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Mexican High: A Novel
     

Mexican High: A Novel

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by Liza Monroy
 

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The daughter of an American diplomat, Mila has spent her childhood moving from country to country. When her mother is reassigned to Mexico City for Mila’s senior year of high school, Mila has no idea what to expect. Mexico seems to be a country with the ultimate freedoms: the wealthy students at her private international school—the sons and

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The daughter of an American diplomat, Mila has spent her childhood moving from country to country. When her mother is reassigned to Mexico City for Mila’s senior year of high school, Mila has no idea what to expect. Mexico seems to be a country with the ultimate freedoms: the wealthy students at her private international school—the sons and daughters of Mexico’s ruling class—party hard at exclusive clubs, dress in expensive clothing, and see more of their housekeepers than they do of their globe-trotting parents. But Mila has more in common with them than they know: her father, whose identity has been kept from her, is a high-ranking politician with whom Mila’s mother had a one-night stand in her hippie days. Now Mila is determined to discover who he is, whatever the cost may be.

Mexican High
is a coming-of-age story about identity, belonging, and first love. In a setting rife with sex, drugs, and political corruption, it is also a revealing look at elite Mexican society and its freedoms, dangers, and excesses. Monroy’s flawless evocation of the brink of adulthood, in many ways mirrored by the turmoil of Mexico City itself, makes this a truly memorable debut.

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“Liza Monroy, wise beyond her years, brilliantly portrays the highs and lows and loves of school life, the episodes we’ve all experienced and never forget. Spirited, harrowing, and utterly compelling, Monroy’s captivating voice will be with you long after you’ve finished reading.”
—Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

“Liza Monroy’s coming of age story set in Mexico manages to be hot, hilarious, and heartbreaking—all at the same time. A stunning debut.”
—Susan Shapiro, author of Lighting Up and Five Men Who Broke My Heart

“Liza Monroy has a magical voice, the kind that makes you want to read the next sentence and then the one after that to see what turn her writing will take next. She is observant, funny, and curiously wise about the culture we live and flounder in.”
—Daphne Merkin, author of Dreaming of Hitler and Enchantment

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385523608
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Liza Monroy, the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, spent her high school years attending an international school in Mexico City. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Jane, and other publications, and she was recently awarded a residency by the Kerouac Project of Orlando. She lives in New York City.

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Mexican High 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lrinluv More than 1 year ago
This book is so different and so freakin amazing! i loved it so much. it was so thrilling and entertaining. if you like reading books about the world around them and not just about your own little world in the U.S then you should definitely read this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really really liked it! i couldnt put it down!!
mgr More than 1 year ago
The author lived in Mexico City for a few months, attended an American school, visited a few bars and restaurants and after that believed she had become an "expert" of the mexican culture, particularly in Mexico City. Ridiculous. The book is completely predictable and full of stereotypes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is very predictable - typical high school new girl goes from being awkward and disliked to getting into the inner circle and having "revelations" how they don't have it as easily as everyone else thinks. duh. the author tries to enliven things by using languid, wandering prose to describe main character's drug trips but once in enough - not once every chapter! yes, i get it, the characters are using drugs as an escape - no, i don't need it written out 17 times. this book is terrible.