Audiobook Hitlist: Your Soundtrack For the Week

A (sometimes) weekly post in which I share an audiobook recommendation to add to your hitlist rotation.

Review: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

This. Book. I was such an incredible tangle of emotions as I stumbled along with Julia on her path. The book starts with a bang, and it’s an uphill climb the whole way; never boring, often heartbreaking, always engaging. Sánchez’s bio says, “Since she was a twelve-year-old nerd in giant bifocals and embroidered vests, Erika has dreamed of writing complex, empowering stories about girls of color – what she wanted to read as a young adult.” She has absolutely succeeded in doing just that with this story.

I’m trying to come up with a way to be concise and articulate, but I just want to ramble incessantly. I loved this book. It was intense, and Julia’s voice was powerful and strong, even when she felt like her world was falling down around her. I loved the glimpse into the culture and the family dynamics. And the narrator helped to bring all of these aspects to life beautifully. Several times I found myself taking the long way home just to listen for a few more minutes. There is no question in my mind as to how this book ended up a finalist for the National Book Award.

Highly, highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

Listening Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

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  1. So wonderful to see how much you loved this novel. It’s not so strange that people make the person they lost to be perfect because they want to remember the best times and traits but it’s not fair on the remaining siblings though.. Sounds interesting !

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  2. Fantastic review I love audiobooks and I really like the sound of this one.

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