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Judith Ortiz Cofer
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Una Isla Como Tu

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  271 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Varias historias de jovenes de origen puertorriqueno convergen en un barrio de la ciudad de Nueva York. Ademas de un admirable retrato de las inquietudes, gustos, amores y desamores de los adolescentes, este libro explora la herencia cultural que, sin barreras de tiempo ni distancia, es una contribucion de los inmigrantes de todas las nacionalidades al rico mosaico que es...more
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Published June 19th 1998 by Fondo de Cultura Economica USA (first published March 1st 1995)
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Ricardo Lazo
I thought that the short story "Catch The Moon" was awful. It did not have a very good ending. If a story has a terrible, then it pretty much is a terrible story overall because the ending is what is supposed to end the story, it reflects on the whole story. All that the ending was, was just Luis giving Naomi a hubcap. The story has no morals, no theme, no nothing. The only slight trace of a literary element this story has is symbolism (the hubcap), but what the hubcap symbolizes is very unclear...more
Nancy Luu
Oct 05, 2011 Nancy Luu marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the short story "Catch the Moon" I thought it was a good story because the author had really good descriptions of the character. The author included diologue that was good and some parts was in another language to show what was the character. I also enjoy it because of the different point of view of the character, from Luis thinking about Naomi when he first saw her to Luis father point of view and how he felt. The conflict was well described and i like how the character in the...more
Thania Mena
The Book " Catching the moon" was a book that I thought was not completely good but a book that i enjoyed. The book starts off with a Young teenger who comes out of juvy early with a condition of doing community service in his father junk yard. The reason I liked the book was because the character Luis was portayed as a bad child, but before his mothers death he was shown as a kid that did not take his mother for granted. When his mother died he was unable to cope his feeling or express them in...more
William Garcia
I really liked the story "Catch The Moon" I thought that the story was really relatable to what many teenagers are going through. It shows how different people cope with sadness and a really common way to cope with sadness is to turn it into anger. Turning sadness into anger isnt a good way to cope because not only does it affect you but it affects the people abround you as well. I also liked how the brought Naomi into the story because it made luis realize that there are people that are going t...more
Whitney
An Island Like You is both culture-specific and relatable. Any teen can relate to feeling invisible, being bullied, losing a parent, having a lack of direction, and being “different.” However, what all the teens have in common is the fact that they are Puerto Rican and living in the same neighborhood, or as they called it, barrio.

Many of the teens are first generation American. Their parents were born in Puerto Rico and their grandparents may even still live there, like Rita’s. Rita and Doris d...more
Katie
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Donna
An Island Like You is a collection of short stories. Each story is centered around life in the Barrio. 12 individual stories, 12 scenarios, 12 voices but one central theme....life in the barrio. Bad Influence is told by Rita, who is sent to spend the summer with her Grandparents in Puerto Rico after she was xaught dating against her parent's wishes. Rita and her friend Meli told their parents that they wer spending the night at each ithers houses when in fact they wer spending the night with Joe...more
Emily
Lit Log for An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio
By Judith Ortiz Cofer

It was a relief, a nice change, to read a book of short stories after reading novels. I liked how the stories stood by themselves, yet all intertwined and progressed through time. This leant a sense of continuity to the book. There also seemed to be a common thread running through all the characters. They all seemed to be wondering how they fit into the scheme of things and how to reconcile themselves with conflicting cul...more
Katie Graham
It was an interesting look at Puerto Rican culture from the eyes of teenagers. It was slightly confusing that each chapter was a different teenager's perspective but by the middle of the book I learned to just go with it. I am sad that the first person's story was not continued after the first chapter. I'd definitely recommend it but just not five stars because a tad confusing and would be frustrating to be looking up Spanish words if I hadn't taken around 5 years of Spanish classes in my life.
Aleap
An Island Like You is a series of short stories, interconnected by characters and their relationships with each other, that tells of the lives of Puerto Rican American teenagers trying to straddle the cultural line between their parents' world and expectations, and theirs in the U.S. The beauty of this book is found in its realism. You won't find any fairy tale endings for the characters, just the steady continuation of their lives as they confront issues of love, friendship, and family.
Jennifer Dines
Reading this book made me feel so good! It is a collection of short stories narrated by different characters in the barrio of Paterson, New Jersey. Each character is quite different, and the voices are very authentic. As a teacher, I would definitely recommend this book to my middle school students or even select it as a class novel in the future because there is a character for everyone inside the pages of this short collection. There is a girl who has to live with her grandparents, a boy who l...more
Linda
This novel is written in a personal favorite text structure of mine, a variety of narrators telling a common story. Cofer does just that with her collection of Puerto Rican-American teenagers sharing their stories about their neighborhood, cultural identity and how that fits together to create their individual identity. The setting of the novel comes alive as each individual discusses the importance, positive or negative, of the setting to their lives.

As a teacher I am constantly thinking about...more
Laura
This is a collection of short stories about various Puerto Rican-American teenagers who live in the same tenement building in New Jersey. Their stories converge and diverge throughout the book, but each story stands alone. It is not necessary to read them all together. They're an easy read, and I would recommend them for use with reluctant freshmen readers, junior high, and maybe ESL 3. A lot of the stories are actually quite short and focus on a short period of time or just one event in the lif...more
angel grr
The main character luis was having problems with his life, his mother had died and he and his father both had issues because of that. He had recently been released because of him being caught breaking and entering. His father owned a junk yard where there were piles of cars. He worked at his fathers junk yard cleaning and polishing the hubcaps. One day a customer came in that he recognized from the funeral home where they had burried his mother. He spent the entire night breaking his cerfew look...more
BCL Teen Librarians
Judith Ortiz Cofer's book is a compilation of stories told from the perspective of Puerto Rican-American teenagers living in a Barrio in Paterson, New Jersey. There's Yolanda, loathing her mother's new boyfriend, and Rita, forced to spend a summer in Puerto Rico that she thinks will be the worst she's ever had. Then there's Rick, who is rejected by the neighborhood after coming out, and Kenny's REALLY bad drug experience. The interconnected characters share similarities in background, but couldn...more
Ivana Diaz
I would recommend the short story "Catch the Moon." Throughout the whole story the author kept my hopes high to have accurate perdictions of the events that may have followed. The author used thorough description and dialogue to help us, readers, imagine the scenery. The hubcap deeply represents Luis because he becomes aware in his reflection of how much he has changed and sees the value of life with his modified ways. There is an internal conflict because he fails to notice to notice his wrong...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

Life in a Puerto Rican barrio has its ups and downs. The community is close-knit, but the money is scarce.

With bad influences in the forms of peers, pressure from boyfriends, and the loss of friends, things can get difficult. Each teen has their own way of dealing with things - and this is a book of their stories.

An eye-opening collection of short stories that doesn't put rose-colored glasses on the reality of at-risk teenagers. The stories are believable a...more
Susanne
An excellent collection of short stories. I like the weaving of the characters in and out of each other's stories to give a sense of community. Cofer tackles issues such as gangs, shoplifting, and homosexuality with grace and compassion.
Kathleen Le
I think the story "Catch the Moon" was one of the many great stories that I have read so far. It depicts the story and life of a troubled Puerto Rican teenager in the barrio. After he was released from juvie he had to do community service. His community service job was to work at his father's junkyard where he had to clean and polish the hubcaps. In this story, Judith Ortiz Cofer uses symbolism. For example, the hubcaps symbolize how the main character, Luis, has changed in nature from the begin...more
Juan Diaz
I thought "Catch the Moon" by Judith Ortiz was a decent story. A symbol in the story was the hub cap that luis was trying to find for Niomi. The moon hub cap represented progression and change for luis. In the story luis felt that he had finally found some one who took interest in him and was willing to change for Niomi. I believe that the theme of the story is that without our loved ones we are lost and feel isolated. Luis began acting out, had gone to juvy, and stared a gang after his mother d...more
Lizzy _3
Jun 25, 2007 Lizzy _3 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: realisticfiction
This was a really fun book to read. It's basically a bunch of short stories about a bunch of kids from the barrio and they're all pulled together in the last short story. My favorite think about the style was the author never finished a short story. She took it to its climax but there was no resolution. You had to puzzle out what happened by yourself. It was rather refreshing in a way. I have never read a book like that. The last short story though really irked me. I liked the balloon part but t...more
Diana
Twelve stories, loosely intertwined, examine the lives of teenagers who live in a New Jersey Puerto Rican barrio.

All twelve stories deal with different facts of life, told from the perspective of teenagers struggling to create a cultural identity for themselves. There are stories of loss, relationships, drugs, familial issues, and sexuality. The stories were told in the first and third person, but it was very difficult to discern who was speaking. Sometimes you never know the name of the narrato...more
Kristin Aker Howell
Cofer's related short stories of life in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in New Jersey are individually stellar. Each one is practically perfect. I enjoyed seeing characters recur through each other's eyes. Some are in first, some close third. There are many characters, however, and not one single thread that keeps a reader turning pages between stories. The final story would be cheesy in anyone else's hand, but in Cofer's, it worked. Themes: immigration, generations, sexuality, gender, violence, ar...more
Jacqueline
And interesting interconnected set of short stories that could do with some fleshing out. Some of the stories are so short that it almost felt like the author threw them in there because they were on her computer/file drawer and she felt like they should be published. But the language was very lyrical and the last story "White Balloons" ended on a lovely upbeat note that I really liked. I can see why this won the awards that it did and teens should enjoy reading the collection no matter what cul...more
Auburn Hemsley
A compilation of short stories about 12 Puerto Rican children growing up in "El Building" in Paterson, New Jersey. I liked the simple honesty and simple writing about the difficulties of these children; however, I had difficulty identifying with the stories of many of the characters since the short story format did not lend itself to character development. I can see this being a good read for students who do have difficulty getting into reading because of the short story format and simple text s...more
Morrigan
Personally I did not like this book that much. The first story , "La mala influencia" is really good and present a satirical situation of the problem that exists when puertorricans raise in the United States culturally clash with their roots. This is basically the message of the book: it deals with the new generation, the children of puertorrican immigrants and the battle they must fight between choosing their parents culture or the popular culture of the time. This book is mainly focused for te...more
Susie
This was a delightful collection of stories set in Paterson, New Jersey, in a Puerto Rica "barrio." Each story focuses on a specific character, but the characters recur in the different stories because they are all from the same neighborhood. What I especially liked about this collection of stories besides the fact that it is about an immigrant community, is that as young adult collection, the parents and adults play excellent roles in guiding the kids, unlike so many other YA books.
Maria Emilia
This book has a alot of stories that are really nice. They all have a good message and trama. The one that i liked the most was the first story, because it is the type of gender I enjoy reading. it was about a girl that is punished by their parents because of something that she did with a guy; and its send to Puerto Ricowith her grandparents for summer vacations. There she makes a lot of friends and learns a lot of things.
Louie
The short story "Catch the Moon" was not very appealing to me. The story of this boy named Luis was full of emotion at the beginning but in the end i did not really like the story. The story lacked a good ending and when i read books i look forword to suspenseful endings that leave you curious for more. The story had symbolism such as the moon which also appears in the ending where Luis shows it to a girl he likes.
Julie
So think of this as "The Women of Brewster Place" with Latino teenagers. This time, the setting is "El Building." I don't mean to discount the book. The stories are rich and insightful, and the characters have voice. The author does a great job of capturing the chasm between parents and children from the younger point of view, and she gives due credit to young adults for being the astute observers of adults that they are.
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Judith Ortiz Cofer (born in 1952) is a Puerto Rican author. Her work spans a range of literary genres including poetry, short stories, autobiography, essays, and young-adult fiction.

Judith Ortiz Cofer was born in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, on February 24, 1952. She moved to Paterson, New Jersey with her family in 1956. They often made back-and-forth trips between Paterson and Hormigueros. In 1967,...more
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