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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

Fifteen-year-old Liliana is fine, thank you very much. It’s fine that her best friend, Jade, is all caught up in her new boyfriend lately. It’s fine that her inner-city high school is disorganized and underfunded. It’s fine that her father took off again—okay, maybe that isn’t fine, but what is Liliana supposed to do? She’s fifteen! Being left with her increasingly crazy mom? Fine. Her heathen little brothers? Fine, fine, fine. But it turns out Dad did leave one thing behind besides her crazy family. Before he left, he signed Liliana up for a school desegregation program called METCO. And she’s been accepted.

Being accepted into METCO, however, isn’t the same as being accepted at her new school. In her old school, Liliana—half-Guatemalan and half-Salvadorian—was part of the majority where almost everyone was a person of color. But now at Westburg, where almost everyone is white, the struggles of being a minority are unavoidable. It becomes clear that the only way to survive is to lighten up—whiten up. And if Dad signed her up for this program, he wouldn’t have just wanted Liliana to survive, he would have wanted her to thrive. So what if Liliana is now going by Lili? So what if she’s acting like she thinks she’s better than her old friends? It’s not a big deal. It’s fine.

But then she discovers the gutting truth about her father: He’s not on one of his side trips. And it isn’t that he doesn’t want to come home…he can’t. He’s undocumented and he’s been deported back to Guatemala. Soon, nothing is fine, and Lili has to make a choice: She’s done trying to make her white classmates and teachers feel more comfortable. Done changing who she is, denying her culture and where she came from. They want to know where she’s from, what she’s about? Liliana is ready to tell them.

Titulo:Don't Ask Me Where I'm From
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781534438248
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Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, August 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University, and a GrubStreet instructor and board member, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and Michigan Quar


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  • elena

    yeah, this wasn't ithooray for representation!! (black rep, colombian rep, dominican rep, salvadoran and guatemalan rep, etc.) but other than that, this book was really boringas a central american, i ...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    FYI, Despacito is not annoying. And yes, I am glad how Spanish is taking over TV. Variety, you know! As long as we enjoy the art 💯This book is just multicultural amazing! One of the best YA contemp...

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    This is honestly one of the prettiest covers I've EVER seen on a contemporary book and I think I need it in my life ...

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    For a moment, I thought the blurb in the GR giveaway said, "Don't ask me for an advanced reader copy."And I was like, "Wait."...

  • Mayra

    I must confess I began reading this book and did not stop until I read the last word. Looking back on my reading of the book made me aware of the different lenses I used throughout the story. 1. First...

  • Sharon Velez Diodonet

    "I'm just saying that yeah, you may feel annoyed having to press one for English or whatever. But imagine how annoyed you'd be if someone came and kicked you off your own land and told you that your l...

  • Dianne

    DON’T ASK ME WHERE I’M FROM by Jennifer De Leon is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, a young teen is dealing with excelling in her diverse, inner city neighborhood. After being offered the oppo...

  • Eileen

    I found this story to be both compelling and informative as we got to look at living in American through the eyes of a Latinx main character who is trying to navigate living in two different worlds. L...

  • Ris Sasaki

    3,5 🌟The first half of this book deserves the trash. The writing style was awfully bad, the pacing was odd and the whole plot was boring at its best and dragged too much. But the second half (espec...

  • Sabrien Abdelrahman

    My review for Don't Ask Me Where I'm From is available at The Young Folks....

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