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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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An outstanding read.

A story so compelling you must re-read it to understand it all. The character development is handled in such a way that it draws you in and doesnt let go. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who wants a good read.

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I liked it, just not the main character

Would you listen to I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter again? Why?

(I stopped 49% through, I just can't bring myself to finish it)While I thought the story was good, I don't think I would listen to it again. I didn't like Julia all that much, it's like she hates everything which can be a bit much at times. But I get why she's like that, it's called "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" and I'm pretty sure she suffers from depression. So, while I didn't like her I can respect how she's written because not every main character has to be nice all the time, or like what everyone does.

What other book might you compare I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter to and why?

I have seen I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter on lists with The Hate U Give and Dear Martin (which I haven't read) and Long Way Down (which I have read and is pretty good). I would say it compares to these books because it has diverse stories within them as well as emotional moments.

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strong storyline and even stronger message.

The author manages to weave these artistically beautiful lines that dance between symbolism, imagery, similies and metaphors , breath-taking.

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Liked the story, HATED the protagonist.

As a Mexican-American myself, I was really looking forward to this book, but once I started listening, had to force myself to finish. The depiction of our culture and families is beautiful and really touching at times, but the main character, Julia Reyes, is beyond grating and judgmental. I actually found myself listening to the book on 2x for chunks so that I could get through her dialogue faster. I honestly wouldn't recommend this book to anyone else, but YMMV.

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someone like me...

A book I can see myself in. A book about our narrative here in the states. A book for young Latinas to relate to. We need more of these types of books that talk about our experiences here in our nepantla.

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Great Read! I was completely hooked!

Such an intriguing book and storyline. Totally relatable as a Mexican American! Highly recommend!

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Holy cow!

This book is absolutely fantastic. The narration is spot on. I’ve never connected so much to a main character before!