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Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana [I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter]  By  cover art

Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana [I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter]

By: Erika L. Sánchez
Narrated by: Scarlett Bernal Hernández
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Finalista del National Book Award!
Bestseller del
New York Times!
TIMES 2020, los 100 mejores libros juveniles de todos los tiempos

Julia no es la hija mexicana perfecta. Ese era el rol de su hermana Olga. Olga no fue a la universidad, se quedó en casa para cuidar a sus padres, limpiar la casa y trabajar a medio tiempo. Julia tiene grandes sueños y no quiere formar parte del camino de su hermana mayor. Pero un solo error, que ocurre mientras enviaba un mensaje de texto al mismo tiempo que cruzaba la calle más concurrida de Chicago, resulta en la muerte de Olga, dejando atrás a Julia para ocuparse de las secuelas.

Sus padres, quienes inmigraron ilegalmente a Chicago desde México en busca de una vida mejor, están inconsolables. La madre de Julia parece canalizar su dolor para señalar de todas las maneras posibles que Julia no es la hija mexicana perfecta que Olga era. Pero Julia pronto descubre que Olga puede haber tenido secretos, también. Con la ayuda de su mejor amiga Lorena, Julia está decidida a descubrirlo. ¿Era Olga realmente lo que parecía? ¿O había algo más en la historia de su hermana? Y de cualquier manera, ¿cómo puede Julia incluso intentar vivir a la altura de un ideal aparentemente imposible?

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National Book Award Finalist!
Instant New York Times Bestseller!
TIMES 2020 100 Best YA of All Times


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 love (first everything), 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?

Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2018 Erika L. Sánchez (P)2019 Scarlett Bernal Hernández

Critic reviews

"Un recuento oportuno e imprescindible de la supervivencia en un mundo culturalmente contencioso". (School Library Journal)

"Al final, es la propia Julia la clave de la novela...Resuena con muchos lectores, y estarán encantados de verla superar un momento difícil". (The Bulletin)

"En la bellamente escrita Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana, Erika L. Sánchez captura los corazones y la confianza de los lectores adolescentes, que luchan en la encrucijada de las identidades familiares y personales". (Shelf Awareness)

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