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Review of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter audiobook

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
by Erika L. Sánchez; read by Kyla Garcia
High School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/18
8 CDs    9.7 hrs.    978-1-5247-8224-5    $60.00

When her older sister, Olga, dies, Julia discovers Olga was not the “perfect Mexican daughter” everybody thought she was. Julia, who longs to be a writer and leave her poor Chicago neighborhood behind, must decide whether she should keep Olga’s secret or tell her parents the truth, all the while fending off her own depression and her mother’s unrealistic expectations. Julia’s sardonic wit results in laugh-out-loud moments, which balance the intense mother-daughter arguments. Garcia’s engaging reading adds new dimension to the book through her expressive voices (Julia is prickly yet vulnerable) and individual accents for each character.

From the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards.

Julie Hakim Azzam About Julie Hakim Azzam

Julie Hakim Azzam teaches in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh. While her academic specialization is on literature from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, she has a passion for children’s literature and has been interviewing children’s authors for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for many years.

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