Friday, February 23, 2018

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez - PUBLIC

Sanchez, Erika L.  I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, 340 pages. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. $18. Content: Language: R ( 100+ swears; 41 “f”); Mature Content: R; Violence: PG-13.  

Julia is a fifteen year old who is struggling with the death of her sister Olga.  Julia’s mother thought Olga was perfect and now Julia is the only daughter she has left and so Julia feels like a disappointment.  As Julia tries to uncover more about Olga’s life before she died, she is shocked to find out that Olga wasn’t as perfect as her parents thought.  Julia tries to find where she fits in at school, at home, with her friends and with a possible boyfriend, but the pressure keeps building inside her and she feels misunderstood.  

Julia is a hard character to like because she is critical of everyone (including herself) and inconsistent.  The world Julia paints is one of perverted men, crass conversations and unbearable parents.  My frustrations are many with this book, but one example is she complains about her parents treating her like a delinquent, but left to her own devices Julia smokes joints, drinks, goes to adult parties and has sex with her boyfriend. If you can get over not just the amount of swearing and random use of the “f’ word, then you have to get over the rest of her crass language.  This book also deals with depression and suicide.  

PUBLIC ONLY.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

1 comment:

Random Passerby said...

Oh, no. Swearing. Because the virgin ears of teenagers have never heard the word "fuck" before.