I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Book review by Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Empowering, stereotype-shattering coming-of-age story.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 15+

Realistic fiction that isn't gratuitous

I am a high school English teacher and read this book as a possible option for our choice unit. The story is about an upperclassman Mexican American high school girl who is dealing with her strict illegal immigrant parents who are financially limited. There is loss, love, and a suicide attempt that is dealt with in a respectful way that is not gratuitous. The dialogue is typical teen language, including the "F" word, which makes the story realistic for teens.

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age 18+

Not a book for a preteen!

This book has excessive cursing, sexual language, displays disrespect towards adults (bus driver, teachers, parents, etc.), degrading of woman’s bodies, bashing political parties, drinking / drug use, and in general lacking substance for a preteen or teen for self-growth. As a parent, please don’t let your child read this book. I promise there are better books out there to pick from.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love Latino and coming-of-age stories

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