We Were Here
When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home—said he had to write in a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mom can’t even look at him in the face. Any home besides hi ...more
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"People always think there's this huge hundred-foot-high barrier that separates doing good from doing bad. But there's not. There's nothing. There's not even a little anthill. You just take one baby step in any direction and you're already there. You've doing something awful. And your life is changed forever.”
A couple months ago, I saw Matt de la Peña speak on a panel at Boston Book Festival along with Andrew Smith, Jason Reynolds, and Brendan Kiely. Besides Smith (who is one of my favorite au ...more
A journey to acceptance and self-recognition.
I really love Matt de la Peña's writting style. I discover him in My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories and I'm glad I pursued him... and will read more of him.
I don't know if it is because I am latina just like Miguel but I felt pretty connected to him, loved his voice and thoughts.
This book is about people who do bad stuff. About guilt. About self-punishment, bitterness. About losing hope, and faith ...more
1. A part-white/part-anything else protagonist is a literary device to allow white readers permission to identify with the main character, thus garnering mainstream appeal.
This attitude debases the validity of a multiracial identity. It is especially insulting when the author himself holds this identity. If, for some reason, some white readers are more willing to identify, ok, but I'm suspect that all readers lack the capacity to read/id ...more
just as a heads-up, the format of this book is a journal that the main character, Miguel, has to write in for his court-ordered rehabilitation. He is supposed to write in it during his time in a group home.
Let's get started with the characters. Oh my God, the characters. I loved reading this book because I felt like I was Miguel. The way de la Peña wrote for Miguel makes it actually feel like you're reading Miguel's writing. I love that this was pieced to ...more
Apart from that, I enjoyed the story of three troubled teens discovering themselves as they break away from a group home. I was moved by the scene where Miguel discovers their files, read ...more
Miguel has been sent to foster care for a terrible crime. The judge tells him to keep a journal for a year as part of his sentence. The story is told from the journal. Miguel,Mong, and Rondell will break the reader's heart, but will also bring you smiles and laughter too. The three young men run away from a f ...more
And I loved this story. I really felt for Miguel even though I figured out his deep dark secret entirely too early in the story. It's a great coming-of-age story, especially appealing to the urban gang-banger wannabe.
I'm just not sure if putting it on the "Mature" shelf of my classroom is going to be enough. The cussing was dep ...more
No one knows this better than Miguel. One day he's living with his mom and brother, Diego, in their Stockton California home and the next he's in a group home with a bunch of stupid guys and a surfer dude counselor, Jaden, who keeps trying to talk to him about what happened. But Miguel can't talk about what happened. Not with Jaden; not with anyone. After getting in a fight with the skinny, bald dude named Mong, Miguel decides to steer ...more
I have to say I was never once disappointed by We Were Here. Although I normally would have had trouble connecting to ch ...more
We Were Here is presented as the journal of Miguel after he is sentenced to one year in a group home. We do not find out what landed him in the group home until much later in the book. For me, the curiosity of what Miguel did was one of the only reasons I kept reading. While I enjoyed the actual story lines, I found the writing style very hard to get into. His journal entries use a lot of slang and colloquial terms that you would hear in present-day middle and high schools. I am able to apprecia...more
We Were Here is the story of a half-Mexican, half-American kid who gets into trouble. The story follows this coming-of-age novel as the protagonist, Miguel, experiences juvi and then a group home. In both of these places he makes unexpected allies. The three of them break out of the group home and begin on their adventure south towards the Mexican border. The intention is to start anew in Mexico, away from their troubled pasts. The novel is written as the journal entries ...more