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Shut Up, This Is Serious

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Powerful story of Mexican American teens' coming of age.

Shut Up, This Is Serious book cover: Illustration of two teenage girls (one pregnant) on a train station platform at night

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This brilliantly written novel has complex characters and powerful storylines about friendship, racism, family, and second chances. The journeys taken by the teen characters in Shut Up, This Is Serious are both inspiring and thought provoking for readers. Belén and Leti's enviable friendship brings a lot of humor and warmth to the heavy topics Carolina Ixta covers, and the teens determination, hard work, and willingness to put pride aside and accept help propels them toward lives of their own making.

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