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Mexican WhiteBoy

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,164 ratings  ·  444 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
ebook, 256 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published 2008)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
B.B. Shepherd
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
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
My students are reading it. Not my favorite writing style, but I can see why Young Adults like it.
Dillon Monday
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
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
Raven Palmerie
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
Olivia Loughlin
It was a time of self-discovery, baseball and love that had Matthew de la Pena’s Mexican Whiteboy soaring through the sky making another homerun. It follows Danny, a teenage boy, on his journey of identification while encountering some of the most influential people of his life in his family’s neighborhood: his friends, Liberty and Uno. Along with Danny, another boy named Uno is trying to find his way in a world that is filled with crime and violence. Can these two boys make it in a world where ...more
Maria Diaz
Finding Yourself

Matt De La Pena’s Mexican Whiteboy looks into the life of Danny Lopez, a Mexican-Caucasian teenager trying to survive in a world that seems to have set him up for failure. Throughout the novel, Danny strives to find his own personal identity; he gets held down by the stigmas that are attached to his name. He has a very hard time fitting in with either side of his family. The narrator writes, “…I’m a white boy among Mexicans, and a Mexican among white boys” (90) which shows how
Joey Silva
Nearly everyone has struggled to find their identity at some point in their life. Matthew de la Peña takes on this highly relatable subject in his novel, Mexican WhiteBoy. Danny, a boy who lives comfortably in California with his mother, struggles with finding his identity because he is surrounded at school by white kids, while he is half white and half Mexican. To make things more confusing, his father is out of the picture, leaving just his mom to raise him. During a summer where he goes to st ...more
More than White, Less than Mexican:
A review of Matt de la Pena’s novel Mexican White Boy

The novel Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena satisfies the expectations of a YAL reader. The plot and characters develop just as a reader would presume. Moreover, the novel explores and critiques issues of race and ethnicity in terms of recognition and acceptance, forming a “bigger picture.” As readers, we are encouraged not to “judge a book by its cover,” but as the title reads Mexican White Boy, readers
Kayla Donais
An enticing adventure that takes the reader on a journey of a young boy trying to figure out his place in the world, Mexican WhiteBoy deals with hard-hitting issues such as being aware of who you are as a person and how race affects just that. De La Pena takes his readers on a journey through the life of a sixteen-year-old struggling to identify with two different cultures and finding out where in the world he belongs.
Danny is a sixteen-year-old. His mother is American, and his father, who has l
This baseball fast-pitch novel is one of its kind due to its honest portrayal of the complexities of life for inner-city teens, as well as the emotional confusion of broken families and bicultural pressures. Torn between two cultures, Danny the half white half Mexican boy takes the reader through his journey in the National City where his dad grew up. The protagonist Danny is a scholarship student and believes he is a “shade darker than all the white kids at his private high school, Leucadia Pre ...more
Nina Iagrossi
Matt de la Pena: Mexican White Boy

Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena was a fantastic experience to read. It was about a boy, Danny, and his journey through his summer in National City with his cousin Sofia. Danny is very socially awkward and he is facing a lot of new situations that have him feeling very uncomfortable. These new situations like his first sip of alcohol, fist fights, a teenage crush and actually making a friend break him out of his shell a little. He doesn’t fit in at his Prep

This story is about a boy named Danny who is dealing with the struggles of his identity. Danny has an American mother, and a Mexican father. As such, Danny doesn't really feel like he fits into either culture. Danny attends a private school, but the other students judge him because of his darker skin. Because of this, Danny decides to spend time with his Hispanic family, only to discover that he is judged there as well. Infused in all of this is Danny's ability t
Kimberly Twilley
Mexican WhiteBoy is a book about Danny, a boy who is too white for to be Mexican and too Mexican, to be white. Although Danny is socially awkward, baseball is the one think that makes Danny comfortable. Since Danny's father has been absent, nothing has been the same. Given the choice to spend the summer with his father's family or his mother and her boyfriend, Danny decides to spend the summer with his dad's family. Although Danny doesn't fit into the scene, and manages to get beat up the first ...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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