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Teen Book Review- “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sánchez

Teen Book Review Mia Hernandez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter By Erika L. Sánchez

Reviewed by Mia Hernandez, Solano County Teen

Julia Reyes is a Mexican daughter who continuously finds herself being compared to her older sister, Olga, who is the perfect Mexican daughter. But after Olga’s death, Julia continues to receive criticism from her mother about not being like her older sister. After discovering that her older sister may not have been as perfect as she portrayed herself to be, Julia sets it upon herself to find out what Olga was hiding while she was still alive. Julia goes through several situations by searching for clues, including love, college ambitions, and family pressures.

I would give this book three out of five stars. The reason is because this novel had moments where the setting and the tension wasn’t well explained, and I couldn’t imagine Julia’s situation nor her reaction to some of the scenes. I was unable to connect to Julia’s character and see things from her point of view. But overall, the novel did explain the expectations that Mexican parents hold for their children as well as Julia’s day to day adventures. I would recommend this novel to any teenager that likes mysteries, romance, and a different cultural setting.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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