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Posted May 14, 2014
PRAISE for ESPERANZA! "Esperanza is an admirable and too re
PRAISE for ESPERANZA! "Esperanza is an admirable and too real story of many Latino youths lacking role models, who find themselves lost and isolated in the paved jungles of the inner cities and overwhelmed by the dissonance of barrio life. Sandra C. Lopez has created a resilient and likeable character, Esperanza, who seems closer to a naked truth-seeker than to a barrio kid-desperately trying to get out of a crappy world, but not knowing exactly where she was going to. Highly Recommended." --Andrea Alessandra, University of California, BerkeleyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"Sandra López is a fresh and resonant voice from the Hispanic rainbow." --Ray Michael Baca Author-"Brotherhood of the Light"
Posted June 24, 2013
Reviewed by: Bela M. Member of Livin'la vida Latina Review: W
Reviewed by: Bela M.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Review: What can I say? I loved Esperanza--her personality, her voice, her sense of humor, but most of all, her inner strength to become somebody. Like many Latino youths, Esperanza comes from a poverty-stricken home marked by domestic abuse, alcoholism, gangland connections among her relatives, and a saddening absence of hope for the future. When Esperanza enters high school, she faces bullies, the peer pressure to meet low expectations, and the tremendous possibility that she, too, will become just another Latina dropout. Esperanza has no role models and no home support, but she finds strength she did not realize she had and fights against obstacles to fulfill her dreams. You can't help but root for Esperanza as she struggles to find her place in this world.
Not only does this book have an inspirational message for our Latina sisters, but it is also laugh-out-loud funny! I especially loved the overbearing mother. It totally reminded me of my own.
Filled with unforgettable characters and a voice enriched with a raw, teenage voice. We definitely need more books like this out there!