They Could Have Named Her Anything
Racism, class, and betrayal collide in this poignant debut novel about restoring the broken bonds of family and friendship.
Every morning, seventeen-year-old Maria Anís Rosario takes the subway an hour from her boisterous and close-knit family in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side, where she struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students—un...more
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Trying to put into words of how I felt about this story...I didn't like it. I was highly disappointed. I felt like it jumped all over the place. I didnt like any of the characters. They were all messed up in there own little way. I'm glad this book wasn't that long otherwise ...more
This book grapples with the human condition in a modern urban setting. Maria is surrounded by concrete and expectations and cultural differences between Queens and her private high school in Manhattan. Few seventeen year-olds would navigate this gracefully, I think, and it all felt real to me--the selfish ...more
María Anís Rosario is 17-years-old and attending the elite Bell Seminary in Manhattan on a full scholarship. She lives in Queens with her parents and older brother in a loving, tightly-knit family. Her mother is from Ecuador and her father from Puerto Rico.
Maria is startled when fellow student Rocky Albrecht invites her to her fancy Upper East Side apartment ...more
The premise was incredibly tacky and gross.
This book lacked strong, well developed, interesting characters, there was no character development, the plot was barely there and slow moving.
The writing itself left A LOT to be desired (weird turns of phrases, synonyms that weren’t really synonyms). The ending was arguably the worst part.
Save it. Save your time and money.
The story was ok. It moved along with a good pace but the ending was crazy.
It just ended.
Sometimes the writting was boring where I wasnt even paying attention to what I was reading but some parts pulled me in.
Just wish the ending was in deed a ending.
What the fuck is this book even trying to say? What is the point? What is the story?
If I could bring myself to DNF books, I would've done so with this as soon as it became clear there was going to be a "relationship" between a 17 year old girl and a grown man.
There's a lot of casual, normalized, swept-under-the-rug, and even romanticized abuse, racism, ableism, misogyny, slut shaming, victim blaming, rape, and predatory men.
Told mostly from Maria's point of view, but also includes POVs from Rocky, Miguel, and Charlie. Maria's family is struggling financially, she is in an unhealthy relationship with her boyfriend, and she suffers from depression. Rocky's parents are going through a divorce, and she feels lonely and neg ...more
This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Do we? Like it is always said, we are each the star of our own movie, we are all the protagonist in our dreams. The people we spend the most time with often don't know us at all. That realization, that dynamic, is at the heart of this novel. Not just the idea that the grass is always greener but the idea that our deserts are someone else's garden.
As a former scholarship kid, I understood a lot of the things that Maria went through. The entire story was beaut ...more
This book literally read as the shittiest latinx slice of life ever.
First and foremost, there is Z E R O plot. Nothing is really happening for the entirety of the book other than shitty one-dimensional characters being shitty. I'm just calling it how it is. The author's overall goal with the narrative only becomes clear and apparent during the last two to three chapters.
But, I mean, what else do you expect when numerous mini topics and points of interest are introduced in 28 ...more
Maria is a bright high school student, but she makes so many unwise decisions in her personal life that I questioned her intelligence. Well, she is smart, but she is a teenager who ...more
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