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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

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In Meg Medina's compelling novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school - and must discover resources she never knew she had.

One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she's done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is st
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Candlewick
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Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-in-2013, ya
Talk about a provocative title! YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS grabs teen readers' attention in a hurry. As you might infer, it is a book about bullying -- not "another" book about bullying, but "a" book about it. Meaning? I think it stands above the others I've read. Strong, strong characterization. And, in a book curiously devoid of male characters (spare two minor players), Medina's book speaks to the power of women, especially when they work together.

The protagonist here is Piddy Sanch
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I bought this a while ago when it went on sale purely on impulse because I was so intrigued by the title. It's one of those titles that tells a story and makes the reader wonder: "Who is Yaqui Delgado and why does she have it in for ME?" But it's actually the main character, Piedad "Piddy" Sanchez that Yaqui hates. As with most things in the girl universe, it all boils down to jealousy and a boy. Piddy has always been a good girl, but as
I liked this, but...don't totally understand all the rave reviews. I never quite managed to connect with Piddy or any of the other characters, and while I can certainly get behind the message (bullying = bad), I can't help wishing there was a little more depth here. Or something. I never really felt anything while reading this--not Piddy's fear of Yaqui, not the weirdness in her relationships with Mitzy and Joey, not her anger with her seemed to me like I was constantly told about th ...more
Tabitha Olson
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was offered an ARC of this book for review months ago, but I declined because of the subject matter. I wasn’t sure I could read the story objectively, and I was afraid it was going to be unrealistic. Having finally read it, I discovered I was right about one thing and wrong about the other: I *did* have a hard time reading it objectively, but that’s because the story is so very realistic. I was emotionally sucked in, and sympathized with Piddy in a visceral way.

Bullies don’t always have a rea
This was one of the audiobooks I received for free through the free audiobook summer program. I decided to give it a try. I liked how it talked about Bullying, mother daughter relationships, absent fathers, and even change in our lives and how we deal with it. I enjoyed the cast of characters. Some of the cons was we dont know how the rumor about the main character got started. I felt like I might have enjoyed this more if the main character made didnt slightly annoy me. Overall I think it was a ...more
Beth Knight
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, own-it
I first learned about this book on YouTube a few months ago. The title alone intrigued me so I knew I had to read it. This is one of those books every parent and teacher should read, as it's about bullying. The book is timely in that we hear stories about bullying daily, even among adults, so I think this book, the story, and the character of Piedad (Piddy)Sanchez, the narrator and protagonist, is relatable and real. While the bullying is a big part of the story, there are other elements and the ...more
I'll admit I was sold to Meg Medina's "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass" for the strength of the title alone. On one hand it makes you want to laugh for the audacity of the words and the implied voice, and on another it makes you consider the meaning and think "Uh oh." This is the story of Piddy, a tenth grade (15-16 year old) Latina girl who has to deal with a myriad of different issues. The story focuses on establishing her life - her family, friends, school - and there's a refreshing qual ...more
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oooh, I really liked this one!

I've been thinking a lot about my frustration with my teen students--why don't they care about x? Why does it take them so long to do y? All of this is classroom stuff, of course, and those questions make me realize that I am very firmly AN ADULT and that I quite often lose touch with adolescent perspectives. In that sense, this was the perfect book for me to read.

I read YA because it helps me... to remember the turmoil of adolescence; to feel again that sense of
Deacon Tom F
Apr 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grrrrrrrrr. So frustrating! The review disappeared.
Julie Suzanne
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't really want to read this; the cover's boldness somehow made me think it was trying too hard to be edgy, so I imagined a sacrine story about a girl who finds out that another girl only threatens her because of her issues at home, and in the end, they become good friends. I don't know how I got all of that from the cover, but I was pretty sure. Then, the audiobook was given out for free as part of a summer reading program, and it was all I had on my phone when I needed an audiobook. I'm s ...more
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Ever want to kick your own ass while someone's threatening your ass? Meet Piddy (short for Piedad). She's experiencing this aspect.

Starting a school is never easy. You have new locker codes to memorize, new schedules to remember, and someone by the name of Yaqui Delgado gunning for you without any clue as to why. Piddy's balancing her bully along with grades reflecting her wariness, truancy, missing a friend who's moved, and possibly a love interest who isn't a love interest.

With support from h
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok

When Piddy moves to a new school, she learns a girl named Yaqui Delgado wants to kick her ass. Why? It's never clear. There's rumors maybe Piddy's walking with too much sass at school or that she wants to get with Yaqui's boyfriend. But the rumors don't matter much when Yaqui acts on her threat, someone records the fight, and everyone's seen Piddy get her ass kicked (half naked, which was even more humiliating).

This is more than a bullying story, though. It's also about family, as Piddy disc
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I love that title. That had a lot to do with choosing to read this book. That being said, I did not have high expectations for it. How wrong I was.

Piddy's story broke my heart. On her first day at her new school, an unknown girl approaches Piddy and warns her that Yaqui wants to beat her up. From this moment, starts a daily terror for Piddy. She does not know who Yaqui is or why she would want to beat her up. All she is told is that Yaqui does not like the way Piddy "shakes it" whe
Drcong O '
3.5 stars

This book was just amazing. I loved the messages in this book and I loved Piddy. I liked how even after the shit she went through, she was able to make the right choice. To get her education back on track, fixing her relationship with her mother and most important of all, finding her strength and standing up for herself.

What I really wanted to find out more about was Yaqui. I wanted to know who spread the rumors about Piddy and Yaqui's boyfriend and I wanted to know more about Yaqui's
Caitlin Cramer
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Not gonna lie. I bought it for the title, but I’m really glad I did. This is hands down the best YA book on bullying I have ever read. I’ll start vague and then get very spoilery after a warning.

While bullies are ubiquitous in teen literature, I’m often distracted by how unlike my memories of being bullied at that age they are in most of the books I’ve read. They seem more like convenient plot devices that pop up just in time to inject dramatic tension into the story than pervasive so
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I haven't worked in a public school in many years, but this struck me as a realistic portrayal of bullying. It doesn't end with the kind of resolution I cheer for in the movies, where the bullied triumphs over the bully in a dazzling display of genius, talent or newly developed ninja skills. But I was happy with how it was resolved. (view spoiler)
Also reviewed on my Youtube channel.

At its heart, this is a book about bullying. As a result, it's not always the easiest read. Piddy Sanchez and her mother have just moved to a new apartment. This means that she has to switch to a new school in September of her sophomore year. Not long after she starts at this new school, she's informed that Yaqui Delgado - a girl she's never met or heard of before - wants to kick her ass. She has literally no idea why, and brushes it off as nothing. But the ta
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
With a title like ‘Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass’, Meg Medina totally has my attention. Seriously, I love the swears and so when a title has a cuss word in it, I pay attention to it. Good thing that I did, because I feel that Medina’s latest is a book to pay attention to. It treads familiar territory with bullying being the main thrust and theme. Medina’s story has a message, but not one that feels like we are just beating a dead horse. It’s about staying true to yourself and not letting ...more
Laura Tenfingers
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya
A pretty good story with a pretty good message.

This is a story of a highschool aged Latina girl being bullied by a girl 'more' Latina than her. I really enjoyed reading about her life as the daughter of Caribbean immigrants, her community and life at her school. The bullying was very well portrayed, real and pretty intense.

What made this book a good book and not a great book for me was the final message. I kept wondering how she was going to resolve the issue because part of me wanted Piddy to k
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass," is what Piddy Sanchez is told, in the very first line of this moving novel about bullying. This is news for Piddy, she doesn't even know who Yaqui is. Turns out, Yaqui thinks that Piddy's stuck up, because of her good grades, lack of "Latina" attitude, and she shakes her butt when she walks. I love this premise because it shows exactly how inane the reasons are for a particular teen to be singled out of the crowd and bullied to, really, the end of their ro ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really admire when a book uses devices that in less able hands would be cliches, but manages to transcend those to cliches into something more original and true. This is a book about bullying, father issues, and about characters not telling each other what they know - three things that I have seen many times in other books, but in the hands of Meg Medina, these themes and tropes are presented in a unique and authentic way.

Almost sixteen year old Piddy Sanchez is transferred to a new school at
I re-read this book as part of the 2014 Hub Challenge. I am so happy to see it continues to garner awards like The YALSA Quick Picks and The 2014 Pura Belpre Award Winner!!!Thanks to Rory and the Goodreads Group, YA Reads For Teachers (And Any Other Adults) for this MUST read book, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina. From the first sentence, “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass” (just like the title) to the last sentence, “And I’ve found my rhythm at last-strong and simple, cons ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
WOW!!!! This book exceeded my expectations - it was honest and courageous. I kept expecting everything to turn out alright and no one to get hurt but that wasn't the case and yet ultimately it was a hopeful book. One of those that teachers and others who work with youth should read as a reminder of the safety net various adults play in the lives of kids. I stayed awake to finish this book and then couldn't fall asleep it effected me so strongly. Meg Medina - you rock! ...more
I feel oddly ambivalent about this novel. It starts out slowly but eventually sucks you in. The beginning, when Piedad Sanchez is threatened, is quite believable; but the ending left too many things 'up in the air' to seem real. The secrets that the author implied were earth-shattering turned out to be relatively common. It was still enjoyable, and a terrific way to jump start student dialogue about bullying. Yet I walked away feeling it could have used a sequel. ...more
Apr 30, 2013 added it
An absolutely amazing book - to call it a "bully" book seems almost unfair because the character development is so far beyond a basic issues book. Medina takes readers on one girl's devastating decline when she becomes the target of a fearsome girl and holds us on the edge, showing both her inner and outer transformations. ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
read this one in 1 day... the story of bullying is saddening and oh so realistic for so many of our students. A must read for HS students and teachers alike.
Rachel Bea
review to come soon... :) I loved the book though!
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, latinxlit
Originally published at: A Girl that Likes Books

First impression

If you listen to the Book Riot podcast like me you have probably heard about how amazing Meg Medina is and how this book is delightful. If you are from Latino origin, like me you are going to smile without knowing it at most of the passages making reference to Piddy’s roots. A small book of under 300 pages that carries a lot of punch, huge amount of feelings and a great story about bullies.

Final thoughts

What happens when as a parent
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-challenge
I loved this book. Loved. Even though it's about a latina teen trying to find her place in a new school- the story itself is universal and so many kids (and adults) can relate. Everyone has those moments where they don't fit in and too many kids find themselves in situations where they are the target of a bully. Piddy is forced to just try to survive every day without being physically and mentally assaulted, and the rest of her world begins to spiral out of control.

Medina does a great job showi
Rich in Color
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Right from the get-go, I loved this book. It starts out with a memorable opening line — “Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass” — and keeps right on to the end without losing momentum. Piddy Sanchez tells her story with a unique, genuine voice. The immediacy of the narrative kept me hooked for the two hours it took for me to finish the book.

I love funny books of any kind, so this book was right up my alley in terms of humor. At the same time, it deals with pretty serious subjects — bullying and,
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Meg Medina is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author who writes picture books, as well as middle grade and young adult fiction. Sign up here for Meg's blogpost for news about life, books, and events.

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“Growing up is like walking through glass doors that only open one way--you can see where you came from but can't go back.” 6 likes
“You know where this Yaqui girl is going to be in a few years if she doesn't change? She'll still be there, same as always in her old neighborhood--a nobody with nothing. And guess what? That's her worst fear.” 6 likes
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