Cheryl's Reviews > Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America

Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-nonfiction, other-cultures, colorado-connections
Read in April, 2012

Marisela, Yadira, Clara, and Elissa met author Helen Thorpe while they were in high school in Denver, Colorado. Each of the girls came from families who had emigrated from Mexico. In addition, each had at least one parent who had entered the U.S. without a visa. The girls had lived almost their entire lives in the U.S. Two of them had acquired legal documentation, while two had not. Ms. Thorpe developed a close relationship with these bright, ambitious young women as they approached graduation and sought admission to college. Thorpe gives the reader an intimate view of the challenges faced by the girls as they aspired to reach their goals in life. Thorpe's unbiased account gave me a new understanding of and appreciation for the challenges faced by people who have no legal status the the U.S. She dispels some of the assumptions held by many Americans about this group of people. Thorpe, who is married to Colorado's governor, presents a view of the immigration dilemma from a political perspective as well as from the perspective of the individuals whose lives are affected by this unresolved issue. I would highly recommend this book to young adults and adults.

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