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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this funny, yet gritty, young adult novel about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.
Perfect Mexican daughters don’t abandon their family. They don’t leave for college and they don’t move out of their parents’ home after high school graduation.
But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. When a fatal accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead, Julia stayed behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. No one understands that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has not succeeded.
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, Connor, Julia is determined to find out: Was Olga really the perfect daughter 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?
Lexile Measure: HL730L
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©2017. High school. 5 x 8 inches. Hardcover, 344 pages.