Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9781508268116 $19.99
Narrator Yareli Arizmendi offers listeners this timely exploration of a once undocumented Latina's coming of age. She tells us the intensely personal details of Reyna Grande's childhood and teen years in a clear, sensitive voice. Grande came to the U.S. at the age of 9 in search of her parents, who had left her in Mexico when they came to Los Angeles for better lives. What she finds is not what she expects. Arizmendi helps us feel the child's pain at her parents' divorce and her father's abandonment, as well as her fear of moving away as the first college attendee in her family. Through love, loss, ambitions raised, and then thwarted, we hang on through every chapter, secure that we are in the hands of a confident, unflinching narrator, well suited for this gritty story of eventual triumph. M.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2018]
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