Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Mesmerizing, gritty story of bullied Latina teen in NYC.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 14+


The other reviewer obviously did not read the book (incorrect details in the "review") and is fear-mongering. What happens in this book is what happens to some people in real life. There is violence in this book because there is violence in the world this girl lives in, which is based on reality. The book is often very funny and I laughed out loud a bunch of times. Eventually, it is very sad because the victim of bullying had her life overwhelmed by this abusive schoolmate. The many times that she could have asked for help she did not, for very understandable reasons, and the story shows us that not seeking help when she needed it was ultimately a harmful choice. Everyone needs help when a problem is overwhelming and minors especially need to be able to seek help when needed. This book is about bravery and about not letting problems consume your life, even when you are afraid. This is a cautionary tale at some points and at others a tale of strength. I'm thirty years old and I learned a lot from this novel. I think a teenager, bully or victim, can find a lot to relate to here. And I would hardly be surprised if it helped some people speak up about what is happening to them or to their peers. Side-note: since when do books need to be devoid of "bad words" or be filled with only positive scenes in order to be for younger people? Propriety is more about context than content. Seriously, the offended ranting of the first reviewer is just silly.

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