This touching book is about Julia Reyes, a 15
year old teenager who lost her sister, Olga, and is forced to deal with all the
struggles that growing up in an immigrant household would bring, like high
expectations, stereotypes, all while trying to navigate being a teenager.
am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter handles sensitive topics like
The book starts off with Olga, getting
violently killed in a bus accident. Olga was the perfect Mexican daughter who
went to church, attended college, listened to her parents, and would never
bring shame to the family.
Julia is far from perfect, and she matches the
standards of the rebellious younger daughter.
After Olga’s death, Julia starts to see clues
that point to secrets that her sister might have been hiding. Discovering
suspicious clues in Olga’s room and a hotel key that belongs to the Continental
Hotel, Julia decides to start snooping further.
Reaching a dead end at the
Continental Hotel, Julia decides to stop searching, but Olga’s death weighs on
her mind. Julia goes through profound bouts of depression and anxiety, as
tensions rise at home with Amá (Mother) blaming her for Olga’s unsuspecting
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, follows a young girl, struggling to
deal with a surprising death, and to meet her parents’ ‘perfect standards’. This novel shares the statement that there is no such thing as perfect or
beautiful, and you don’t need validation for you to love yourself.
I Am Not
Your Perfect Mexican Daughter preaches the message that at a certain point in
time, you must move on, or you will be stuck in a never-ending cycle of
terrible sadness. While this is an extraordinary novel, readers must be aware
that this novel tackles subjects such as self-harm, violence, and abuse.
Reading I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican
Daughter will transport you into Julia’s world, one filled with tears,
hate, yet learning how to be yourself again. Author Erika L Sánchez’s imagery
and style of writing will make you want to reach over and give Julia a warm
hug. Reading I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter will take you on the most unique journey you’ve ever been on.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Author: Erika L Sánchez
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, $9.14
Publication Date: 17 October 2017
Type: Teen and Young Adult Fiction