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From the writer of the Double Threat Series and More Than a Friend Request comes a story of a girl just trying to figure out what it means to be herself with out any labels.
The title caught me on this one and I had to read it. From the first page, you can't help but feel for Gabby who is being bullied by Reyna. I still can't figure out why she even stayed friends with Ally who is just as bad if not worse, but I guess Gabby is a better person than I am. What I really liked is that she totally stuck to her values and didn't change for anyone. I think a lot of people could learn from her. Great read...and the love story with Michael made it even better. Karla is funny and would have totally been friends with her. :) BTW...had to read Esperanza Rising after this and I loved it, just like Gabby!
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Posted October 8, 2014
Reviewed by: Celia
Rating: 4 stars
Review: Gabby is smart, driven, and tired of being ridiculed over who she is by BOTH sides of the equation. She is stuck between being called “white” and a “wetback.” Seriously, how’s a girl to feel? Where should she fit in?
If you were to define “Mexican-American,” are you more Mexican or more American? How can one tell? According to Reyna, being “smart” means acting “white.” So Mexicans can’t be smart? Being American means you’re “white”?
The best line came from Gabby: “What am I? That’s such a dumb question. I’m human. That’s what I am. What is he really asking? Where am I from? What is my cultural background? What does ‘what are you’ even mean?” (60)
It seemed like everything Gabby did she was offending someone. Well, most of us know what it’s like to offend people with your “existence” –and it makes it that much harder to be yourself. Well, screw ‘em, I say. I really liked Gabby. She was funny, charismatic, and intelligent. She was definitely a sweet nerd I could relate to, especially when it came to boys. That’s why I was surprised that she let these people get to her. She should be who she is and not listen to anybody—words I offer to everyone.
However, as smart as Gabby was, she still had to learn something about her tormentors. At first, I thought Ally and Reyna were just mean, little girls; but then you take a closer look at them and realize that they are just human like everyone else.
The story was all about finding out who your real friends are and the kind of person you want to be. It mostly read like an After School Special in that light-hearted “eat your veggies, brush your teeth” kind of tone. I also thought that the ending was a tad bit surreal; the way everything was resolved was very “Disney-esque” in which all the pieces seem to fit perfectly and merrily. It SO does NOT happen that way in reality. Still, this was a good YA book—quick and enjoyable.
Posted March 15, 2012
I love this book! I was laughing the whole time I was reading it. You Act So White is everything you could ever want in a book. There is romance comedy and most of all drama. I could not put this book down the whole time I was reading it. You should read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.