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Americanized by Sara Saedi
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it was amazing
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Engaging and heartfelt memoir about growing up in the US in an undocumented immigrant family. The author addresses her family's cultural differences and the fear that comes with being stuck in legal limbo, but the book isn't a primer on those subjects, it's a personal story of her life, with plenty of anecdotes about crushes on boys and embarrassment over acne.

I found the setting particularly interesting. Sara Saedi grew up in the San Jose area and talks about San Francisco, the Peninsula, the South Bay, and Santa Cruz. Her extended family was both large and close-knit, thanks to the aunts and uncles who also settled down in Northern California.
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Sara Saedi
“Getting good grades and being accepted to a respectable four-year college topped my priority list. My focus on school was a side effect of battling stage-four ICGC, also known as immigrant child guilt complex. This is a chronic disorder that affects only children of immigrants, who experience a constant gnawing guilt for the multitude of sacrifices their parents made to bring them to the United States. There is no cure for ICGC, but treatments include making your mom and dad proud. I knew as a teen that my parents had gone to great lengths to give me a better life, and killing my brain cells didn't seem like the most thoughtful way to return the favor.”
Sara Saedi, Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card


Reading Progress

March 21, 2018 – Started Reading
March 22, 2018 – Shelved
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: library
March 22, 2018 –
page 81
28.13%
March 23, 2018 –
page 169
58.68%
March 24, 2018 –
page 259
89.93%
March 24, 2018 – Finished Reading

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