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april 2, 2020i don't think anyone will ever understand how happy i get when central america is being represented in a young adult novel. as a first-generation salvadoran-american, part of my culture will be written.
This is honestly one of the prettiest covers I've EVER seen on a contemporary book and I think I need it in my life
For a moment, I thought the blurb in the GR giveaway said, "Don't ask me for an advanced reader copy."And I was like, "Wait."
DON’T ASK ME WHERE I’M FROM by Jennifer De Leon is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, a young teen is dealing with excelling in her diverse, inner city neighborhood. After being offered the opportunity to attend a special, mostly white school in an upscale suburb, Liliana faces not only being the new girl, but the discomfort of being “different.” What she does to cross the racial barrier teaches a positive lesson.On the other hand, she also learns she is the child of illegal immigrants and it
I must confess I began reading this book and did not stop until I read the last word. Looking back on my reading of the book made me aware of the different lenses I used throughout the story. 1. First and foremost, how did the story compare with my Latinx lens, with a constant eye for using what I know about my culture, (my education, my family stories, or the stories of Latinx people I have met) to either believe or be turned off by the writing? How believable was this author? Check plus! There...
Interesting story of young immigrant girl thrust into unfamiliar surroundings and how she adjusts. Lol I is a strong female character and inspirational. Good story that held my interest.
I found this story to be both compelling and informative as we got to look at living in American through the eyes of a Latinx main character who is trying to navigate living in two different worlds. Liliana Cruz is attending a poor school in Boston when she gets into a ritzy mostly white school through a program called Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), a desegregation program meant to give non-white students from Boston's under-performing school districts more educational...
12.2.19Why have I not seen this book being hyped up?!!! It looks amazing and highly relatable.7.20.2020Wow. That excerpt on Riveted by Simon Teen was AMAZING. I cannot wait to read the entire book.
The story grabbed me on the first page and held on until the last. Lilliana is chosen for a program out of her inner-city Boston high school for an "integrated" school in the suburbs. (Read: bussing in kids of color). She makes friends with other kids in the program as well as upper-middle class suburbanites. Her identity becomes stronger as she experiences these new friendships.Lilliana never knew her parents were undocumented and now her dad has been deported. What does this mean for her famil...
I am so thankful to NetGalley and Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books for the ARC of this ebook! Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From does a wonderful job of demonstrating systematic racism, daily segregation, white fragility, and so much more. I really felt for Lillian and learned along with her about other border walls that have existed throughout history. It was an easy and informative YA novel! Keep your eyes peeled for this book, it is being published on May 5th!!
I really liked this YA contemporary. I thought Liliana was such a great protagonist- I legit enjoyed spending time with her! I think students are going to love this book. I love reading a book and knowing which kid I will hand it to immediately. Will be purchasing for my library!
I received an ARC copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway. (I am so late about this, also I am so sad the release date was pushed, but that was expected with the current situation.)
actual rating: 3.75/5
Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I'm not going to lie, if I wasn't trying to finish every book I start this year, I think I would have DNF'd Don't Ask Me Where I'm From. Not because of anything intrinsically wrong with it, but because of it's narrator's voice. I'm a big fan of distinctive narrators so I can't really explain what about Lili's voice bothered me at first because it definitely did feel authentic, so just because i...
Liliana is a girl from Boston who gets the opportunity to attend a highly ranked school in the suburbs. Her parents signed her up for METCO and she finally gets in, but they are the ones who want this - not her. When she gets there, she sticks out like a sore thumb and not even the other METCO students want to include her.The new school is just one more thing for Lili to deal with. Her father is gone - has been for weeks - and her mother is in a deep depression that keeps her in her room and dis...
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Right from the beginning, Liliana's character jumps from the page. It feels like she's talking directly to you. Don't Ask Me Where I'm From is a story of (re)invention. Liliana is simultaneously trying to figure out who she is all while balancing the conflicts within herself. Who is Liliana and who is Lili? As she begins to carve out spaces for Lili, Liliana tries to figure out w
I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.A chapter in I wanted to stop and give up but I'm glad I kept going. Although the writing was uneven at times and topics are brought up and then never referred to again, this is an important young adult book to have available to our teens. It talks about immigration and living in a country illegally but also interracial dating and how to have friends different cultures and races.
I loved this debut YA novel that is so timely for our world today. It speaks to segregation, immigration, and deportation, along with all the other stuff that goes along with being a teen. The narrative told by Liliana, a young LatinX, is fast-paced and rings true all the way through the story. I will await De Leon's next book with much anticipation. Highly recommend for both teens & adults.Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for the digital ARC of this book.
I really enjoyed this one, but think I was a bit too old for this novel. I loved the Latinx representation and the conversations the characters had towards the end. TW: depression, racism *Thanks to the publisher for an ARC of this one*
Review coming soon
I loved this book! It explores the multifaceted identity of a young Latinx woman, while shining a light on how racism and classism play out in an American school.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication.
This book was a great reminder to remain open and accepting of ALL people. This book could not have been published at a greater time! Excellent read.
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Are you looking for an #OwnVoices books with themes of racism, a protagonist born in the US to undocumented parents, but also a contemporary that you can curl up with and read in a day? Seriously, look no further than DON'T ASK ME WHERE I'M FROM. This book has such a fresh voice, and touches on so many important topics that we need to be educating ourselves on, and I would like to shout from the mountain tops to READ THIS BOOK!The writing style was easy and drew you in, all the characters were i...
Liliana is a 15-year-old Latinx Bostonian whose life drastically changes when she gets accepted into Metco, a program that aims to desegregate the ultra-white and wealthy suburban schools in Massachusetts by busing ~inner-city~ students of color. Liliana is already dealing with so much when the story starts--her mother's depression, her father apparently leaving, taking care of her little brothers, and her best friend ditching her to spend time with her boyfriend. At her new school, Liliana sudd...
I reviewed an ARC of this book from Netgalley. It was okay, definitely not my favorite, but I think my students willike it because it deals with the racism and division/segregation that goes on in schools, still even today in 2020. I needed a better ending though to give this one a higher rating.
*I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL GALLEY BY THE PUBLISHER FOR THE PURPOSES OF A TOUR. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION*Fair warning when reading this book: it will absolutely gut you emotionally.Jennifer De Leon did not come to mess around when giving us this book to read. There were so many parts of this book that spoke volumes about not only the main character but the real-world situations De Leon was referencing as well.Liliana is a very headstrong girl. We don't often see that in teen books nowadays...
Whenever I think about this book, I just want to throw my hands in the air and scream "YASS" at the top of my lungs because, well, YASS! I really loved Liliana's story. Things I loved: 1. Attention to detail! I would be in complete disbelief if Jennifer De Leon told me she wasn't a plotter. Seriously. The attention to detail is magnificent. This story is like a puzzle that falls into place the farther you read. I loved learning little bits and having conflict introduced subtly. The feeling of im...
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with an eARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 starsDon't Ask Me Where I'm From hits hard in a time of Trump's America. These issues are being brought to the forefront in the media more than ever before. This novel twisted my stomach and sat heavy in my chest. Liliana, the protagonist and child of two undocumented immigrants from Guatemala and El Salvador, gets placed in METCO, an exclusive school program fo