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I generally like memoirs of people who had to endure hardships growing up. Last year, I read Undocumented: a Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (by Peralta), and I enjoyed that. That book felt authentic in a way that this did not. Something was missing in the Guerrero book. Maybe her co-author did too much writing, as many of the words and expressions did not ring true. I learned what happened to Diane Guerrero, but she never really came alive on the pages to me. It felt like this was written for an audience of young girls, and it was probably pretty effective for them. But I am an older man, and I got about 60% of the way through this and did not care enough to finish.
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Learned a lot from this story about deportation and children left behind wen the parents are sent away, and was pretty surprised to find that our country would let these kids fall through the cracks. How disappointing! Did not like the narration at all, feeling it was way too over the top. Also, the story seemed a bit slow moving.
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I loved this audiobook especially because it was narrated by Diane Guerrero herself. It had the right amount of humour, social commentary, and honesty (although I suppose it mighg be a bit triggering for people suffering with self harm issues). Of course we all choose the things we share and things we keep to ourself, but by sharing some of the pretty and the ugly times, thoughts and emotions, she created a multidimensional portrayal of herself that make me like her as a person even more and makes me excited to see what the future holds for her in terms of acting and her activism. All in all, i was hooked by this great read!
Would you consider the audio edition of In the Country We Love to be better than the print version?
I didn't read the print version
What did you like best about this story?
I really enjoyed how Diane used her story to highlight all the problems with current beliefs around immigration (illegal or otherwise). It also came across as honest and down to earth.
Have you listened to any of Diane Guerrero’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven't listened to any other audio books by her but I do enjoy her in Orange is the New Black.
What did you like most about In the Country We Love?
It was amazing to hear Guerrero tell her story in her own voice. She has a beautiful, modulated voice and you could hear her joy at her highs and her devastation at her lows.
What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Country We Love?
The image of young Diane scared and hiding under her parents' bed was a very powerful one.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The senior recital, when she really realised how much being on stage meant to her.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, it would have been hard to digest in one sitting.
Any additional comments?
There were a lot of tense, difficult moments in the story along with some joyful ones.
Must read for all. This is a great story that needs to be heard for those throughout the world.