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Mexican WhiteBoy

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,597 Ratings  ·  517 Reviews
Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’ s brown. Half-Mexican brown
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published 2008)
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Dec 20, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing
From the author of _Ball Don't Lie_ comes another excellent book that nails baseball but is about much more.

Danny is wicked gifted when it comes to baseball--he can knock baseballs out of the park, and his pitching maxes out the meter at the local fair even when he was smashed. But he couldn't throw anything but wild pitches the tryouts at his prep school, and not even he can understand why.

His number one theory, though, is that things would be different if his dad were still around. Not just
Apr 29, 2009 Meg rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, sports
I just completely entirely really enjoyed this book. I was excited to read it and sad to put it down. I thought the dialogue was pitched perfectly. I thought the baseball was pitched perfectly. I thought the pitching was pitched perfectly.

Maybe my favorite thing about this was how even-handed it was about everything--race, class, baseball, identity, life. The little things. At no point does it feel like someone accidentally dropped a freshman year paper about equality into the narrative. At no
Carlos Gastelum
Dec 14, 2014 Carlos Gastelum rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
Pena, M. (2008) Mexican white boy. New York: Delacorte.

Mexican White Boy is a multicultural book that portrays the life of a Hispanic/American boy named Danny who finds himself trying to figure out his own self-identity. Amongst white boys he is considered Mexican while among his own family he feels white because he can barely speak in Spanish. In the story Danny leans towards his passion for baseball as a way to help him escape the barrio (neighborhood), in which he lives in. Danny, gives voice
Feb 05, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This sat on my bookshelf for several months until I picked it up earlier this week. Do I not like orange dustjackets? Was I unconsciously wary of there being too many baseball-related plot points? I don't know -- I'm just sorry it took me so long to read it. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, loved the economy of the language, and even thought the baseball stuff was totally and completely interesting. I liked how De la Peña drops the reader into the middle of the action, both in the begin ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Cristina rated it really liked it
In Mexican WhiteBoy, Matt de la Peña tells the story of Danny Lopez, a half-Mexican half-White 16 year-old with a crazy fastball, but lacking the confidence to show his skills. At the start of the summer, Danny’s mom and sister have gone to live with his mom’s new boyfriend in his fancy condo in San Francisco, but Danny chooses to stay at his uncle and aunt’s place in National City, CA—a place where his polo shirts, cargo shorts, and slip-on Vans don’t quite fit in with the neighborhood kids’ pr ...more
Diamond Vaughn
Nov 29, 2011 Diamond Vaughn rated it really liked it
In my English Literature class. We had choice books to read. I had chosen Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena. When i first seen the cover it had caught my eye.

Danny a son of an American mother and a Hispanic father. 16 year old Danny Lopez,the smart semi-Mexican kid. Danny’s father left three years earlier.later finding out that he was actually sent to prison for beating a man. Danny has to spend the summer with his father side of the family in National City. Who mainly speaks Hispanic. He pret
Oct 13, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults
I honestly can't put into words just how much I liked and connected with this novel. It's a very well written, engaging story about identity and what it means to be "half-something" in America. The main character, Danny, is a 17-year-old half-Mexican, half-white aspiring baseball player who spends the summer with his dad's side of the family, trying to figure out who he is. But the story isn't just about Danny. It's way deeper than just one single storyline. Danny becomes friends with Uno, a hal ...more
Sharon Hughson
Mar 18, 2014 Sharon Hughson rated it really liked it
Rather than a coming-of-age story, this book is a coming-to-grips tale. It deeply explores the themes of racial inequality and discrimination in a way that can be grasped by the target audience - young adults.
I had a difficult time understanding Danny. He has so much resentment toward his mother that I didn't understand. After all, she is supporting him and loving him. Perhaps a teenage boy would relate to it better. He despised her because she represented the white half of himself he hated, I s
Vamos a Leer
Aug 12, 2015 Vamos a Leer rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that I didn’t like the first time I read it, but I loved the second time through. In all honesty, my first impression may be due more to secondary factors influencing my experience than the book itself. Since I always read everything at least twice before writing a guide, I thought I’d listen to the audio version of the book the first time through while driving back from Tucson. The audio version does not do de la Peña’s writing justice. I only made it through about 4 ...more
Raven Palmerie
Jan 08, 2015 Raven Palmerie rated it really liked it
Mexican Whiteboy, by Matt de la Pena, is about a teenage boy named Danny who is struggling to find his identity within two cultures: Mexican and white American—as the title suggests. The most interesting aspect of this novel is that the author seems to be portraying a stereotypical community of Mexican young adults; however, take away the Spanish slang and the novel could illustrate any group of teenagers. The theme of finding oneself among two different cultures is an issue rarely written about ...more
Essau Alli
Nov 04, 2010 Essau Alli rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9th-grade
I liked this book a lot because it showed a lot about responsibility. It was very interesting. This book is about a boy Danny, that is Mexican and is a baseball player. He doesn't live with his father and has went to visit his cousin. He goes to a private school where his cousin lives.

Kenny Rodgers
Little boy, in a baseball hat,
Stands in a field, with his ball and bat,
says "I am the greatest, player of them all"
puts his bat on his shoulder, and tosses up his ball.

And the ball goes up, and the bal
Marielle Koladzyn
Nov 04, 2010 Marielle Koladzyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9th-grade
These lyrics by Eminem really remind me of this book because Eminem's fear was rapping in front of others for a really long time [ if you watched 8 mile , you would understand ] but when he was alone he was super good and that's basically the same thing with Danny he can pitch really really well when he's alone but when he's around others he loses his control.

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it? Or just let
Trevor Antrim
Oct 30, 2011 Trevor Antrim rated it it was amazing
Mexican Whiteboy takes place National City, a small run down ghetto near the border of Mexico and California. Danny Lopez, the main character, has the speed and built to be a star pitcher, yet there is one problem; he cannot control his fastball. Danny's father left him when he was a child, and Danny thinks that it was because of something he did. He sets out on a mission to become a "better" Mexican and find his dad and make him proud. Throughout his journey to find himself D. meets some unlike ...more
Brooke Mcveigh
Sep 04, 2013 Brooke Mcveigh rated it it was ok
Mexican WhiteBoy
Mexican White Boy is about a young teenage boy named Danny who is trying to find his identity in his chaotic world. Danny's mother is white, and his father is Mexican which makes Danny a "Mexican White Boy." Danny longs to be like his father who hasn't been very present in Danny's life; because of this Danny isolates himself because he is convinced that his whiteness is what sent his father back to Mexico. Danny then takes a summer trip to see his family in the National City,wher
Lovely Collier
Dec 01, 2011 Lovely Collier rated it really liked it
So far this book is pretty good. Its about a 16 year old boy named Danny and he is half Mexican and half white. His father is Mexican and his mother is white. His dad left him when he was little and Danny thinks its because he was tired of being around so many white people. Before his dad left he told Danny that he did something crazy and a lot of stuff was going to change because of it.
Danny is kind of insecure and shy. When he is nervous he digs his fingernails in to his wrist. Sometimes he d
Chris Schat
Sep 04, 2013 Chris Schat rated it liked it
Danny, a half-Mexican, half-white sixteen year old from San Diego, visits his cousin in National City, the place where his dad grew up. Trying to find acceptance from his dad’s family, he realizes that anywhere he is he does not fit in. In his private school in San Diego, he’s the Mexican among all white people; in National City, he’s the lighter brown “white kid” among “pure” Mexicans. Though his peers at his private school never give him a chance and immediately put a stereotype on him, Danny ...more
Christopher Campbell
Sep 12, 2013 Christopher Campbell rated it really liked it
Danny is caught between two worlds. He is half white and half Mexican. He doesn't fit in at his white private school or the baseball team he was cut from. He feels strongly connected to the Mexican side of his family, but he isn't truly one of them either. Making this worse is Danny's belief that his father abandoned him because he wasn't Mexican enough. This identity confusion causes Danny to isolate himself from those around him. But that isolation and its underlying causes don't go unaddresse ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Alison rated it it was amazing
This is surely one of the best books for kids that's out there now. Excellent story telling and development of a friendship between Uno and Danny and their outward and inward struggles w family and selves. There is knowledgable baseball content from the author as well and much suspense throughout which brings the reader in closer and does not at all alienate a reader without experience in the sport. All can understand and feel close to the action throughout. The dialogue between the kids in the ...more
B.B. Shepherd
Dec 12, 2015 B.B. Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was a book I found at my local used bookstore and thought it looked interesting, especially as one of my main characters is half Mexican too (though very different background). And I was right, it was an enjoyable read. It's really about two half Mexican teens living in the south San Diego area. Danny, whose mother is white, is spending the summer with his dad's family. He's got great potential for baseball but he's also very troubled and wants nothing more than to find his dad in Mexico. U ...more
Jonathan S
Mar 24, 2015 Jonathan S rated it it was amazing
This is about a boy, named Danny, who is going threw a very hard time in his life. He is in high school and hasn't seen his father since he was five. He is very upset when his mom says she is going to move in with her new boyfriend and decides to move away from his mom and move with his cousin. At first he was very nervous and wouldn't talk to anyone. He got in a fight his first day there because he accidentally hit a young kid with a foul ball when he was hitting. This kids older brother got ve ...more
May 08, 2015 Shelby rated it liked it
My students are reading it. Not my favorite writing style, but I can see why Young Adults like it.
Chris C
Jan 21, 2016 Chris C rated it it was amazing
This is another one of my favorite books that I've also read its one of the books that i have read more then once and I really enjoy reading this book a lot.
As reading this book you can see some of the things a person can go through in life and and at times theirs parts in the book i myself can relate and i just like reading books that i can relate to my self as this book cause i can picture it in my mind as it has happened to me.
I myself do recommend my friends to read this book cause it's re
Emily Sands
Apr 27, 2016 Emily Sands rated it really liked it
This book is a very well written book that engages the reader and shows a story of identity crisis. The author Matt de la Pena successfully creates authentic teenage characteristics such as teenage angst and the chaos that teenagers during this time go through. The bond that Sophia and her gang share is strong and it is relatable to other girls reading the story. I loved the book and Danny’s search to fit in, because it was really relatable. The part that I didn’t like about the story was that D ...more
Apr 18, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book and I've been trying to pinpoint why all weekend. My theories so far:

1. The emotional content of novel builds slowly. It takes time for the characters to become familiar to and with each other. I appreciated the fact that they were constantly testing out their relationships and these relationships were emotionally complex.

2. The book felt like summer break. There's a simultaneous intensity and leisureliness to the storytelling. De la Pena knows how to zoom in and explode
Zachary Velli
Dec 17, 2015 Zachary Velli rated it really liked it
Danny loves baseball and everything seems to be going well for him. He is a good looking kid, has unbelievable talent, has straight A’s, and a loving family. But he seems to be so down all the time. He has basically gone silent , is cutting himself and struggles with his own identity. He struggles with his race, and how he wants to be identified. Danny has a white mom and a Mexican dad who are divorced. Danny hasn’t seen his dad in three years. He wants to become more Mexican like his dad but it ...more
Rachel Erdos
Dec 08, 2015 Rachel Erdos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than just baseball…

It's a story about finding yourself and your identity...

“I'm a white boy among Mexicans, and a Mexican among white boys” Danny, a tall, skinny teenager who happens to be a scout-worthy pitching ace, is in the midst of a major identity crisis centering around his biracial heritage. He lives with his white mom in San Diego and attends a private school where amidst the primary white population he feels like a Mexican outsider. Although his dad left years ago, Danny decides
Casey Hayden
Dec 07, 2015 Casey Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: some spoilers!

This book was assigned in my Young Adult Literature Class, and I have to admit I really loved it. Although I believe any person who enjoys YAL would appreciate this novel, I particularly recommend it for high school students, or for high-school English teachers. As a future teacher, I think that's why I may have loved the book so much! I found it to be relatable, educational, and entertaining.

Like many teens, Danny struggles to find where he fits in. He attends a private s
Jayce Uribe
Nov 30, 2015 Jayce Uribe rated it it was amazing
The reason why I chose this book is because it got my attention the title of the book. I thought the book was going to be a Mexican that was whitewash or was half white but knew Spanish.
When I started to read this book, it talked about this Mexican boy names Danny moving in with his cousin, Sofia. The interesting part is that he doesn't know any Spanish at all. His mom never taught him Spanish because she’s white and his dad is supposedly away in Ensenada but Danny doesn’t know that hes not actu
Dillon Monday
May 09, 2015 Dillon Monday rated it liked it
This book started off slow with the character development but once all characters were established the plot began to maintain my interest. With the influence of the popular sport baseball the author is able to convey many major themes to young adults such as: the power of friendship, the ability to rise above circumstance, acceptance and forgiveness. Danny, the main character, discovers how to unlock his potential from a newly formed close friend. Danny and Uno both travel down a path trying to ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Sable rated it it was amazing
Mexican Whiteboy: He is stuck somewhere between thinking the color on his skin keeps him from being white to not knowing any Spanish keeps him from being Mexican. The main character is Danny, he has had a long life full of crazy stuff, a dad with a temper problem to a mom not knowing what she really wanted in a man. Danny's dad is Mexican and his mom is white. He goes to his dads younger brothers house for the summer in National City right where is father grew up he is staying on a cot in his co ...more
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Matt de la Peña is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels and two picture books. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and ...more
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