Before We Were Free
Anita de la Torre is a twelve-year-old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared, Papi has been getting mysterious phone calls about butterflies and someone named Mr. S ...more
Whenever there was actually some suspense...not very often. Trujillo's interest in her sister (unlikely, but actually quite grotesquely su ...more
Popsugar Challenge 2019 - An "own voices" book
It was very well written and you could clearly see the development Anita had by the way she acted, talked and the thoughts she had. It’s nice to see how little she knew at the beginning and how she understood everything later on. She went through so much so young and rose above it.
Found via Horn Book Magazine, reviewed by Lauren Adams.
Anita is an upper-class girl in the Dominican Republic, living through the end of the Trujillo dictatorship and trying to make sense of it all. She begins the novel clueless about the dictatorship, as many readers might be, and slowly she pieces together her family's fears and the freedoms that have been taken from everyone. As Anita learns more and kee ...more
>>It is the responsibility of those who survive the struggle for freedom to give testimony. To tell the story in order to keep alive the memory of the dead.
This is my second book of this author, the first being "In the time of the butterflies". Actually, this book is in some ways a continuation/sequel to the book "In the time of the butterflies" only told from the view point of 12 year old girl Anita.
It is at once heart ...more
Reread (September 2019):
This book was just as hard-hitting and amazing the second time around. Definitely a must-read.
I really enjoyed this book! This book takes place in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s and gives insight into Trujillo’s dictatorship through the eyes of a 12 year old. I loved (but also was somewhat saddened) by how innocent and naive the beginning of the narrative was and how increasingly aware, dark, and serious it became throughout later c ...more
Julia Alvarez’s Before We Were Free is a moving coming-of-age account of a young girl who grows up in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship in the late 1950s. Anita de la Torre may be only twelve but she already knows what it is like to have her family members suddenly disappear and a secret police raiding her home. Alvarez’s book strikes a delicate balance between the joys and sorrows of late childhood, including first love and early teenage insecurities ...more
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez was a great read. This book because it was told from the perspective of a kid, made it easy for me to relate and understand what was happening. The book is realistic fiction, based in the Dominican Republic and New York. Papi, Mami, Tio Toni play the main roles in the story while it is narrated by Anita, the youngest sibling. Anita has two other siblings; Mundin and Lucinda, who also play big roles throughout the book. Throughout the book we see what it was...more
I recommend this book because, it has a unique plotline, and is full of interesting characters and settings. The book kept me turning pages, because it was addicting and the events were fascinating throughout the story. This book is full of suspense, making me turn the pages to see what happened next. I am not done reading this book yet, but am close to the ending. I relate to the character Anita, because just like her I am sort of caring for my family and my friends. Just li ...more
Great way of developing this story.
Anita's diary plays a big part of the plot. Anita uses both English and Spanish, like many in her family. Alvarez allows Anita the chance to grow, be cou ...more
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