Illegal by Bettina Restrepo


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Goodreads Description

A promise.
A promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday . . .

Instead, Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty—waiting for her father’s return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Now, Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her precious quinceañera.

Bettina Restrepo’s gripping, deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl’s unique yet universal immigrant experience.

My Review

I am sort of at a loss for word in describing this book. I absolutely loved it. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this. This young girls journey to find her father and the struggle was something that I couldn’t even imagine but know that it happens often. I felt like some things kind of gloss the surface and it needed more depth but I felt like for the intended audience, it is probably meant to happen. I want more books like this !


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Okay I am getting so frustrated with books where the parents seem so helpless and the child is the boss and makes the decisions and have to baby the parents. It frustrates me so much in books, movies, life… Sorry.. another mini- rant.

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