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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From por Jennifer De…
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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From (edição 2020)

por Jennifer De Leon (Autor), Elena Garnu (Ilustrador)

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"Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school, but when family secrets come out and racism at school gets worse than ever, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand"--
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Título:Don't Ask Me Where I'm From
Autores:Jennifer De Leon (Autor)
Outros autores:Elena Garnu (Ilustrador)
Informação:Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (2020), 336 pages
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I loved this book! Liliana Cruz is offered a spot in a program which sends inner city students to high schools in the suburbs. She doesn’t want to go, but her immigrant parents insist she take advantage of every opportunity. At first Liliana tries to fit in, even changing her name to Lily, but it is almost impossible in a majority white school where she sticks out. When racist incidents increase, Liliana has to decide whether or not to speak up. Like The Hate U Give, this book highlights issues such as prejudice, racism, microaggressions, and white fragility, as well as immigration, undocumented immigrants, and deportation. Unlike some other reviewers I thought that Liliana's voice was authentic and accurate -she is only 15 years old and she sounds and acts like a high school student. I also thought the depiction of teachers who meant well but were clueless was well done. I think this book is a must read for everyone who deals with high school students. ( )
  SGKowalski | Oct 6, 2020 |
"I'm just saying that yeah, you may feel annoyed having to press one for English or whatever. But imagine how annoyed you'd be if someone came and kicked you off your own land and told you that your language, food, culture, everything, was wrong. And you had to change it. Or die. That's messed up, right? That's annoying right?"

There was so much to love about this book. Lili was a fierce, well developed protagonist who found her voice throughout the story & found connection with her culture through her father's deportation & shaping her own identity in the METCO program. The story started off very focused but somewhere towards the end, too many side plots & social issues started to make the original story veer off track. I loved that the author was intentional in being intersectional but it made the ending feel rushed to provide a happy ending. For many facing these issues, happy endings are rare. I, also didn't buy in to the fact that Lili ignored obvious red flags about her love interest so easily and fell in love so quickly. Other than that this book is a must read because it depicted what BIPOC, especially latinx students face in an authentic way.

There was so much truth in this YA gem that I could relate to personally. The education system is supposed to level the playing field but for BIPOC children this is not the case. The author points out that:
◇ disparities in education exist
◇ schools are still segregated
◇ students of color face stereotypes and racism daily when bused to other schools
◇ teachers have biases & prejudices
◇ lotteries and charter schools are the only options for a fair education in some communities
◇ the immigration process in the U.S. is far more complicated and biased than people think
◇ undocumented communities are resilient, resourceful and beacons of hope
◇ white fragility is toxic & discounts the experiences of BIPOC

My biggest takeaway is that there is so much work that needs to be done. Staying silent about oppression is never the answer. Change starts with difficult conversations. Racism should be confronted head on. There are no illegal people on stolen land and the U.S. needs to reckon with this.

Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 ( )
  Booklover217 | Sep 22, 2020 |
Are you looking for an #OwnVoices books with themes of racism, a protagonist born in the US to undocumented parents, but also a contemporary that you can curl up with and read in a day? Seriously, look no further than DON'T ASK ME WHERE I'M FROM. This book has such a fresh voice, and touches on so many important topics that we need to be educating ourselves on, and I would like to shout from the mountain tops to READ THIS BOOK!

The writing style was easy and drew you in, all the characters were intriguing and the diversity was honestly fantastic. De Leon dealt with uncomfortable themes expertly, as well as offering some level of realism to the situation. We have supporters (and non-supporters) of all shades. And yet, this isn't *just* a book about racism, because it's also a story about a family, about a teen finding her place in a new high school, about new friends and old friends, and about an aspiring writer. We touch upon different kinds of racism, yes, but also on immigration and mental health and successes and community resources.

It's just... it's good. It's *really* good.

And if you'd like to read a more extended review, head on over to The Literary Phoenix for more on this book and others. ( )
  Morteana | Jun 27, 2020 |
15-year-old Liliana Cruz, has a lot on her plate. Here’s her laundry list: best friend troubles, keeping her little brothers in line, dealing with her dad who always seems to be traveling, and trying to fit in at Westburg. Westburg is the wealthy, suburban, majority-white high school where Liliana has just been accepted. It is quite different from her inner city Boston neighborhood.

Liliana, is half-Guatemalan and half-El Salvadorian. So, she wonders, if maybe it would benefit her to change her name and way she talks? Then some hard truths come to light. Is her father traveling more or does he just not want to come home. This fact has put her whole family in jeopardy.

On top of all this the racial tensions at school are reaching what seems to be insurmountable proportions.

This is a well written novel for the teen audience as the characters make their way through friendships and romantic relationships. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Mar 3, 2020 |
When Liliana Cruz finds out she’s been accepted into the METCO program and will have to switch from her inner-city high school to a wealthy suburban one she doesn’t want to go. Who would? But Liliana decides to make her recently missing dad proud and she rises to the challenge. Jennifer De Leon’s debut YA novel, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, takes on a lot of difficult but timely themes--race, class, bussing and undocumented immigrants. De Leon handles it all with realistic characters, a sense of humor and a clear style that keeps the reader eager to see what happens next. If certain plot points seem a bit contrived and others strangely skimmed over, the entire story is still compelling and well done. Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From tells a strong story about life as an outsider trying to fit in, and manages to show many views in a very real way. De Leon’s story will resonate with a lot of students and give others something to think about. A definite must-read in the vein of Angie Thomas, Ibi Zoboi and Elizabeth Acevedo. ( )
  Hccpsk | Feb 9, 2020 |
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