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Publisher's Summary

Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college. Her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami, and amid a painful divorce, her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and older sister, a newly single mom, without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live. Amid this turmoil, Lizet begins college, but the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign to her, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns home for a Thanksgiving visit only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet's entire family. Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet is faced with hard decisions that will change her life forever. Her urgent, mordantly funny voice leaps off the page to tell this moving story of a young woman torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; it's the new story of what it means to be American today.
©2015 Jennine Capó Cruet (P)2015 Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By Roxann on 09-26-15

I would not recommend this book

The narrator is terrible. The story was.just alright. The word folded was used too many times. the flow of the story was not good. narrator paused too many times in the middle of sentences. I will avoid any books she is in.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenkintown family on 07-07-18

Great story! something for everyone!

loved it! great shared story for adults(parents or teachers) and teens alike. opens up conversation about what it means to leave home, be new somewhere else, and return home. especially good for first generation college families.

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