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Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena
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Mar 15, 2010

bookshelves: fiction, rachel, young-adult
Read in May, 2009

This was a pretty good novel written for a much different audience than the books I usually read. I think de la Pena's done a good job writing a story that doesn't get told often enough ~ one about teenage boys from minority families in poor neighborhoods. The kids in this story are surrounded by violence and machismo, but are still just trying to carve out a space for themselves in the world. At the same time, they're having fun -- hanging out, playing baseball, going to parties, exploring teenage romance, looking out for each other. De la Pena seems to be able to walk that fine line between depicting these kids' lives honestly without fetishizing drugs, violence, poverty and race. --Rachel

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