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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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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About time!!!!

A beautiful story addressing many of the taboos, hardships and stigmas that Mexican Americans deal with and “traditional” parents who have a trauma of their own with assimilation to the American culture. Mental health and the importance of it in the community are beautifully addressed along with the resilience that young people posses. Beautiful!

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I am not your perfect Mexican daughter

Beautifully written.

As a first generation Mexican American j can relate so much to this story. It is raw, and honest.
I wish there could be a sequel!

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Very relatable

As a first generation Hispanic male. I can totally understand her and her family. I love this book.

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A MUST READ

I could relate to this book! It was absolutely amazing to listen too. I love this book!

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Sweet, funny, sad book all wrapped into one

This was a really nice listen - although it’s dark in some places the ending was really uplifting. The info on depression was spot on too which is nice to see. The narrator does a great job of making it sound like you’re hearing the character herself speak directly to you. This book is a great coming of age story but not so great as a mystery, so if you’re looking for a coming of age story with a great voice you’ll like this but if you’re looking for a page turning ya mystery I’d try something else.

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So heartfelt and good

I really enjoyed this book. From the narrator to the actual story everything was really good. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 mainly because I didn't enjoy the almost insta-love that takes place. I understood it's place in Julia's story but could have done without it.

This book really resonated with me, as a lot of the way Julia's Mexican mom acted mirrored some of the same things my puerto rican mom acted. I actually cried a bit near the end.

All in all this is a solid well told WOC coming of age story which I think we need more of.

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Must read!!!

This book was amazing, moving and very real! Every Latina teen should read, reflect and enjoy!