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We Were Here by Matt de la Pena
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Sep 02, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: reluctant-readers, youngadult

de la Pena has a clear picture of the part Hispanic character who is on the outskirts of his community or his family - desperately trying to find some worth within himself and possessing a talent (sports related) and a chracter trait that makes him heroic.

We Were Here follows that formula with Miguel, a half Mexican, half white kid in a group home for juvenile delinquents. Through his journals, the reader starts to piece together the puzzle of his life as he tries to forgive himself for his crimes.

I intuitively knew what Miguel did early on in the book, even if Miguel doesn't openly say it until the end, so I found myself looking for chinks in the de la Pena armor. He does a good job of keeping it hidden, but since I was doing that while reading, Miguel didn't stay with me as much as Danny (Mexican White Boy) or Sticky (Ball Don't Lie)stayed with me. Mong - now that was a character that intrigued me!

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