Julia and her family are grieving the death of her older sister, Olga. Olga was a perfect Mexican daughter to her immigrant parents. She didn’t go away to college. She didn’t move out after graduation. She happily cleaned and cooked with her mother and brought her father water to soak his feet in when he got home from his factory job. With her gone, Julia knows she can’t fill Olga’s role. She dreams of moving to New York City and becoming a writer, and has never been the obedient child her parents wanted. But when Julia discovers a pair of sexy underwear and a hotel key in Olga’s room, she learns that her big sister might not have been the perfect daughter everyone thought she was. In her grief, she focuses on finding out the truth about her sister’s life. At the same time, she struggles through growing pains with friends, the odds against her in applying for college, first romance, and her own mental illness.
I’m thrilled to be participating in the I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter blog tour and about all the positive buzz this book is getting. I’m so excited that the book is now in stores and everyone gets to read it! This book is beautiful and important and so, so intersectional. It touches on issues of race, mental illness, grief, poverty, immigration, sexuality, slut-shaming, body image … and probably more that I’m not thinking of right now. But somehow these issues and themes all work together. It doesn’t feel like there is too much going on. It just feels like a very real and complete story. Sad and hopeful at the same time.
*I’m so thankful to Random House for providing me a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts. As always, the opinions I write here are always my own.