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Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
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Jun 02, 2009

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bookshelves: fiction, multicultural, war, young-adult

I guess I either love or hate Alvarez' work. I really liked In the Time of Butterflies and How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, but I really disliked Saving the World (it had great potential, but...). This book is good for teens because it shows what life is like for the oppressed. My problem with the book is the convention Alvarez uses to teach the reader of this oppression. Anita (Alvarez said she chose the name to honor Anne Frank and Anita keeps a diary like Anne)is young (both literally and figuratively with her innocence) so that her family has to explain everything to her (but they are really explaining it to us the reader). It works okay for a young reader. I liked the book enough to try other YA books she has written.

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Mhill7857 Kel, I am listening to this book right now. I love the fact that Alvarez narrates this story.

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