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This book was an excellent and simple read .I felt I was part of the story because I could picture the images in front of my eyes . I would highly recommend this book for everyone to read . I can only imagine what children and families went through and still go through today crossing the border.My heart goes out to all of them.
For those who read American Dirt, this is a much better option. Told from the point of view of three teens as they tried to make their way into the United States from Central America. I found myself stopping to Google various aspects of this books very accurate details and was shocked at how much I don't know or understand about those who try to reach US soil.
This powerful book tells the story of three unaccompanied minors who leave family and friends to escape violence in Central America. While it grippingly captures the plight of thousands who travel dangerous routes to the US, including weeks riding La Bestia trains through Mexico, _We Are Not from Here_ is more than a historical document and more than a great young adult novel. The author explores parenthood, childhood, sibling relations and more. She uses realism to depict the landscapes, voices, sensorium and physical suffering of the migrant routes but adds beautifully written passages evocative of the best magic realism to capture the spiritual, emotional, and cosmic dimensions of the trauma, endurance and survival of the characters. Those characters--Pulgra, Pequeña, and Chico--and what they experience will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
Do yourself a favor and just read this already! If you've ever felt like gratitude is something you don't practice and don't know what to be grateful for... well read on! The author doesn't hold back, so make sure you read it with an open mind and heart! Because this is happening NOW! While we live in our bubbles and stress over our first world problems, there are children who are literally being crushed and broken. And when they arrive here thinking they are safe... think again! The vicious cycle of non-stop suffering is not for the weak!
I wish anti-immigration militants were forced to read this. I love that the story is about teens. I love the raw emotion in the story. I love the multi-faceted perspectives of the story. And I really wish everyone understood what migrants go through to get to the US. And how completely stacked against them a journey here is. I wish people understood why escaping a home they love is the only chance at survival so many people face.
This book is so much more important than some of the classics that high schoolers waste their time reading. Instead of “Lord of the Flies” or “A Separate Peace” or books like those, this should be required reading. It is such an important book, because we who were lucky enough to be born in the US have NO idea that this is how so many kids live and die. It broke my heart, and opened my eyes at the same time.