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In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

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The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country.

Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported while she was at school. Born in the U
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Yumna Hussain I don't know if you noticed but once you flip the book to the back you can actually see a picture of the same girl, Diane when she was much younger. T…moreI don't know if you noticed but once you flip the book to the back you can actually see a picture of the same girl, Diane when she was much younger. The author recreates a childhood picture to show her readers that she's still the same person.(less)
Yumna Hussain I have to agree with you...the fact that some readers may not have experienced this kind of family separation can't fully understand the author's pain…moreI have to agree with you...the fact that some readers may not have experienced this kind of family separation can't fully understand the author's pain. (less)

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Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“For the thousands of nameless children who feel as forgotten as I did—this memoir is my gift to you. It’s as much for your healing as it is for my own.”

I recently watched Diane Guerrero's interview where she talked about her family’s deportation and this sudden need in me sparked to pick up In the Country We Love. And I'm so glad I listened because I was mesmerized. Within these pages, Guerrero talks elaborately about everything that led up to that dreadful moment where her family was taken and
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I used one of my precious Audible credits to listen to this book by the beautiful Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin actress, and my credit was well spent. In today’s current political climate, I think this tale of the way this country has failed immigrants attempting to legally become citizens is very important and should be a mandatory reading for anyone talking in all seriousness about building walls and “bad hombres.” Guerrero’s parents were ripped from her at the tender age of 14 a ...more
Elyse Walters
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Diane Guerrero's high pitch voice --along with her 'girlie-girlie' personality was a little grating for me.....( not the author's fault - it's her voice). It's just that her voice - over a long period just wasn't comforting. At times the way she talked - in slang -'cool' - 'hip jargon' was a bit distracting from the more poignant issues at hand.
However, this young woman, lived in FEAR AS AS CHILD that her parents--illegal immigrants--would be deported from her. Diane was very a
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I listened to the audio of In the Country We Love. I feel like I listened to two stories -- one I loved and the other one I found so so.

I haven't watched Orange is the New Black so I don't know Diane Guerrero. But I read a really positive review of her memoir on GR which made me feel like listening to her read her own story -- which turns out to be like two books -- although somewhat intertwined:

Book 1: Guerrero tells the story of her family's move from Columbia to the US, how her parents lived
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Celebrity memoirs can be hit or miss with me. I have found that unless they are either a) part of a fandom I ardently worship, b) have a story to tell that I can personally relate to, or c) just dishing out some A+ gossip, I have difficulty finishing them.

IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE is about Diane Guerrero's childhood. She grew up in numerous poor neighborhoods with her Colombian parents, both of whom were illegal immigrants. One day, when sh
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
As part of my Borders 2017 reading project, I wanted to read at least one book discussing undocumented people in America. Diane Guerrero is the only American-born member of her family, and when she was 14, her parents and brother were deported to Colombia. She arrived home to find an empty house, and the INS and Dept of Social Services somehow let her slip through the cracks. Thankfully the family had friends that took her in.

It would be easy, and at first I found myself doing this too, to get d
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, owned
I commend the author so much for how completely vulnerable she was in telling this story, not only of her parents' deportation, but also of her struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. It's sadly an all-too-common story, but one that she and millions of other children in her situation may not hear or see or read about in their youth. And that's such a formative time to feel supported, secure, or at the very least, seen. The writing is true to her voice, especially as it slips ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I don’t think I’d be interested in reading a memoir by someone so young. Diane Guerrero was only 30 when this books was was published back in 2016, but she has experienced more in her childhood, teenage years and 20s than most of us will in our whole lives. I’ve read some celebrity memoirs that have just been very....bland. They all begin to run together at some point. Guerrero’s story is as unique as she is, though some elements of it are all too familiar.

After her parents are deported
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was unfamiliar with Diane Guerrero prior to watching Orange is the New Black and I haven’t seen anything else she’s appeared in. While I was curious to check this book out, I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying it.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided is a memoir by Guerrero discussing the deportation of her parents when she was 14 and how this, as you can imagine, greatly impacted her life. She notes in the book how much a person changes from 14 to even just 18, and to have you
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Diane Guerrero has some important things to say about immigration reform in this country, but she gets in her own way a bit with the tone she chooses for this memoir. She was only fourteen years old when her parents were arrested while she was at school, and after they were swiftly deported back to their native Colombia, their only daughter was left completely alone. No one showed up to check on her welfare—not police, not ICE, not child protective services. So not only did her parents disappear ...more
Jessica J.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Diane Guerrero was just fourteen, she came home from school to find that her parents had been deported. They’d come from Colombia to New Jersey on a work visa before she was born (and they later moved to Boston), with every intention of pursuing permanent residency or citizenship. But a combination of factors stood in their way. One was fear that simply pursuing the process would put them on ICE’s radar and get them deported. They were uncertain of exactly how to go about the process proper ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dl, 2017, memoir
While COUNTRY sheds a heartbreaking insight into the way the U.S. treats immigrants, I felt that Guerrero's tone was a bit unnecessary & distracting to the themes of this book. (Trying to make jokes at inappropriate times ruins the powerful punch this could have given & the lacked the seriousness for such heavy topics. Thankfully, this doesn't occur over a long duration, but it is still noticeable.)

I am thankful that Guerrero sticks to discussing her family & life stories, rather than a huge ch
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
4 star story written in a 3 star style so... 3.5 stars. I think this would've been a significantly better experience on audiobook. ...more
Heart-breaking and politically relevant memoir with an authentic voice. Diane Guerrero, actress in the popular TV shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, tells the story of her parents' deportation and the devastating effect it had on all of their lives. It reveals the circumstances that many undocumented immigrants live with on a daily basis. This title will be released on May 3, 2016.

Human beings are not categorically bad because of their mistakes. They can learn from their error
This falls somewhere between three or four stars.

Please note that the book has a co-author: Michelle Burford. Diane Guerrero is still rather young; she is born July 21, 1986. She is primarily an actress, not an author. It is to her credit that she saw the need for a co-author. She is writing this book to bring attention to the plight of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Definitely a worthy goal.

The author's youth is evident in the language used by the author. On one hand her exuber
You need not know anything about Guerrero or her career to read this book. It's not about how she made her break or what her path to Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin were.

This is a book about growing up as a child of immigrants when your parents have been detained then deported. How do you make a life in the US when you're 14 and have no family to turn to? Guerrero's story is heartbreaking and hard to read, especially as she talks about struggling with learning disorders and mental he
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-memoirs
Diane Guerrero story of immigrant parents touched me deeply. I am not that familiar with the actress, neither did I watch the show, Orange is the New Black interest me. I tried to get into it but was bored midway through the first episode, but I may go back to watch it. Back to the book, I thought that this was extraordinary but heartbreaking reading though the painful scenes. Tracing back to her childhood,Guerrero tells the story of her family persistence, faith and hard work ethic. I liked the ...more
Taylor Knight
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Diane from Jane the Virgin and I also loved her in Orange is the New Black so when I randomly seen this book on Book Outlet, I had to grab a copy. I read it soon after receiving it in the mail, which is pretty rare for me to read a book right away. I thought this book was amazing. I learned a lot from reading it and I was shown a perspective that I haven't seen before. I really appreciate everything that Diane put into this book and it's definitely worth a read. ...more
Diane Guerrero shares her story of growing up as the child of undocumented immigrants as a way of advocating for better immigration laws. Her parents were deported when she was only 14; for some reason nobody came for her and so she spent the next years with different friends of her family. She tells both the story of her life until then as well as her struggles afterwards. It is a very important and timely book and one I am glad to have read /listened to.

I listened to the audio version of this
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I figured there would be some hard knocks in her past, but Diane Guerrero’s life (and particularly her response to her situation) was way more than I expected.

Diane’s parents came to the US on temporary visas and overstayed. Like many they were looking for a better life. Diane was born a US citizen. You get a glimpse of what life is like for the Dreamers (technically her brother) and their families. They are poor, but not impoverished. They try to live beneath the radar and not call attention to
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important books to read this year, given our current political landscape. My heart ached for Diane as I read her devastating story of hardship and heartbreak. Here is an unflinching, honest account of the unfortunate consequences of chasing the American Dream, and how our government often fails those who work their hardest to achieve prosperity and security for themselves and their loved ones. Guerrero recounts her painful memories with the greater purpose of encouraging others t ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While reading In the Country We Love, I found myself relating to Diane on more than one occasion. Having been born to a single mother who immigrated from Mexico at the age of seventeen to seek a better life I saw qualities that Diane’s parents had that my mother has as well. I was born here in the states in 1991 making me Mexican-American, I have always been proud to have Latina blood. My mother faced many challenges and struggles coming to this country with her two younger brothers and her moth ...more
Thank you Diane Guerrero.
Thank you for sharing your very painful story, hoping it would help others.
Thank you for showing us your determination and sheer survival.
Thank you for sharing the times when you almost gave up and hit rock bottom.
Thank you for opening up the process that saved you from yourself.
Thank you for loving Boston (the place I consider "home").
Thank you for telling us there were some brave souls who helped you.
Thanks for saying a wall across the border is a stupid idea and why.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I listened to Diane Guerrero narrate this on audio, which I highly recommend. This is an important read, and it was brave of Guerrero, of Orange is the New Black fame, to share her family's story. A heartfelt exploration of her immigrant family's experience in the U.S., and her life after her family was deported leaving her to fend for herself. More thoughts to come. ...more
Aug 17, 2016 marked it as to-read
I need to read this ASAP!
Saajid Hosein
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was by far one the best books I've ever read. Standing fucking ovation. ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, but rounded up to 5 stars on Goodreads.

I don't know how many people are familiar with Diane Guerrero, but I first saw her in Orange is the New Black.

She's one of my favorite characters in the show and I honestly was surprised when I saw this book pop up as a new release in memoirs/biographies. And I was a bit gun shy about borrowing this because I was worried it would not be a good read. I am so happy I was wrong about that.

Besides an initial slow s
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, memoir, diverse
There is not much that I can add other's reviews of this memoir by Diane Guerrero. It was fascinating to see how Diane survived being left basically orphaned when the US Government deported her parents back to Colombia. At 14 years old, she was left in the country of her birth (USA) with no parents, and no one in the government even seemed to know or care that she was left alone.

In the past, I had taken a rather unsympathetic stance on undocumented aliens. This book has totally changed how I fe
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Though not a fan of celebrity autobiographies, my darling niece was so into this book I just had to take a look. She is a strong reader which is something that connects us.

The good: Guerrero's unfortunate plight (growing up without her parents) is an eye-opening look at the life of hard working and honest undocumented immigrants in the US. Perhaps her case is not typical, but the story is nevertheless gripping.

The bad: Everything else reads much like any other celebrity's life (i.e. growing up w
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Audible original audio narrated by the author.

When Diane Guerrero was fourteen years old, she came home from school to find an empty house. Her family had been picked up by ICE and were detained pending deportation. Fortunately for Diane, a family friend agreed to take her in, so that she could remain in school. This is her memoir.

The author has an important message to convey about the effects on children of America’s immigration and deportation policies. Diane had been born in the United States
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Diane Guerrero is an actress on the hit shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. She lives in New York City.

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