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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2017, kindle-reads-worth-owning, tears-were-shed, fiction, kindle-reads, worth-a-reread

This was such a lovely, unexpected read. Poignant & powerful, Henriquez's prose is hauntingly beautiful. A tale about guilt & love & forgiveness, I loved all of the characters, specifically Maribel & Mayor & the relationship that blooms between them. I really enjoyed all of the POVs & believed deeply in the Alma & Arturo standpoint & how much they sacrificed so their daughter could have a chance to start over again. This is a great example of what it means to truly heal after tragedy & how to let go of the pain that you endure of hating yourself/feeling guilty for so long. I would reread this in a heartbeat (after I dig through my TBR list a bit more). The only reason why I didn't give this the full 5* is because of the minor character's POVs; while they never became distracting, I do think they were short & would have liked them to have been more drawn out, to play a larger role with the MCs. Highly recommended!! I am so glad I found this through my GR friends- sometimes the best books are the ones that were never on your radar in the first place.
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Reading Progress

March 30, 2017 – Started Reading
March 30, 2017 – Shelved
April 2, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
April 2, 2017 – Shelved as: kindle-reads-worth-owning
April 2, 2017 – Shelved as: fiction
April 2, 2017 – Shelved as: tears-were-shed
April 2, 2017 – Shelved as: kindle-reads
April 2, 2017 – Shelved as: worth-a-reread
April 3, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Melissa (last edited Apr 03, 2017 12:00PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Melissa Agreed . . . this one took me completely by surprise.


Trevor I was completely blindsided with emotions! You know a book is strong when it hits you in the gut & shatters your heart. So glad I gave this a chance.


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