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Esperanza: A Latina Story

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Fourteen-year old Esperanza Ignacio could only think of a few words to sum up her life: crap, crap, crap! She was born into a poor Latino family living in a small crummy apartment in the barrio side of town, where the graffiti chiseled more the souls and character of the residents than it impacted the exterior looks of the buildings. Her father was a drunken, gambler, and ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published March 15th 2008 by Floricanto Press
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D.N. Hoxa
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Where can I start... I loved Esperanza! The story was truly inspiring. The character of Esperanza, a girl who takes us through four years of her life in a very poor neighborhood, is very likable, strong, and with a great sense of humor. A very entertaining read. I was given this book by the author for an honest review and I'm glad I got the opportunity to read it. ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Again this author doesn't disappoint! Love how well this book was put together! How relatable the story and character is! If you have read anything from this author you really are missing out! I would recommend reading all of her books! ...more
Tonja Drecker
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I read a coming-of-age novel, which came across as authentic as this one, and this makes it more than a treat to dive into.

Fourteen-year-old Esperanza just finished eighth grade and has to survive a very hot summer before high school begins...and she's promised her mother hundreds of times that she is going to finish her schooling no matter what. It's not like her past has been easy. Raised by a single-mother, caring for younger siblings, abused by a drunken father, relate
Victoria Rodríguez
A very enjoyable book! The story is about Esperanza Ignacio, a girl who wants to improve her life through study and intelligent work. From a very young age she was raised with her mother and siblings. They live in a humble neighborhood in California, they are part of the Latino community. Esperanza's mother had to work hard to support her children since her husband was imprisoned due to illegal behaviors. Furthermore, Esperanza dreams of one day attending university, since she has a unique talen ...more
Katia Amaya
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book manages to entertain while shedding light on issues like racism and poverty that its heroine faces. Esperanza shares her daily struggles and thoughts without begging for sympathy. She does so with humor and shares experiences that most teen girls can relate to, like bullying and buying bras. It includes some shocking events that Esperanza recounts without drama, and the fact that she accepts these events as a matter of course speaks volumes about her life expectations and makes her tri ...more
Lorena Romero
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I reallly enjoyed this book made me laugh in some points I grew up in a Latino neighborhood and can relate sto some stuff she wrote in the story. Kept me reading more and more likely vebhowbesperanza never gave up on school and even finished. I love how the writer didn’t make her into o story were she depended on a guy to do stuff for her or even boy crazy. Made me sad in some stuff felt like I was. In the story next to Esperanza he mor I read. Got more excited when I found out there is a part t ...more
Marta Aldrighetti
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
East LA, Ignacio family: hardworker mom Angela, abuser father in jail, Esperanza 14, Miranda 10, Julio 6.
fresh and young language, easy and fast to read, enjoyable simple funny story!
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Esperanza was given to me by the author. It was the first book I had reviewed that was given to me for the purpose of reviewing in a while and I am glad I did. Much of what I love about receiving review books is that it exposes me to so many stories that I would not have picked up by myself.

Esperanza is a girl growing up in a poor LA barrio who wants more than what her current situation offers. It is an inspiring story of perseverance, and I really liked how this story focuses on the ma
Miguel Diaz
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sandra C. Lopez is a fresh voice from the barrio. In her first novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, Lopez chronicles the life of young Esperanza’s turbulent family life in Hawaiian Gardens.

The main character Esperanza, through a first person narration, walks us through a four-year period of her life in a poverty-stricken and gang infested neighborhood. The novel is centered around Esperanza’s observations and thoughts of her barrio life and on her high school years. On her fist day of high school,
Livin' la  Vida Latina
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Bela M.
Member of Livin'la vida Latina

Review: What can I say? I loved Esperanza--her personality, her voice, her sense of humor, but most of all, her inner strength to become somebody. Like many Latino youths, Esperanza comes from a poverty-stricken home marked by domestic abuse, alcoholism, gangland connections among her relatives, and a saddening absence of hope for the future. When Esperanza enters high school, she faces bullies, the peer pressure to meet low expectations, and t
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sanda C. Lopez's delightfully written debut novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, follows a Mexican-American girl through four turbulent years of high school in east Los Angeles in the late 1990s.

From the beginning, Esperanza Ignacio commands admiration and respect. She stays true to herself despite the demands imposed on her by a controlling single mother, two needy younger siblings, and several not-so-admirable friends, relatives, and classmates, who try to badger and bully her in unproductive dir
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Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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"Esperanza is an admirable and too real story of many Latino youths lacking role models, who find themselves lost and isolated in the paved jungles of the inner cities and overwhelmed by the dissonance of barrio life. Sandra C. Lopez has created a resilient and likeable character, Esperanza, who seems closer to a naked truth-seeker than to a barrio kid-desperately trying to get out of a crappy world, but not knowing exactly where she was going to. Highly Recommended." --Andrea Alessandra, Univer ...more
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A story of a Mexican teen who wants more than her old barrio is offering.
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Sandra C. López is one of today's influential Latina authors in Young Adult literature. Her first novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college. Since then she has published several other books, including the Single Chicas series. She was named as one of "2011 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch" by Latino Stories, and her book, Beyond the Gardens, wa ...more

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