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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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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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!

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Engaging. Necessary.

I really appreciated that the narrator did voices for the characters it made the story easy to listen to. It’s a good read and an important, realistic, portrayal of mental health in teens.

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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.