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"A funny, perceptive, and much-needed book telling a much-needed story." (Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times best seller Little Fires Everywhere

First-generation American Latinx Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

Liliana Cruz is a hitting a wall - or rather, walls.

There’s the wall her mom has put up ever since Liliana’s dad left - again.

There’s the wall that delineates Liliana’s diverse inner-city Boston neighborhood from Westburg, the wealthy - and white - suburban high school she’s just been accepted into.

And there’s the wall Liliana creates within herself, because to survive at Westburg, she can’t just lighten up, she has to whiten up.

So what if she changes her name? So what if she changes the way she talks? So what if she’s seeing her neighborhood in a different way? But then light is shed on some hard truths: It isn’t that her father doesn’t want to come home - he can’t...and her whole family is in jeopardy. And when racial tensions at school reach a fever pitch, the walls that divide feel insurmountable.

But a wall isn’t always a barrier. It can be a foundation for something better. And Liliana must choose: Use this foundation as a platform to speak her truth, or risk crumbling under its weight.    

©2020 Jennifer De Leon (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Stunning, funny, inspiring

Expertly crafted, accessible and so important and timely. I loved it, my teenager kids loved it, my parents loved it — everyone needs to read this book!

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Ya te tardaste en leerme

I didn’t know what I was going to get in this book, or where it would take me.
May I say, I loved everything about it. The storyline is excellent the narrator does a wonderful job being the story to life.
As a reader/listener we are transported to the world Jennifer De Leon created. Not once will you say, okay let’s love this along. On the contrary, you will rewind and want to catch every word

Excellent book and highly recommended.

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A wonderful read from cover to cover. The characters are genuine and offer a different perspective on a typical high school coming of age story. A valuable look at the importance of diversity.

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LOVE IT

Such a great book. It’s so real and deep. This book touches on topics that are sensitive but real to so many Latinx and Black families. Families from many backgrounds, all experience these kinds of problems and often times we keep it to ourselves. To read a book that expresses what so many of us have experienced in real life makes this books so much more meaningful. I for one am so glad I found and gave this book a chance. I highly recommend for all teen and adult readers.

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An important story... just didn't grab me

This book was a delight and the narrator was really good! For me, it was a good book to have on the background but the plot didn't grab me. I think it is because I tend to read fantasy, so might be just me.

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It didn't answer all the questions, and that is what makes it great!

Because this story is about Lillyana, a High School freshman starting in the Medco program aimed at inner city Boston kids to expose them to more resources, more incredible views, and the broader world around them does not answer all the questions about race, class and socioeconomic conditions not to mention how it affects High School interactions and actions makes this story more realistic and relatable. I fell in love with each character by the end of the story. It is a universal story, no matter which character you relate to or why. And as in real life, there is no tidy now at the end. Sometimes you have to keep moving

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A Must Read for all wannabe Allies

An Enlightening Insightful and Easy read. It evoked Emotions: I laughed, got chills and felt tears throughout.

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Beautiful story

This was exactly what is needed today. Truth, raw honesty, and passion. Very well written and read.

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Entertaining and Enlightening

What starts out as the classic fish-out-of-water, adjusting-to-a-new-school story turns into something with more depth and nuance than that. Jennifer De Leon does a great job of balancing typical teenage struggles (dating, insecurities) with the more complicated issues of immigration, race, and class. It's an entertaining novel that takes you inside the narrator's world. Ines del Castillo does a truly amazing job of narration.

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Great Novel

This novel was beautifully written! Jennifer De Leon captures experiences that help readers understand pressure and reality teens can encounter in school.