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Mexican WhiteBoy

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,791 ratings  ·  374 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 brow...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Ember (first published February 29th 2000)
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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...more
Diamond Vaughn
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...more
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...more
Sharon Hughson
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...more
Essau Alli
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...more
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
Marielle Koladzyn
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...more
Trevor Antrim
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
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
Brooke Mcveigh
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...more
Lovely Collier
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...more
Chris Schat
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
Oct 13, 2008 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Christopher Campbell
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

The book follows Danny, a half-white/half-Mexican boy, during a summer stay with his dad's family. Although the book could be pegged as a sports novel, it dives into much deeper issues. Finding out your unique identity in spite of prejudicial stereotypes surrounding the world Danny lives in is a huge thread though out the novel. I thought de la Pena's inclusion of Uno, Danny's half African American friend was brilliant. Also, I thought that having Danny's idea of his fath...more
Maria Rocco
Matt De La Pena’s book, Mexican Whiteboy, exceeds the expectations of young adult literature on every level. Sixteen year old Danny is half white and half Mexican. His mixed ethnicity has Danny feeling out of place wherever he goes. He has a serious lack of confidence that makes him socially awkward to say the least. His lack of confidence not only affects him socially, but it makes it impossible for him to show his enormous talent as a baseball pitcher. However, when Danny spends the summer wit...more
Ben Zacarelli
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Stephanie Sulkowski

Sixteen year old, Danny Lopez, a half white and half Mexican boy living in a well off and majorly white community outside of San Diego, is the main character of Matt de la Pena’s young adult novel, Mexican White Boy. Growing up in a town like this has put Danny through a lot of identity conflictions, leaving him to believe he is best when unheard. Due to his slightly darker colored skin, “a shade darker than all of the white kids at his private high school” (1), he is treated as the outcast, wi...more
Jun 15, 2014 Beverly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13-16 year old
Recommended to Beverly by: ALA Best Books for Young Adults/
Mexican WhiteBoy is a touching and realistic story about the struggles of being a cultural misfit. Danny doesn't fit in to his mother's white community, or the exclusive private school he attends, because he looks "too Mexican." He does't fit in with his father's very close extended Mexican American family because he is unfamiliar with the Hispanic culture of their neighborhood, and he doesn't speak Spanish. He socially withdraws and self-harms to deal with the stress of not having anyone who un...more
Jamie Prax
Summary: Danny struggles to find his identity since he is half white and half Mexican. He decides to spend his summer learning about his dad's family while hoping to reconnect with his dad who left three years ago. Danny finds out his strengths and the real truth with the help of a few unexpected friends.

Appropriate for: Middle School. It wasn't entirely difficult to read but some of the content may be to much for younger students. The content would be great for middle school boys that are inter...more
Michael Ramirez
Have you ever felt out of place like you don't belong? Well Mexican White Boy can definitely relate to you. Danny is a young kids who just moved with his cousin Sophi they were best friends as kids and over the years Sophi's changed from the young girl she used to be. The reason I read this is because the title some what related to me i'm white and Mexican and most of the time i'm not excepted because i'm either not fully Mexican or not fully white.

When Danny moves with his cousin up in Nationa...more
Theisen Ziehmer
I though this was a very good book, it didn't just talk about baseball it was about life and all of the problems you face in life. Mexican Whiteboy is a story about a boy named danny whos fater was put in jail when he was just a littleboy before his dad was put in jal dannay and his fater were always practicing basebal. Danny always wanted to go see his dad but never knew exacly where he was. over the summe danny learns to become a better athelete person and eventualy gets to see his dad.
Matt de la Peña’s book, Mexican WhiteBoy is about a young teenager with an amazing talent in baseball that blames himself for his father’s dissappearance. Danny, the main character, loved hanging out with his dad, they were best friends. His dad got Danny to play baseball, and Danny’s dad helped Danny get better. But there were some problems with his dad that Danny didn’t realize at the time. He came home exhausted, laid on the couch, turned on the TV, and started smoking. One day Danny’s dad di...more
Matt de la Pena’s, Mexican White Boy was one of those books that I was able to finish in a day. While reading this book I couldn’t help but think of myself and the school I went to for middle school. Although the character in Mexican White Boy was a bit older I was still able to observe some similar language within the slang that was being used. Matt de la Pena was able to allow the reader to have a front seat ride in the eyes of a teenage adolescent attempting to establish his identity. But thi...more
Mary Farrell
I loved this book! Matt de la Pena creates a real neighborhood, real teenagers and very real issues for them to deal with. Nothing is easy and I loved rooting for Danny and Uno all the way through the book. One thing I really liked was that in the beginning Uno was the protagonist and I thought, oh, no, here we go. And then gradually Uno was not the protagonist and became friends with Danny and they worked together to make things happen. Delightful and uplifting!
Diana Lopez
Mexican White Boy is a book about a boy who is unsure of exactly who he is because in either one of his cultures he stands out. Since his father grew up in National City he decides to go there instead of with his mom to San Francisco. I did not really like because it was not written well in my opinion and it gets really boring. Some of it is in Spanish and I understood it but I think the point of the author doing this is for other people to see what he feels like
This book starts by just putting you in a conversation and a baseball game, without any introduction of who people are. You just are plopped right in. I've heard interpretations that the author was trying to make us feel like an outsider, like Danny does, but I'm not sure it worked for me. I just didn't care about anyone, and by the time I did, the book was almost over, and then it got super violent (which is fine, but) It's OK.

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Apr 20, 2014 Laughing Hard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Laughing by: Miss Adams
This book entices the reader with real world problems. There is not a point in which I wanted the book to end. Once you pick it up you won't put it down!
The main character is a teenage boy named Danny. He is visiting his cousins neighborhood for the summer. He is quiet and keeps to himself. Danny loves baseball and figures out that the place he is staying, everyone is about baseball. He meets a guy named Uno. They start off rough, but soon become best friends who rule the town with their pitchi...more
Within the first fifth pages of Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt De La Pena, I threw in the towel. Giving it a second try and starting from page 51 it completely changed my mind. I think the language in those first pages really discouraged me and made me lose interest. The reviews were so high that I gave it the second chance.

This book is about a teen named Danny. Danny’s Dad is in prison and he lives with his white Mom, until the summer comes and he goes to spend the summer with his Dad’s family. Dann...more
Eddy Allen

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. A 95 mph 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. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before t...more
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Matt de la Peña is the author of five critically-acclaimed young adult novels—Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and The Living—as well as the award-winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. 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...more
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