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In the Country We Love

By: Diane Guerrero,Michelle Burford
Narrated by: Diane Guerrero
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Publisher's Summary

The star of Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country.

Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just 14 years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the US, Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.

In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told.

Written with best-selling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families like the author's and on a system that fails them over and over.

©2016 Diane Guerrero (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Moves very slowly

In trying to make a political point the author dwells on her own personal life and is very repetitive - left me feeling frustrated that she made the book about politics and not how little she did with her success to help her own family.

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Tone it down, lady! Geesh!

I appreciated the story, but the performance was annoyingly over-the-top. There were many times that I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking, "Good lord, lady. Tone it down. I understand what you're saying even without being so melodramatic." I would not recommend this book.

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In love with In the Country We Love

This book moved my emotions. There were so many moments I forced back tears. Diane narrated the book herself making it that much better & real!

Her struggles as a young girl in America with her immigrant parents shines a light on the pains many children of immigrants face today. She is the definition of resilience, bravery and I could not recommended this book more so buy it, you will not regret it. Its outstanding! I loved it.

Her struggles were not in vain and she is probably a better, stronger person in spite of them. This book is the voice of the often silenced child of immigrant parents. It is a compelling must read and I am blowen away by her story.

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Just loved it!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved that I was surprised at how invested I became in her journey! I didn't really know what to expect, but I found myself fighting for her in my head! Her story also shed a lot of light on immigration, but she throws in feminism in there too. I loved that she had a point to her book, but it wasn't in your face. In the end she does have a little soap box moment in her last chapter, but she was bringing her reasoning for writing the book up, and I enjoyed what she had to say!

Also, because she is an actress, she changes her voice with characters (not in an annoying way), and it helped me visualize and connect with what was going on. I'm so glad she read it, because I don't think it would've done the book justice with someone else reading.

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Probably good if you are a fan

I generally like memoirs of people who had to endure hardships growing up. Last year, I read Undocumented: a Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (by Peralta), and I enjoyed that. That book felt authentic in a way that this did not. Something was missing in the Guerrero book. Maybe her co-author did too much writing, as many of the words and expressions did not ring true. I learned what happened to Diane Guerrero, but she never really came alive on the pages to me. It felt like this was written for an audience of young girls, and it was probably pretty effective for them. But I am an older man, and I got about 60% of the way through this and did not care enough to finish.

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Amazing story

Diane's story made me cry at multiple times during this book. I am amazed at her perseverance and ability to retell her story. It was a truly inspiring book and I hope she's found the comfort she was looking for at 14.

Diane, your story is important to recount. I'm hopeful that with more stories such as yours, social issues ranging from immigration reform to mental health are spoken of more often. You are amazing.

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Tear jerker with some 'aww' moments.

Loved it, didn't struggle to finish it. Diane had my full attention. I had preorded the book & was hoping she would be narrating it, she did fantastic. This book is bittersweet, had me in tears, fully awake as I drove all night from Cali to AZ. Immigration reform wasn't a topic that interest me much, but after completing this book, it has me thinking about the families who have to go through this painful ordeal.

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Diane is more inconvenienced about her parents’ plight than victimized.

It’s a sad tale known all too well by far too many people looking for a better life. Everything that happens to Miss Guerrero’s parents is heart wrenching and it’s easy to sympathize with them. Diane tries to paint herself as the victim more often than not, but no matter what happens to her family (including her older brother and his child), it doesn’t detract Diane from the most important thing in her life. Herself. She’s a US citizen so she doesn’t have the lingering fear of deportation hanging overhead, but visiting her parents in their detention centers as they’re awaiting deportation is such a nuisance to her. As is maintaining contact with them as she gets disinterested in trying to change laws and fix the problem with the broken immigration system because, let’s face it, it’s interfering with her path to stardom. Her psychologist suggests she’s sabotaging herself by half heartedly trying to help her parents instead of enrolling in acting classes and getting discovered. It is a sad story and I truly feel very bad for her parents, but listening to this millennial’s misguided ideals makes you wish the book was only half as long as it is.

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Important Story and Captivating Read

What did you love best about In the Country We Love?

What I loved best about In the Country We Love is Diane's honesty and bravery. Her story isn't an easy one to share yet she does so in a way that is captivating. Diane's life experiences are from from anything I've known, but I couldn't listen to this story fast enough.

What about Diane Guerrero’s performance did you like?

Diane's performance is animated and full of life. It was also great to her her story in her own voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

While I didn't have any extreme reactions to this book, I did get chocked up when Diane retells the story about how she ended up all alone in the United States, without her parents.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic read, especially in light of current affairs.

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Most engaging and important work of 2016

This book is amazing. A word I overuse often, but in this instance is not an overstatement. Diane's narration brings so much warmth, depth, and heart wrenching authenticity to her already entirely authentic and haunting story.

I can't think of a single book I have read in recent years that I would recommend as highly. To hear her tell her story in her own beautiful voice is only a glorious bonus to what is already a desperately needed narrative.

I thought that her personal story of what her family endured was the best of what she had to express, but her informative call to action at the end of this work is a concise piece of political writing that stands alone, and should be required reading for every American, voting or otherwise.

I personally have been galvanized in my commitment to the cause of immigration reform, something I was admittedly already dedicated to forward, and I will be recommending this book to anyone and everyone that I can as we approach the 2016 elections. Regardless of your feelings on the subject, I would challenge you to read/listen to this book and not be changed in some manner.

Can't. Recommend. Enough.

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  • Jade
  • 01-11-22

incredibly moving and eye opening

Her story is moving and more impactful as read by herself- thank you Diane for your bravery in sharing! tw: immigration issues, depression, suicidal thoughts, self harm

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  • 11-30-20

Interesting

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was interesting, saddening and inspiring to hear her story

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  • Extraego
  • 11-10-19

Powerful

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Beautiful read by the Author. She really brought the story to life. I felt she was just sat talking to me telling me her story.

This story is powerful and very insightful to the struggles of undocumented families. At times I was shocked at how the family was torn apart and the far reach consequences. I was inspired by Diane strength and determination.

Very insightful to a very current topic.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 05-02-18

Yes Diane!

Incredible story, and it's great to hear it from Diane herself. Definitely worth a listen

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 12-05-17

Hooked!

I loved this audiobook especially because it was narrated by Diane Guerrero herself. It had the right amount of humour, social commentary, and honesty (although I suppose it mighg be a bit triggering for people suffering with self harm issues). Of course we all choose the things we share and things we keep to ourself, but by sharing some of the pretty and the ugly times, thoughts and emotions, she created a multidimensional portrayal of herself that make me like her as a person even more and makes me excited to see what the future holds for her in terms of acting and her activism. All in all, i was hooked by this great read!

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  • Paula
  • 06-02-17

An important story for our time

Would you consider the audio edition of In the Country We Love to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed how Diane used her story to highlight all the problems with current beliefs around immigration (illegal or otherwise). It also came across as honest and down to earth.

Have you listened to any of Diane Guerrero’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any other audio books by her but I do enjoy her in Orange is the New Black.

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  • Camilla
  • 08-15-16

Brilliant

Such a moving, hearbreaking and inspiring book. i couldn't stop listening and I emphatized with Diane's struggle but I also admired her courage. Not only did she survive without her parents to guide and help her, she chose to share her story with us and bring awareness to both mental health and immigration, which is so important. I recognise much of myself in Diane and I was often in tears when she described all the things she overcame. It is by far the best book I've listened to in 2016. Thank you, Diane.

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  • Phoebe Penny
  • 07-02-16

A heartbreaking and beautiful tale of her life.

I started this book a couple of days ago and I have just finished it. I cried, I laughed, my heart ached in good and bad ways, it hurt for the small 14 year old Diane and for the children out there who experience the same thing she did.

It hit close to home when she was talking about her depression and it shook me how she felt.

Her story is compelling and so sad and so beautiful. I will never regret listening to her read her book because it gave it something that reading words on a page would never give it. And I, for one, have been changed on a deep level because of it.

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  • Jenni
  • 02-10-17

Amazing to hear her tell her own story

What did you like most about In the Country We Love?

It was amazing to hear Guerrero tell her story in her own voice. She has a beautiful, modulated voice and you could hear her joy at her highs and her devastation at her lows.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Country We Love?

The image of young Diane scared and hiding under her parents' bed was a very powerful one.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The senior recital, when she really realised how much being on stage meant to her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it would have been hard to digest in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

There were a lot of tense, difficult moments in the story along with some joyful ones.

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  • Karla
  • 01-29-17

Wow

Must read for all. This is a great story that needs to be heard for those throughout the world.

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