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Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman
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Jan 30, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ya, 2010-release, arc
Recommended to Tara by: Janet
Read on April 17, 2010

I think adults and young adults both will enjoy this novel. Dani is an Argentine teenager. A terrorist attack took her aunt's life in 1994 and her life has never been the same since. The peso is worthless, her father has lost his business and with it his self esteem and all desire to get out of bed and leave the apartment. Her friends are leaving for "greener pastures" in America or Israel and Dani thinks she has hit "rock bottom."

Her parents decide to immigrate to America, but upon arrival, Dani wonders if life is going to improve. Tho the location is new, her parents are the same. Her father is temperamental and refusing to work, her mother is the provider and Dani finds herself taking on more responsibilities than a teenager should. Her boyfriend, Roberto is somewhere in Miami and she doesn't even know if he is her boyfriend anymore. To top all that off, kids in school aren't always nice, especially to a foreigner wearing hand me downs. However, Dani makes the most of her situation and befriends a boy with Asperger's syndrome and plans to attend a school dance. If only she could do something about her dad's depression...

A good story about modern day immigration. The heroine is very likeable and has a certain spunkiness that comes to the surface at times especially when she slaps a bully in school. The only reason I am not giving this book a five star rating is because at times, Dani has too much self pity. I get that she is tired of eating eggs every night (omelettes) but at least there is food on the table and I wanted to kick her dad's arse.
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Reading Progress

04/17/2010 page 50
17.92% "A little heavy on the self pity at the moment but it has caught my interest."
04/17/2010 page 130
46.59% "Takes me back.. I remember my high school hallways.. (shuddering at the memory)"

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Susan (aka Just My Op) Another good one!

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