Title: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Author: Erika L. Sánchez
Rating: 4/5 ⭐
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have read this one if I had known some of the topics discussed. I found myself sobbing in the middle of the night because I could barely take it. I have suffered from Depression for as long as I can remember and some of Julia’s feelings when she was at her lowest hit much too close to home for comfort. It brought back memories of a time I don’t want to go to.
That being said, I obviously think that the author did a fantastic job of portraying an individual with Depression/Anxiety. The book also covered a lot of other tough topics like death, body image issues, poverty, teenage pregnancy, and of course being Mexican-American in America. Honestly, I thought Julia sometimes came across as fat-phobic and while I understand as a teenager she was grappling with her own body image issues but I thought the author could have done a better job of somehow explaining why making fun of her fat aunt is problematic.
This book was not at all what I thought it was going to be about going in but it handles a ton of really serious issues that teenagers will deal with but adults act like they aren’t mature enough to handle. They will have to handle them so shouldn’t we try to equip them for those situations? I would highly recommend this book to all teenagers, unless it might be too triggering.