I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
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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 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?
Praise For I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter…
“A wonderfully complex and interesting character.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“Blistering. Julia’s persona rockets off the page and into your face from the get-go.” —Christian Science Monitor
“If you ever wanted to [understand] the harsh truths of immigrant life, this is the book you need to read.” —Bustle
“As poignant as it is incisive.” —AV Club
“An earnest and heartfelt tale.” —Booklist
“A timely and must-have account of survival in a culturally contested world.” —SLJ, Starred
“Beautifully written.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred
"Ultimately, it’s Julia herself who’s the key to the novel... She’ll resonate with many readers, and they’ll be glad to see her make it through a tough time." —The Bulletin, starred review
Ember, 9781524700515, 368pp.
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
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Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
1. The concept of a “perfect Mexican daughter” is discussed throughout the book—what characteristics embody that idea? How does this “perfection” weigh on Julia?
2. Although Olga has passed away prior to the beginning of the book, how does Julia’s relationship with her sister change and evolve throughout?
3. The novel goes in to depth about Julia’s experience with therapy—how does this impact her grieving process? If so, what layers does this add to her character?
4. While she is in Mexico, she gets to interact with her culture and heritage in a different way. Do her relationships with Mamá Jacinta and Belén mirror relationships that she has in Chicago? Overall, how does her time there affect her character?
5. The novel ends with Julia entering a new chapter of her life, how has she changed since the beginning? Is she bringing any part of her old self along?