Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.
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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Modern-day Romeo and Juliet? Not exactly true, because you see, in Romeo and Juliet, both families were rivals. But in this story, both families were just plain different, that’s all. So, I think they kinda got the blurb all wrong. But I quite enjoyed the story, especially the main character, Alma. She was headstrong and she knows what she wants in life. Furthermore, she has a very over-protective father, but she stands up for herself, without going overboard, or being too rude.
The whole book was also based on illegal immigration, and I feel that that was what made me attracted to the book. I’ve always wanted to learn more about this issue as it’s quite important in our modern society. Unfortunately though, the main guy character wasn’t quite as good as Alma. I felt that he likes to make decisions on his own, without even consulting her. And he said that it’s for Alma’s own good, or to help her out. But I kinda wish that he would listen to her more, instead of panicking and doing the stupidest stuffs.
And that ending. It was rushed, and it felt like the author wanted to quickly end the book. So halfway throughout the ending, I was just a little bit lost, and I have to admit that I ended the book in frustration.