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Mexican Whiteboy

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,768 ratings  ·  760 reviews
Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’ s brown. Half-Mexican brown
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Delacorte Press
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Yamil Martinez This book does have strong language and lots of sexual thematic words, but it is probably doesn't compare to what he/she hears and says at school.

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David Schaafsma
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mexican Whiteboy is a YA text written by Matt De la Peña, and I really liked this book a lot (and my friend Jenn suggested over my shoulder that I add, for veracity’s sake, that he is, based on his picture, “cute,” which okay, he is, done). De la Peña is the author of picture book Last Stop on Market Street, that was winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book (Christian Robinson), so he knows his way around words. I heard D ...more
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, sports
I just completely entirely really enjoyed this book. I was excited to read it and sad to put it down. I thought the dialogue was pitched perfectly. I thought the baseball was pitched perfectly. I thought the pitching was pitched perfectly.

Maybe my favorite thing about this was how even-handed it was about everything--race, class, baseball, identity, life. The little things. At no point does it feel like someone accidentally dropped a freshman year paper about equality into the narrative. At no
Christina Marie
This was the first Matt de la Peña book that I've ever read and I am happy to say that ALL of my expectations were met. I simply adored every single aspect of this book! From the moments of confusion to anger to sadness to happiness to humor. I just felt everything I could possibly feel for these characters and the lives they led.

Danny was who I thought I would be the most enamored with, and while I absolutely loved him and wanted to protect him from the world... there was another character who
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
From the author of _Ball Don't Lie_ comes another excellent book that nails baseball but is about much more.

Danny is wicked gifted when it comes to baseball--he can knock baseballs out of the park, and his pitching maxes out the meter at the local fair even when he was smashed. But he couldn't throw anything but wild pitches the tryouts at his prep school, and not even he can understand why.

His number one theory, though, is that things would be different if his dad were still around. Not just
Carlos Gastelum
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
Pena, M. (2008) Mexican white boy. New York: Delacorte.

Mexican White Boy is a multicultural book that portrays the life of a Hispanic/American boy named Danny who finds himself trying to figure out his own self-identity. Amongst white boys he is considered Mexican while among his own family he feels white because he can barely speak in Spanish. In the story Danny leans towards his passion for baseball as a way to help him escape the barrio (neighborhood), in which he lives in. Danny, gives voice
Jacob Devlin
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short, simple book caught my eye at my favorite used bookstore in Tucson. I'd never heard of it before, and I'd never read a story by Matt de la Pena, but I think it was the title that really grabbed me because honestly, it was relatable.

This is a different kind of book than what I usually read. It's not really "about" one thing in particular, and it's not the kind of book that has a ton of things happening or an intricate plot. But it does give you a lot to think about and characters that
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Mexican WhiteBoy, Matt de la Peña tells the story of Danny Lopez, a half-Mexican half-White 16 year-old with a crazy fastball, but lacking the confidence to show his skills. At the start of the summer, Danny’s mom and sister have gone to live with his mom’s new boyfriend in his fancy condo in San Francisco, but Danny chooses to stay at his uncle and aunt’s place in National City, CA—a place where his polo shirts, cargo shorts, and slip-on Vans don’t quite fit in with the neighborhood kids’ pr ...more
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This sat on my bookshelf for several months until I picked it up earlier this week. Do I not like orange dustjackets? Was I unconsciously wary of there being too many baseball-related plot points? I don't know -- I'm just sorry it took me so long to read it. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, loved the economy of the language, and even thought the baseball stuff was totally and completely interesting. I liked how De la Peña drops the reader into the middle of the action, both in the begin ...more
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults
I honestly can't put into words just how much I liked and connected with this novel. It's a very well written, engaging story about identity and what it means to be "half-something" in America. The main character, Danny, is a 17-year-old half-Mexican, half-white aspiring baseball player who spends the summer with his dad's side of the family, trying to figure out who he is. But the story isn't just about Danny. It's way deeper than just one single storyline. Danny becomes friends with Uno, a hal ...more
Diamond Vaughn
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
In my English Literature class. We had choice books to read. I had chosen Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena. When i first seen the cover it had caught my eye.

Danny a son of an American mother and a Hispanic father. 16 year old Danny Lopez,the smart semi-Mexican kid. Danny’s father left three years earlier.later finding out that he was actually sent to prison for beating a man. Danny has to spend the summer with his father side of the family in National City. Who mainly speaks Hispanic. He pret
Melissa Mejia
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Pena is a fictional book that takes us on the development of the two main protagonist, Danny and Uno. The narration is in third person and the chapters are organized differently than your average book. Each chapter is not recognized with a number but instead with a title of one of the protagonist life or events involving them. This makes the book more interesting to read and gives the reader a sneak peak into what the chapter will be about. Being able to know this ...more
Jake Sicard
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena is about a half mexican and half white boy named Danny who hasn't belonged in either the mexican or white population due to racist views.This will also follow a mexican boy named uno who is trying to live with his fathers family.
This book has a strong sense of mature content which gives a more realistic look on the lives of the characters.Danny isn't connected with his mexican family and tries to fit in but isn't rejected by the family.His father left him wh
While the exploration of teen awkwardness and angst is timeless, this outsider didnt really draw me in.
Of course I empathised like crazy with Danny and Uno and I did enjoy the saucy camaraderie of our girls yet in the end it just didnt hang together for me.

somehow i feel obliged to add that this book suffered from being read alongside a two masterpieces and and a Murakami collection of short stories.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this young adult novel about friendships, family and identity. My favorite characters were Danny and Uno. I loved how their friendship evolved and bloomed. Peña is a talented author and I can see why his books win award after award. I look forward to reading more of his work (I absolutely loved The Last Stop on Market Street).
Mrs. Owens
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable and hopeful read about the complex family relationships we sometimes have. The story alternates between two teenage boys: Danny (half white, half Mexican) and Uno (half Mexican, half black) united by difficult circumstances, a search for their own identities and a path to success, and baseball. Both of the boys' struggles are presented in realistic and engaging ways.
Jacqueline Vance
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible novel with themes of Race identity, race relations, family dynamics, PTSD, economic struggles, anger & violence, and finally hope on learning how to grow & survive. These are issues teens are dealing with and can relate to. This is a great and quick read.
Vamos a Leer
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that I didn’t like the first time I read it, but I loved the second time through. In all honesty, my first impression may be due more to secondary factors influencing my experience than the book itself. Since I always read everything at least twice before writing a guide, I thought I’d listen to the audio version of the book the first time through while driving back from Tucson. The audio version does not do de la Peña’s writing justice. I only made it through about 4 ...more
Ethan Fowler
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great way to show his identity all throughout and i think that the author hit it spot on . This was one of the best books i have read in a while
Howie M
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because I read a tiny bit of it and noticed it was revolving around a kid who loves baseball, and I like baseball so I decided to read it.

This is a book about a boy named Danny lopez. He had moved to a suburban town outside of San Diego because his parents separated. He had moved in with his cousin, Sofia. It was obvious he did not fit in with everyone else as soon as they got there. Everyone was wearing mexican style clothing and talking in spanish, while Danny didn't know spa
Marielle Koladzyn
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9th-grade
These lyrics by Eminem really remind me of this book because Eminem's fear was rapping in front of others for a really long time [ if you watched 8 mile , you would understand ] but when he was alone he was super good and that's basically the same thing with Danny he can pitch really really well when he's alone but when he's around others he loses his control.

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it? Or just let
Raven Palmerie
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mexican Whiteboy, by Matt de la Pena, is about a teenage boy named Danny who is struggling to find his identity within two cultures: Mexican and white American—as the title suggests. The most interesting aspect of this novel is that the author seems to be portraying a stereotypical community of Mexican young adults; however, take away the Spanish slang and the novel could illustrate any group of teenagers. The theme of finding oneself among two different cultures is an issue rarely written about ...more
Lovely Collier
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
So far this book is pretty good. Its about a 16 year old boy named Danny and he is half Mexican and half white. His father is Mexican and his mother is white. His dad left him when he was little and Danny thinks its because he was tired of being around so many white people. Before his dad left he told Danny that he did something crazy and a lot of stuff was going to change because of it.
Danny is kind of insecure and shy. When he is nervous he digs his fingernails in to his wrist. Sometimes he d
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a gripping book during study hall. I didn’t know what book to choose, the options seemed endless, until my teacher saw me and recommended Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Pena. The theme of sports intrigued me so I started to read and I was immediately gripped.

The book is about a boy named Danny that goes to a private school in San Diego. He is half Mexican and lives with his mother. But decides to spend the summer at his dad’s family’s house in Mexico, to find his dad and find
Essau Alli
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9th-grade
I liked this book a lot because it showed a lot about responsibility. It was very interesting. This book is about a boy Danny, that is Mexican and is a baseball player. He doesn't live with his father and has went to visit his cousin. He goes to a private school where his cousin lives.

Kenny Rodgers
Little boy, in a baseball hat,
Stands in a field, with his ball and bat,
says "I am the greatest, player of them all"
puts his bat on his shoulder, and tosses up his ball.

And the ball goes up, and the bal
3.5 stars. Coming of age story about a half-white, half-Mexican boy, Danny who visits his cousin in National City, CA for the summer with the intention of saving enough money to visit his father in Mexico. Danny's polo shirts, Vans shoes and his baseball skills make him stand out.

Danny is a baseball pitcher who can throw with tremendous accuracy when he's not facing a batter. (view spoiler)
Trevor Antrim
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mexican Whiteboy takes place National City, a small run down ghetto near the border of Mexico and California. Danny Lopez, the main character, has the speed and built to be a star pitcher, yet there is one problem; he cannot control his fastball. Danny's father left him when he was a child, and Danny thinks that it was because of something he did. He sets out on a mission to become a "better" Mexican and find his dad and make him proud. Throughout his journey to find himself D. meets some unlike ...more
Chris Schat
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Danny, a half-Mexican, half-white sixteen year old from San Diego, visits his cousin in National City, the place where his dad grew up. Trying to find acceptance from his dad’s family, he realizes that anywhere he is he does not fit in. In his private school in San Diego, he’s the Mexican among all white people; in National City, he’s the lighter brown “white kid” among “pure” Mexicans. Though his peers at his private school never give him a chance and immediately put a stereotype on him, Danny ...more
Sharon Hughson
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rather than a coming-of-age story, this book is a coming-to-grips tale. It deeply explores the themes of racial inequality and discrimination in a way that can be grasped by the target audience - young adults.
I had a difficult time understanding Danny. He has so much resentment toward his mother that I didn't understand. After all, she is supporting him and loving him. Perhaps a teenage boy would relate to it better. He despised her because she represented the white half of himself he hated, I s
Brooke Mcveigh
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mexican WhiteBoy
Mexican White Boy is about a young teenage boy named Danny who is trying to find his identity in his chaotic world. Danny's mother is white, and his father is Mexican which makes Danny a "Mexican White Boy." Danny longs to be like his father who hasn't been very present in Danny's life; because of this Danny isolates himself because he is convinced that his whiteness is what sent his father back to Mexico. Danny then takes a summer trip to see his family in the National City,wher
Christopher Campbell
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Danny is caught between two worlds. He is half white and half Mexican. He doesn't fit in at his white private school or the baseball team he was cut from. He feels strongly connected to the Mexican side of his family, but he isn't truly one of them either. Making this worse is Danny's belief that his father abandoned him because he wasn't Mexican enough. This identity confusion causes Danny to isolate himself from those around him. But that isolation and its underlying causes don't go unaddresse ...more
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Matt de la Peña is the New York Times best-selling, Newbery-medal-winning author of six young adult novels and four picture books. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing and ...more