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The third installment in Rigoberto González's beloved series of young adult novels featuring a diverse band of southern California Latino friends finds thoughtful Maui Gutiérrez as a freshman at university and struggling to navigate life away from the support of his loving, old friends and family. University life can be lonely. He has no idea that his education is going to ...more
Published April 3rd 2015 by Lethe Press
(first published January 1st 2015)
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I liked this book but I spent most of my time reading it yelling at the protagonist and his bad choices. It was frustrating as a reader but accurate to the character, who has been a sometimes hard to like protagonist the entire series.
Feb 22, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it · review of another edition
Freshman Maui Gutierrez is thrilled to be in college, but without the support of his high school best friends, he flounders socially. While his academics are going well enough, Maui isn't sure with which group of possible friends he should ally himself. And strangely, he isn't sure just how open he should be about his own sexuality. When his crush on runner Diego moves more quickly to sex than he wants, he is crushed, and can't understand his own mixed feelings. Despite knowing better, though, M ...more
Despite its heavy subject matter, this book is a quick and fun read. The language flows effortlessly and the pacing is perfect. Mariposa U is a story about Maui, a young man who thought he discovered who he was in high school, but upon reaching college realizes he has to reinvent himself all over again. His struggle to find balance between the parts of his life that he has compartmentalized -- his sexuality and his heritage --is powerful and often painfully relatable and realistic.
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