Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Don't Ask Me Where I'm From” as Want to Read:
Don't Ask Me Where I'm From
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  53 reviews
First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

Liliana Cruz is a hitting a wallor rather, walls.

Theres the wall her mom has put up ever since Lilianas dad leftagain.

Theres the wall that
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Simon Schuster Audio
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Don't Ask Me Where I'm From, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.33  · 
Rating details
 ·  75 ratings  ·  53 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Don't Ask Me Where I'm From
Apr 02, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
i don't think anyone will ever understand how happy i am to see that for once, finally, central america is being represented in a young adult novel. as a first-generation salvadoran-american, i feel like i'm finally going to be represented in a way.

please, jennifer. please do this right.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is honestly one of the prettiest covers I've EVER seen on a contemporary book and I think I need it in my life
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
For a moment, I thought the blurb in the GR giveaway said, "Don't ask me for an advanced reader copy."

And I was like, "Wait."
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2020
I must confess I began reading this book and did not stop until I read the last word.

Looking back on my reading of the book made me aware of the different lenses I used throughout the story.

1. First and foremost, how did the story compare with my Latinx lens, with a constant eye for using what I know about my culture, (my education, my family stories, or the stories of Latinx people I have met) to either believe or be turned off by the writing? How believable was this author? Check plus! There
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
DONT ASK ME WHERE IM FROM by Jennifer De Leon is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, a young teen is dealing with excelling in her diverse, inner city neighborhood. After being offered the opportunity to attend a special, mostly white school in an upscale suburb, Liliana faces not only being the new girl, but the discomfort of being different. What she does to cross the racial barrier teaches a positive lesson.

On the other hand, she also learns she is the child of illegal immigrants and it
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story of young immigrant girl thrust into unfamiliar surroundings and how she adjusts. Lol I is a strong female character and inspirational. Good story that held my interest.
Isabella (lives_in_ya_books)

Why have I not seen this book being hyped up?!!! It looks amazing and highly relatable.
I found this story to be both compelling and informative as we got to look at living in American through the eyes of a Latinx main character who is trying to navigate living in two different worlds. Liliana Cruz is attending a poor school in Boston when she gets into a ritzy mostly white school through a program called Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), a desegregation program meant to give non-white students from Boston's under-performing school districts more educational ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
actual rating: 3.75/5
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Liliana is a girl from Boston who gets the opportunity to attend a highly ranked school in the suburbs. Her parents signed her up for METCO and she finally gets in, but they are the ones who want this - not her. When she gets there, she sticks out like a sore thumb and not even the other METCO students want to include her.

The new school is just one more thing for Lili to deal with. Her father is gone - has been for weeks - and her mother is in a deep depression that keeps her in her room and
I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

A chapter in I wanted to stop and give up but I'm glad I kept going. Although the writing was uneven at times and topics are brought up and then never referred to again, this is an important young adult book to have available to our teens. It talks about immigration and living in a country illegally but also interracial dating and how to have friends different cultures and races.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed an ARC of this book from Netgalley. It was okay, definitely not my favorite, but I think my students willike it because it deals with the racism and division/segregation that goes on in schools, still even today in 2020. I needed a better ending though to give this one a higher rating.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has a beautiful cover and message. Im 3rd generation Mexican American, 41, and I have a daughter who is 16 so I felt like I should really relate to several aspects of this book. I was SO glad I was chosen to read an ARC of this book.

I have attended schools like both in this book and its pretty spot on. Theres a lot that both teens and adults dont understand about other races and cultures. People in general dont understand each other or have compassion for each other. I actually liked
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon is about a first generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz. She does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school, until her family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up. She must decide what she believes in and take a stand. There are a few walls in Liliana Cruz way such as her what her mom has put up ever since Liliana' dad left again, the suburban wealthy and white high school in Westburg she got accepted to is different ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lilianna lives in Boston with her parents and twin brothers, except her father has been deported back to Guatemala. Life is stressful at home with only one parent. When she is offered a place in METCO at a high school an hour away, Lilianna doesnt want to take it but mom makes her.
Its hard to fit in at a school where most faces are white. The ones that arent are skeptical about her. (Will she last or will she quit?). Gradually, Lili makes friends and even gets a boyfriend. She now is busy
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand. ~ From the Publisher
Similar to The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, this title lets the reader experience what it is like to be from a different culture trying to fit in to their school community. Ms. De Leons writing pulls the reader into Liliana Cruzs world and builds
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
15-year-old Liliana Cruz, has a lot on her plate. Heres her laundry list: best friend troubles, keeping her little brothers in line, dealing with her dad who always seems to be traveling, and trying to fit in at Westburg. Westburg is the wealthy, suburban, majority-white high school where Liliana has just been accepted. It is quite different from her inner city Boston neighborhood.

Liliana, is half-Guatemalan and half-El Salvadorian. So, she wonders, if maybe it would benefit her to change her
Terina Atkins
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dont Ask Me Where Im From by Jennifer DeLeon is a story that needs to be told. We need minority characters who arent perpetuating some of the negative stereotypes out there, and Lilianna is a great example. She is an American girl with Latinx blood living in the city with her parents and two brothers when suddenly she is accepted into the METCO program which ships in inner-city minorities to an all-white, uber-rich high school in the suburbs. Its her fathers dream for her to attend this school. ...more
Sarah Grace
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC of this book from a giveaway and Im being completely honest- I really enjoyed this book! Like, really enjoyed. Emphasis on really. This, if you know anything about me and my reading habits, is certainly an outlier because typically I really am not fond of YA books. But this novel was fresh and original and completely gripping! I finished this book in 24 hours and didnt regret a single moment of it! I resonated with the story and the writing style was relatable and had a good sense ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveways
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Emily A Naftzger
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There were a few points in this novel that I felt were too easily tied up or that simply lacked closure, but overall, it was a wonderful book. The vivid, but not-too-heavy description and emotional veracity made it a quick but engaging read. The characters are 3-dimensional and gloriously imperfect, the plot is well-paced and original, and the message is sincere without being preachy. As a teacher, the fact that this is a novel written about teenagers that manages to include relevant topics and ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the gorgeous book cover and read the email subject line from NetGalley The Hate U Give meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, I knew I had to read it. I couldnt put it down until I finished.

Lillianas story covers so many current events from immigration to the US from Central America to the fact that most schools are still segregated nearly 70 years after Brown V. Board of Education. The discussions started by Lilliana in class and by the group of students bussed into this
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
I loved this. Liliana is a great teen character, and I loved the focus on her and her family, and how it humanized the issue of her parents being undocumented and what it is like for a family to be separated like this. It would be pretty hard to read this and NOT be rooting for her father to make his way back to them. I also liked the portrayal of the racism in the suburban school, and how the minority students tried to combat it, but how they didn't "fix"
Vicki (sun.sand.and.books)
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars
I received an ARC of this from my local bookstore in exchange for an honest review
I have never read a book by Jennifer De Leon but I must say I am impressed.
I haven't read anything like this before. I think it is very relatable to what is happening in society today.
You really see how discrimination can impact someone, as well as their family. And how people struggle to fit in because of it.
I think this novel has a great lesson and it was very eye opening. I wished the ending was
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so relevant in todays climate and regarding the issues so many families face. Its about a Latinix teen, whose parents are undocumented immigrants from Central America, who receives a scholarship to go to a more affluent high school outside of her Boston neighborhood. It deals with issues of race/ethnicity and identity as well as the fears of deportation and family separation. I recommend looking out for this book when it hits the shelves May 5th.

Thank you to Netgalley for an
Pam  Page
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Readers can learn so much from Lili as she learns to navigate a new world in an affluent Boston school, an opportunity afforded to her that she is not sure is a good move to make. The idea of desegregation in schools is an interesting topic to consider while reading this book - who is best served by desegregation? But Lili is also struggling with her missing father, her mother who works hard but also worries a lot, and how to straddle the cultural lines between school and her home neighborhood. ...more
Marisa Enriquez
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read the promo blurb for this book I was really excited to get into the story. The writer draws you in with the up to date lingo and modern day details. I got hooked quick with the drama that is going on in Lilis life, and I read nonstop to get through the book as quick as possible. Even though the main character in the book is a teenager, an older audience will find it still worth reading.

This review is in exchange for a free advanced copy of the book from NetGally.
Beth Robertson
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get this book ARC through NetGalley. I thought the book was beautifully crafted. I learned so much as an educator and can not wait to share Lilis story with my students. She is a strong woman placed in a wealthy suburban school outside of Boston. She learns her familys story as she navigates through the perils of high school to find her own voice. There were a few unrealistic parts that as an adult I see, but not enough to distract from this wonderful novel. ...more
Daina Dame
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. Brought back my own personal memories, some I enjoyed and others I'd like to forget. I was able to not only connect with main character but could relate to some of the others. It was like I knew these people with diffrent names. This book felt comfortable to me. It is one I would recommend. Truly enjoyed this one.
Thank You #Netgalley for the opportunity to check it out early.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • What You Wish For
  • The Wife Who Knew Too Much
  • Admission
  • Hello, Summer
  • Clean Getaway
  • A Breath Too Late
  • Big Summer
  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
  • The New Girl (Gabriel Allon #19)
  • Until I Find You
  • Not Your Idol, Vol. 1
  • American Royals (American Royals, #1)
  • Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta's Academy, #1)
  • Diana: Princess of the Amazons
  • Catkwondo
  • Clap When You Land
  • Tell Me My Name
  • The Paris Library
See similar books…

Related Articles

In 2017, Vanessa Wye is confronted by a woman she does not know, asking Vanessa to join her in coming forward with allegations of inappropriate sex...
117 likes · 20 comments