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
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
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
This book has a powerful, gripping, honest narration from the perspective of Mi ...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
No matter how hard your past was, all that matters is your future. This descriptive book was made to sound like a diary and was very well put together. It was a very unique book being the first time I have read a book like this. The author made the main character sound like he was telling a story to a group of people. This story is written in first-person. Matt gave Miguel a strong and authentic voice.
The main character was Miguel. H ...more
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I'm in awe.
I just finished We Were Here by Matt De La Pena and I can honestly say that it was one of the best books I've read this year.
It started off fairly slow, and I wasn't sure how much I would like it... this is mostly because I have never read a book quite like this before. But I was pleasantly and overwhelmingly surprised. This book was a journey, both figuratively and literally. ...more
I’m going to give an example because I love it that much:
“You know how when you’re a kid and you get a new bad-ass rubber football for Christmas, and the morning it takes a few minutes to remember why you’re so excited? It’s like th
I loved the character's voice in this story. As a guy who escapes from Juvi with two unlikely accomplices, Miguel travels up and down the CA coast attempting to come to terms with what he has done. While it is a mystery, I had a feeling early on at what was happening but found the story of these guys interesting nonetheless. As with many YA books, it felt as though ...more
Miguel has committed a crime and been sentenced to a year in a group home. He is angry about being there, and isolates himself. His roommate Rondell calls him Mexico and generally bugs him. Mong, a Chinese teenager, gets into a fight with Miguel. Then Mong asks Miguel to break out with him. Miguel's journal follows them breaking out.
I loved the journal setup. Miguel's voice comes through so clearly. The language in t ...more