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Hudson Valley Mediterranean gWho is easily influenced by all the luxury novelties which she had at her disposal The book can be bifurcated into 2 parts In the first part Cammi takes us on a tour of her daily life talking about how her mother rose to fame the kind of lifestyle she followed her culture the perceptions and opinions of the people had about her and her family etc Basically she paints us a clear picture of the typical life of a celebrity s kid The second half is where the actual plot comes in Cammie moves to LA after her mother lands a role in an American TV show Little did Cammie know how much of a revelation the move wasoing to be for her She Doing Democracy in Indigenen Gemeinschaften gets enrolled in a private academy Polestar The minute she steps inside the campus all she could smell see and hear was just one thing Racism Rather than fighting against it Cammie decides to play with it by assuming a whole different identity poor daughter of a domestic maid She tries to beat them racist friends at their owname by lying about her identity in a bid to fully understand their perception of Mexican Immigrants But how long could she hold the lie Despite its slow pace simple plot and various other shortcomings I feel that the author should be commended for throwing light on the kind of difficult life immigrant people lead every single day in the US The transition of Cammi s life was beautifully penned Juxtaposing the high life that she had in Mexico City with the hostile reception she The Secrets of Boys got in the US clearly displays the sickening racist attitude against the Mexicans in the US which persist till dateMost people might not find this to be an entertaining read but personally I always support authors who pick up some of the most pressing world issues as the theme of their novel I took this ARC from work when we received it and at first the synopsis really annoyed me when I read the back which appeared to be about spoiled rich kids and their problems Immediately my assumptions were like Ugh this isn t something I moing to relate to I m lad I stuck it out because it s a really sweet story about embracing your cultural heritage and staying true to who you areSince the author Veronica Chambers is of Panamanian descent she brings a bit of that multicultural influence which there are plenty of in this book The story concerns an affluent Mexican teenager name Cammi whose mother is a famous telenovela star and her father does Spanish voice over work for the movie and television industry within the country It s easy to be dismissive of the main character especially when she laments how difficult it is to be rich and how her family name is of a curse than a blessing However Chambers keeps her protagonist level headed and down to earth as she wants to be accepted by people for herself rather than her socio economic backgroundIt is interesting to note here that the author is writing about the experiences of someone who is from the upper class of the Hispanic culture where most novels concern Latinos who are either within the lower poverty income bracket or working class level This is a direct contrast to the typical struggles many of them face with topics like immigration racism poverty and stereotyping but again Chambers touches upon these issues in the book which really ives a different perspective in comparing two worldsAs the story continues Cammi s mother ets a major role in an American television show as a maid and the whole family moves to L A where Cammi reinvents herself as a working class teenager of domestic parents among her roup of elitist peers Like a fly on the wall she uickly learns that no matter who you are or how much money you have society is Il sale della vita going to make assumptions about you based upon your ethnicity and backgroundNow Irew up in a predominantly Hispanic community where the socio economic background ranged from low income to working class middle level status It s not uncommon to see my neighbors leaving our area to work in the high end
residential areas as housekeepers domestics ardeners and laborers Hell even my parents worked two jobs in factories and maintenance to areas as housekeepers domestics ardeners and laborers Hell even my parents worked two jobs in factories and maintenance to food on the table This is the world I was raised in Reading this book in some ways related to my experiences of the perceptions the public had of the people that lived in my neighborhoodThrough Cammi we uickly see that there are still oing to be plenty of the same assumptions and stereotypes as demonstrated by her classmates and it does ive her the realization that money doesn t always arner acceptance and respect On a side note I worked with a friend who also came from an affluent Mexican background and she refused to divulge this information to anyone but her close friends because she wanted to be treated as a regular person on an eual level rather than be treated differently because her family had money In many ways she was very much like the Cammi character who preferred to hang out with working class individuals than rich kids who preferred to boast about their wealth This is what helps round her and makes her relatable and approachable A definite plus in building the protagonist s characterIn short The Go Between was a fun uick read The writing
WAS SIMPLE AND BREEZED THROUGH IT IN A simple and I breezed through it in of hours However there are some basic themes ie socio economic status empathy building self esteem pride cultural etc that are touched upon in the bookI definitely would ive this one a shot. Itcom Her dad tries to find work but dreams about returning to Mexico And at the posh private Polestar Academy Cammi s new friends assume she s a scholarship kid the daughter of a domesticAt first Cammi thinks playing along with the stereotypes will be her way of teaching her new friends a lesson But the she lies the she wonders Is she only fooling herse. .
Mitates a Native American council by using a talking stick and calling out A ho after everyone speaks This novel also makes fun of multiple personality disorders as well in the narrative in a derogatory way Overall this is a story that I would avoid at all costs because it is offensive to those that are supposed to be represented in this novel This story could have been amazing if Cammi only educated and denounced her American friends who placed harmful stereotypes on her from the beginning But instead we received a story about a Mexican character who embraced these ross micro aggressions simply because she was bored 25 MehThis takes some time to Hiding in the Bathroom getoing Right when I was The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes, going toive up on it it picked upAnd it was fineBut the personal story was sacrificed for the social impact While I always appreciate have many layers to a story the personal The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories growth should always be the center come firstCami sp I listened to this so apologies for mis spellings is the daughter of a famous Mexican actress and lives a very privileged happy life in Mexico City There s just one thing she never knows who her true friends are Do people like her Her money Her mother The level of attention that comes with her She pays a price for this it weighs on herThen her mother decides to try her luck in Hollywood So the family moves to LA It s a pretty easy move they even fly in a private jet When Cami starts her new school though she realizes what it s like for no one to know anything about herHere s where it departs for me Cami allows her new friends to believe she s the daughter of a maid just on TV and aardener her dad is a voice actor he s voicing Iron Man for Mexico to live anonymously But instead of focusing on Cami s personal development during this time the story shifts to the socio economic issues that arise from this misunderstanding The author uses this to explore racism the immigrant experience among teens who are definitely trying to be better And this is worthy of examination She just loses the thread of how this taste of freedom could impact Cami on a deep life changing level And it s too bad Overall The Go Between is an entertaining story about a Becca and the Prisoners Cross (The Copernicus Legacy girl pretending to be someone she s not Camilla is the daughter of a famous Mexican telenovela actress her mom is the beloved star of Mundos sin Fronteras So she hangs with the RKOMC Rich Kids of Mexico City though she doesn t really feel like she fits in When her momets hired to shoot a pilot in Los Angeles Camilla s plunked down into a completely new environment a private school where everyone assumes she s a scholarship kid the daughter of a domestic worker When her secret is finally exposed she s hoping to have taught her new friends something about making assumptions Instead they re all mad at her her rich friends feel manipulated and an East LA student Camilla has been trying to befriend is furious that Camilla has been playing at being poor What I liked I was interested to read a YA contemporary that explores the intersections of ethnicity and social class Watching Camilla navigate her new environment was fascinating and fun in Mexico she knew she was super privileged but in the US she wasn t sure where she fit in and was fascinated at the way people made assumptions about her The writing was lively and the book included a lot of cool information about Mexico City and Mexican history architecture and food On the less positive side there was something about the narration that was distancing YA writing is usually not like about the narration that was distancing YA writing is usually not like in fact I d argue that YA writing is all about creating a tight bond between narrator and reader From the author s bio I can see that her prior publications were mostly memoirs which made a lot of sense to me This book did read a bit like a memoir I was always aware that I was being told a story I m not one of those people who thinks telling in a story is a mortal sin but this story did feel told and not shown The plot also felt a little like a sitcom comic with a problem that is set up and then uickly and easily resolved but maybe that was deliberateThat said The Go Between made me laugh and made me think It s an entertaining read that isn t the typical YA contemporary Read of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on Bloglovin The FTC would like you to know that the publisher provided me a free advance copy of this book that free books can be enjoyable or not and other readers may disagree with my opinion You can find the full review over at YA WednesdaysOverall this was a short fun read The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, geared towards the younger end of the YA spectrum At 200 pages and with many comparisons to Jane the Virgin this is perfect for 11 13 year olds If you are looking for an in depth analysis of the complex issues of Mexican immigration to the United States this is not it However if you are searching for a positive story about a youngirl s experiences as an immigrant to the United States then this is the right book for you Check out the *Full Review On The Blog *review on the blog del Valle Cammi is the perfect living example of the phrase Born with a Silver Spoon
Her mother is an established Mexican telenovela actress with a huge fan mother is an established Mexican telenovela actress with a huge fan Her father on the other hand is a renowned persona off screen for his voice over talent although not as popular as his wifeNeedless to say Cammi was privileged to live a high profile life in Mexico City But she isn t the kind of Dare Mighty Things girl. Theo to voice over talent for blockbuster films Hers is a world of private planes chauffeurs paparazzi and The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife gossip columnists Meet Camilla del Valle Cammi to those who know her best When Cammi s momets cast in an American television show and the family moves to LA things change and uickly Her mom s first role is playing a not so lamorous maid in a
Veronica Chambers ✓ 5 reviewI think my main problem with this novel was that it wasn t a story it was a long essay The book is written in the perspective of Camilla a Mexican irl who has recently immigrated to the US and the storytelling style while in the first person is freuently in the past tense and Eternal Quest goes off into tangents It felt devoted to dumping as much information on Mexican culture in one novel as possible rather than a story about airl who needed to check her privilege Camilla lies about her parents in an effort to see how racist her classmates can be because she was surprised to find that it is so Which makes me uestion how she could have been surprised when she herself says that she watches a lot of American media I could tell you how racist people I assume are in the US towards Indians just by the portrayal of Indian American characters Ignoring the fact that she doesn t even try to correct them and let racist stereotypes be perpetrated I The Widows Little Secret got an ARC of this thanks to Vine and I have one word regarding this book noActually I have than one word Sorry for lying and being just aseneral as the book itself is I ll do what it never did and be specific The Go Between is unusually short and that s because it s like a first draft that lays out in Resurrection Year general terms what happens in the book Incidents are discussed without much deta A telling of a life has immigrant from Mexico to the US Lack of style and a story that even if it touch an interesting and actual subject was just uninteresting by the amount of little facts and familly anecdotes Not really worth it in my opinion Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my reuest for a free digital copy in exchange for a review The Go Between is an okay book It s not a spectacular book nor is a bad one It s just your run of the mill okay Plot The book seems plotless and meandering and there didn t seem to be any plot development Will the plot did meet the 5 basic elements It was very weakly done I have a seriousripe with the repetitive use of i race and ii mental illness as a plot device With respect to race race relations are poorly handled in the book The two major side characters say a number of racist and prejudicial things before the conflict The explosive conflict which centres not only on lying but also on being racist and prejudicial is extremely basic and feels like the MC was looking for a scape The Fire Within (Rockford Fire Department goat instead of owning her actions viz I only lied because you were racist In addition there is the woke writer s words not mine white boy whooes by the name of White Max to ive Black Max a way out of being indented by his race This is an example of i a white saviour complex where whites need to rescue black kids and ii the co opting a a term which originated in the African American community in order
describe the experiences the oppressor This in essence denies Black Max of his own experience There is also the use of the Native American tradition of the spirit stick which is co opted by rich white kids as meansTo Describe The Experiences
OF HOISTIC COMMUNICATION I REALLY DON T KNOW WHEREhoistic communication I really don t know where begin with that one The Go Between had such promise when I first picked up the novel and managed to finish it in one sitting It was a uick contemporary novel showcasing the life of a teenage heiress whose parents are both celebrities in Mexico They are living a comfortable live in Mexico until Cammi s mother ets an acting job in LA uprooting the family to Tame an Older Man (Harlequin American Romance, go live in America There Cammi attends a new school where students place stereotypes on her because of her Mexican nationality and in order to maintain a front Cammi accepts and plays along with these harmful stereotypes for funIn the beginning this book had so much potential when it follows the life of Cammi when she lives in Mexico But once she moves to America the stereotypes micro aggressions and cliche tropes were inserted into the novel in a frankly insulting way Yes immigrants do have to deal with the endless amounts of disgusting comments said by racist people but this novel took it to a whole other level when showcasing it in the narrative This novel does not haveood Latinx specifically Mexican representation In fact I would encourage Latinx readers to avoid this novel because it contains such ross language that the main character played along with for funRather than denouncing the American characters racist comments and views Cammi simply accepts what they say and pretends to be a poor high school immigrant for the sake of living up to the American s views on Mexicans She plays along simply because it s fun and she knows that no matter what the high school kids think she is privileged thanks to her wealthy parents This is incredibly harmful because the main character takes the entire novel to tell her friends that they acted racist towards her for majority of their friendship By playing along with the stereotype of being a poor Mexican immigrant simply because she can Cammi is insulting people who are poor and have to face derogatory comments thrown their way every day because of their class and ethnicity Rather than educating her friends from the start about how they are racist towards Mexicans Cammi lets them spew out hurtful comments about Latinx throughout majority of the novelNot only does this novel perpetuate insulting stereotypes towards Latinx people it also appropriates Native American traditions when the American high school 5 hours and 30 minutesFans of Jane the Virgin will find much to love about this coming of age novel from bestselling author Veronica Chambers who with humor and humanity explores issues of identity and belonging in a world that is ever changing She is the envy of every teenage irl in Mexico City Her mother is a A Miracle, A Universe glamorous telenovela actress Her father is.