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Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
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Oct 02, 11

bookshelves: 2011, coming-of-age, fiction, young-adult
Read from August 26 to 28, 2011

Original review posted here

For such a short little book, this one sure packs a punch.

Don’t be fooled by the “a novel in verse” – this isn’t a story that contains rhymes or cheesy moments. This is a beautifully paced, lusciously written story on the life of a young girl from Mexico who, along with her family, moves to Texas with the hopes of bettering their lives.

Unfortunately, tragedy strikes and Lupita has to grow up in ways she never had dreamed as a little girl.

I think I appreciated this story all the more for the portions of Spanish scattered throughout, the beautiful descriptions of home and country and the love shown through sacrifice.

This is not a story to be missed. It’s short, there’s no excuse not to read it, and it will impact you in ways that novels 3 times its length will not manage to do.
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