I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

There are so many parts of this story that I really identified with. I’m that daughter that didn’t want to stay home. I wasn’t really one for college or general disobedience, but I was never going to live that close to my family or do things just because they were expected.

More than that, it’s the way secrets keep families apart that really strikes me about it. It’s like a Mexican-American version of Everything I Never Told You. Of course, the overall plot and the secrets themselves are wildly different, but the point is the same. It opens similarly too. Not the same, but similar. There was a lot about the story that was familiar for me but it never got too predictable or boring. It was familiar in that way that it was comfortable and I didn’t need to stretch much imagination to understand what was happening in this family. The revelations were understandable without getting into predictable either.

As a protagonist, I both loved and disliked Julia. She lived in between her parents culture and wanting something else for her life and wasn’t great at navigating the waters. She messed up and had small successes like we all do as teens. She was relatable, even when I didn’t like what she was doing. Her parents were also painfully relatable. Giving everything up for a dream is great when the dream works, but that’s not always the case.

This was my pick for Read Harder’s task 3, a book by a woman or AOC that won a literary award in 2018. I had seen it a while back and had it on my TBR for a while but other books were always getting in the way. I’m glad I finally took the time to read it. Add I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter to your TBR on Goodreads or Litsy.

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