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Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena
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Nov 22, 08

really liked it
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Read in November, 2008

While spending the summer with his relatives in a predominantly Latino town, Danny gains confidence and finally finds out the truth about his father.

I really liked this book. All the characters were very real to me and the dialogue sounded really natural. I was rooting for Danny the whole way through. His problems weren't easy to solve... He blames himself for his dad leaving, he feels like an outsider with his Mexican relatives because he's half-white and doesn't speak Spanish, he has a crush on a girl who doesn't speak English, he loves baseball and is a fantastic pitcher but loses his control when he's playing under pressure. There are no easy solutions, but Danny manages to find the difficult solutions and deal with his problems.

Short chapters and alternating perspectives keep things from getting too heavy. Highly recommended.

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