Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern senator, has never wanted for much - except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two years old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There's too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she's an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission? What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one's family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.
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Is this really her first book?
If this is a first book, it's very, very good. I could feel the anxiety and intense fear of the characters. The story moved along at a good pace and the lives of the people were believable.
While one could call it a coming of age story, it really is unlike other stories in that the mixture of the cultures creates a different level of teen-age angst.
I have not heard her read other books, but she did a fantastic job with this one.
I listen to books from home to work and back again. I looked forward to getting into the car so that I could continue with the story. I could have listened at home - but I wanted to enjoy the book without interruption.
Good story, unexpected levels of tension and interaction. Congratulations on a great book.
young readers will find this interesting
- Lonna McGrath