[BOOKS] ✴ Don't Ask Me Where I'm From ✻ Jennifer De Leon – Avshao.info

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From First Generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz Does What It Takes To Fit In At Her New Nearly All White School But When Family Secrets Spill Out And Racism At School Ramps Up, She Must Decide What She Believes In And Take A StandFifteen Year Old Liliana Is Fine, Thank You Very Much It S Fine That Her Best Friend, Jade, Is All Caught Up In Her New Boyfriend Lately It S Fine That Her Inner City High School Is Disorganized And Underfunded It S Fine That Her Father Took Off Again Okay, Maybe That Isn T Fine, But What Is Liliana Supposed To Do She S Fifteen Being Left With Her Increasingly Crazy Mom Fine Her Heathen Little Brothers Fine, Fine, Fine But It Turns Out Dad Did Leave One Thing Behind Besides Her Crazy Family Before He Left, He Signed Liliana Up For A School Desegregation Program Called METCO And She S Been Accepted Being Accepted Into METCO, However, Isn T The Same As Being Accepted At Her New School In Her Old School, Liliana Half Guatemalan And Half Salvadorian Was Part Of The Majority Where Almost Everyone Was A Person Of Color But Now At Westburg, Where Almost Everyone Is White, The Struggles Of Being A Minority Are Unavoidable It Becomes Clear That The Only Way To Survive Is To Lighten Up Whiten Up And If Dad Signed Her Up For This Program, He Wouldn T Have Just Wanted Liliana To Survive, He Would Have Wanted Her To Thrive So What If Liliana Is Now Going By Lili So What If She S Acting Like She Thinks She S Better Than Her Old Friends It S Not A Big Deal It S Fine But Then She Discovers The Gutting Truth About Her Father He S Not On One Of His Side Trips And It Isn T That He Doesn T Want To Come Home He Can T He S Undocumented And He S Been Deported Back To Guatemala Soon, Nothing Is Fine, And Lili Has To Make A Choice She S Done Trying To Make Her White Classmates And Teachers Feel Comfortable Done Changing Who She Is, Denying Her Culture And Where She Came From They Want To Know Where She S From, What She S About Liliana Is Ready To Tell Them


About the Author: Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don t Ask Me Where I m From Atheneum Simon Schuster, August 2020 and the editor of Wise Latinas University of Nebraska Press An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University, and a GrubStreet instructor and board member, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review She lives in the Boston area.



10 thoughts on “Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

  1. says:

    april 2, 2020i don t think anyone will ever understand how happy i get when central america is being represented in a young adult novel as a first generation salvadoran american, part of my culture will be written.


  2. says:

    This is honestly one of the prettiest covers I ve EVER seen on a contemporary book and I think I need it in my life


  3. says:

    For a moment, I thought the blurb in the GR giveaway said, Don t ask me for an advanced reader copy And I was like, Wait.


  4. says:

    DON T ASK ME WHERE I M FROM by Jennifer De Leon is a mixed bag for me On the one hand, a young teen is dealing with excelling in her diverse, inner city neighborhood After being offered the opportunity to attend a special, mostly white school in an upscale suburb, Liliana faces not only being the new girl, but the discomfort of being different What she does to cross the racial barrier teaches a positive lesson.On the other hand, she also learns she is the child o


  5. says:

    I must confess I began reading this book and did not stop until I read the last word Looking back on my reading of the book made me aware of the different lenses I used throughout the story 1 First and foremost, how did the story compare with my Latinx lens, with a constant eye for using what I know about my culture, my education, my family stories, or the stories of Latinx people I have met to either believe or be turned off by the writing How believable was this author


  6. says:

    Interesting story of young immigrant girl thrust into unfamiliar surroundings and how she adjusts Lol I is a strong female character and inspirational Good story that held my interest.


  7. says:

    I found this story to be both compelling and informative as we got to look at living in American through the eyes of a Latinx main character who is trying to navigate living in two different worlds Liliana Cruz is attending a poor school in Boston when she gets into a ritzy mostly white school through a program called Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity METCO , a desegregation program meant to give non white students from Boston s under performing school districtseducationa


  8. says:

    12.2.19Why have I not seen this book being hyped up It looks amazing and highly relatable.7.20.2020Wow That excerpt on Riveted by Simon Teen was AMAZING I cannot wait to read the entire book.


  9. says:

    The story grabbed me on the first page and held on until the last Lilliana is chosen for a program out of her inner city Boston high school for an integrated school in the suburbs Read bussing in kids of color She makes friends with other kids in the program as well as upper middle class suburbanites Her identity becomes stronger as she experiences these new friendships.Lilliana never knew her parents were undocumented and now her dad has been deported What does this mean for her famil The story grabbe


  10. says:

    I am so thankful to NetGalley and Atheneum Caitlyn Dlouhy Books for the ARC of this ebook Don t Ask Me Where I m From does a wonderful job of demonstrating systematic racism, daily segregation, white fragility, and so muchI really felt for Lillian and learned along with her about other border walls that have existed throughout history It was an easy and informative YA novel Keep your eyes peeled for this book, it is being published on May 5th


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