and the book hit relevant mental health issues some may or may not be typical in a Mexican household. I would give more details to but I don't want to give the story away. It was a good listen and it touched my heart.

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The Not-So-Perfect Girl Next Door

In the midst of some huge life changes, this is the story that finally grabbed my focus and gave me that I’m-in-love-with-this-book feeling again. It has such a great hook: after Julia’s "perfect" older sister dies, she discovers Olga was leading a secret double life. But what I loved most is how it presents a day in the life of a very relatable, fully realized teenage girl. Julia fights with her parents, adores her English teacher, navigates social dramas, and is very opinionated about books and music. And the narrator is amazing — she uses the PERFECT inflections for a cynical teenage girl, as well as an impressive roster of supporting characters.

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Culture and Mental health

loved the intersection between culture and mental health. its raw and beautiful. The author is authentic

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Great read

Well written book !!! I really enjoyed the story as well as the quality of writing.

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Poor choice of narrator, good story though

I had high hopes for this book, and while I enjoyed the story, the false Mexican accent by the narrator was almost unbearable. Her pronunciation of Spanish words were painful to listen to, and I am sure there are many other narrators who would have captured the accent better. I don't know if the intent was to anglicize the Spanish words or if the narrator is not a native Spanish speaker, but I don't think I could listen to this book a second time.

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Not for Chigonas who audible.

If you’re able to read it instead of listening... do that. Narrator no bueno. I should’ve known early on just by the Narrator’s voice that this book wasn’t gonna be for me. I wonder that if Julia’s voice was done by a different narrator, if I would have liked her and this book. I’m 1/2 way through and I don’t think I will be able to finish but I will try.

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Must Read

This coming of age story based on a Latino background is definitely a Must Read!

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Every teen girl should read this book

loved the story. it was inspiring and hilarious. must read for every Latina girl. yay

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