I read the YA novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in one day - it’s been on my list for awhile & I’m glad I got to it. The book covers important and timely issues related to mental health, immigration, and religious and cultural issues that first generation Americans face. I definitely identified with the main character as I also grew up with overprotective parents who among other things, didn’t want me attend an out-of-state college (well, they also couldn’t afford it).
The story follows Julia Reyes, a 15-year-old Mexican-American girl growing up in Chicago. After the sudden and tragic death of her sister Olga, Julia is suddenly put on the spotlight, being compared to her sister who was perfect in her parents eyes. But as Julia deals with the grief of Olga’s death, she soon learns that perhaps her sister wasn’t as perfect as she seemed.