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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 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 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 were so many true little details among the Guatemalans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, or altogether the children of families who migrated to this country and live in that dual culture world.2 How did the two high schools compare I have been to both, and I have taught briefly in both Physical descriptions were truly believable.3 Why didn t I give the book 5 stars There was one unanswered question bugging me throughout the book how did the family make it to pay rent, pay for utilities, and buy food, especially since Dad wasn t around, there was no family close, and mom couldn t get a job Yes, the mom would pick up little jobs here and there, but there was no constancy in this to justify covering a family of 4 living in the city.4 I liked that there was no dreamy ending with race relations at school, but just a seed that was planted the paper markers mural It s up to all of us to make a change.5 Would I buy this book for our library and recommend it to teachers and students Yes Thanks to NetGalley for bringing my attention to this book and sharing it with me 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 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 explains why her father has disappeared What it doesn t explain is how this is acceptable or how it was okay to work under the table Although Liliana s story is rich is lessons to be learned, her family s dark secrets and the way it played out left me shaking my head How can breaking the law, repeatedly be okay Not the lesson I would want anyone to take away from reading this story, especially a teen.I received a complimentary ARC edition from Atheneum Caitlyn Dlouhy Books This is my honest and voluntary review.Publisher Atheneum Caitlyn Dlouhy Books May 5, 2020 Publication Date May 5, 2020Genre YA Emigration ImmigrationPrint Length 336 pagesAvailable fromBarnes NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow 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 districtseducational 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 districtseducational opportunities Meanwhile, she is struggling to emotionally support her mother and younger twin brothers when her dad disappears again , but this time for far longer than he has before The title ends up being her six word autobiography and it really resonated with me, as I used to get the question, Where are you from from all the time when I was growing up I could feel a lot of her anger, frustration, fear, and sadness as she navigated her personal familiar struggles and the racism and other challenging situations that occurred in her school I would absolutely recommend this book to my students, both to those of color who struggle with similar issues and to those who don t to offer them up a different perspective and perhaps open up a dialog Special thanks JenniferDeLeon, Atheneum CaitlynDlouhyBooks, SimonandSchusterChildrensPublishing, and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review 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. |Free Kindle ♑ Don't Ask Me Where I'm From ♱ First Generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz Does What It Takes To Fit In At Her New Nearly All White School But When Family Secrets Spill Out And Racism At School Ramps Up, She Must Decide What She Believes In And Take A StandFifteen Year Old Liliana Is Fine, Thank You Very Much It S Fine That Her Best Friend, Jade, Is All Caught Up In Her New Boyfriend Lately It S Fine That Her Inner City High School Is Disorganized And Underfunded It S Fine That Her Father Took Off Again Okay, Maybe That Isn T Fine, But What Is Liliana Supposed To Do She S Fifteen Being Left With Her Increasingly Crazy Mom Fine Her Heathen Little Brothers Fine, Fine, Fine But It Turns Out Dad Did Leave One Thing Behind Besides Her Crazy Family Before He Left, He Signed Liliana Up For A School Desegregation Program Called METCO And She S Been Accepted Being Accepted Into METCO, However, Isn T The Same As Being Accepted At Her New School In Her Old School, Liliana Half Guatemalan And Half Salvadorian Was Part Of The Majority Where Almost Everyone Was A Person Of Color But Now At Westburg, Where Almost Everyone Is White, The Struggles Of Being A Minority Are Unavoidable It Becomes Clear That The Only Way To Survive Is To Lighten Up Whiten Up And If Dad Signed Her Up For This Program, He Wouldn T Have Just Wanted Liliana To Survive, He Would Have Wanted Her To Thrive So What If Liliana Is Now Going By Lili So What If She S Acting Like She Thinks She S Better Than Her Old Friends It S Not A Big Deal It S Fine But Then She Discovers The Gutting Truth About Her Father He S Not On One Of His Side Trips And It Isn T That He Doesn T Want To Come Home He Can T He S Undocumented And He S Been Deported Back To Guatemala Soon, Nothing Is Fine, And Lili Has To Make A Choice She S Done Trying To Make Her White Classmates And Teachers Feel Comfortable Done Changing Who She Is, Denying Her Culture And Where She Came From They Want To Know Where She S From, What She S About Liliana Is Ready To Tell Them 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 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 family I have kids in my own classroom who could relate to Lili s story I hope they get a chance to read about her in order to look into the literary mirror this will be for them The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 In once scene, Lili forgets her phone and has to use the office line to call her mother However, that same day she is texting her boyfriend Maybe I missed a device somewhere, but it seemed incongruent 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 muchI 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