Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.
But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.
Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.
But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? 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?
I will be honest, I never read the description, I just read the title and wanted the book. I feel like there is definitely not enough books about Latinx culture and so I instantly needed this. As I read this book, I recognized so much of what I have heard throughout life. Don’t get me wrong, my parents were born here as well as one of my grandmothers, but all the traditional things “that all Mexicans know how to do”, I don’t. I don’t make tortillas (or Mexican food in general) , I don’t like beans or chile, etc. I guess in that sense I relate to Julia and it was so great reading all these words that I grew up with in Spanglish form. I want/need more books like this and I’m disappointed that I haven’t heard more about this book.
Julia is a VERY flawed character. She is judgemental and in a sense, a bit of a brat. Within a few pages, I was in love because obviously as I’ve mentioned several times, the book is very relatable, but there were times that I wanted to slap Julia, and her best friend Lorena was such an awful character in my opinion. I didn’t like her at all. She isn’t my cup of tea nor what I would call a friend much less a best friend. Anyways I’m going off topic. Julia’s perfect sister Olga died in an awful accident and Julia is trying to heal and learn more about her sister while dealing with her parents trying to make her into something she is not and trying to figure out her life. At times I had trouble because it felt like it would just jump to later in time which is just a personal dislike of mine but it didn’t take from the story.
Rating I Gave: 4 Stars
Would I recommend: YES
Goodness I am all over the place. Anyways, thanks for reading, until next time.