“My mouth watered at the thought of sinking my teeth into a sweet, fluffy concha…

“My mouth watered at the thought of sinking my teeth into a sweet, fluffy concha de chocolate.” 💙

Another 5 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ pick from calbookclub ! I read along last month and got to hear writerreynagrande speak with the group! Moving and compelling memoir about a young girl growing up in Mexico with her siblings after her parents leave for El Otro Lado, America. The three siblings endure hardships while living with their grandmothers and then we eventually get their immigration story as they move to America. The parts where they are in Mexico and yearning for their parents, who leave for the chance to secure a better life for the whole family, are heartbreaking. I’ve had friends who were separated from their parents for some years and the reunification can be difficult and this memoir captures that experience so well. It also gives such a realistic experience of a child who immigrates to a country where you don’t know the language or customs and it’s often other children of your own ethnicity who mock you and belittle you. But through all the hardships and obstacles, we know Ms. Grande ends up achieving so much, including this memoir. It is also very much a memoir full of hope and resilience. We are on to our next book now so check out calbookclub to read along! 💙



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