When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican

by Esmeralda Santiago
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When I Was Puerto Rican 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
DP_From_Bklyn More than 1 year ago
Although I never lived in PR, I remember my parents talking about it and remember experiencing some of the things that Esmeralda talks about when visiting my grandmother years ago. I found myself laughing out loud on the subway. I love the way she interjects the Spanish words throughout the book. I knew all of them. I would recommend this book to anyone who grew up in a Puerto Rican family!
NYC_B00KW0RM More than 1 year ago
I read this when I was younger and fell in love with this book. My family also comes from a Puerto Rican background. I just love how Esmeralda puts her words into writing. I read the book in less than two days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and reading this book brought back so many memories. I feel that it was my life written in this book. The author and I lived similar experiences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i never knew i would actually finish this book. never judge the book by its cover.
AllisonMarie More than 1 year ago
The story and characters in this book have stayed with me for years. This book was required reading for a college course and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Santiago writes with such depth that you feel as if these are your own experiences. A beautiful, honest look at relationships, culture, and family.
mc76NYC More than 1 year ago
History and cultural studies can sometimes be stiff and dull. But when told through the humorous stories of individual persons and their families, that same history and culture becomes alive and we can relate to it on a personal level. I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it. Santiago has a nice writing style.
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RaymieS More than 1 year ago
                           When I was a Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago  Growing up with a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to wear and a great school to attend. I am very privileged and lucky to have a mom and dad that works hard to provide for me. Unfortunately, there are some children in the world that have no running water, no roof over their head, children such as Negi, from When I was a Puerto Rican.  Growing up in Puerto Rico during the 1960’s Negi the oldest of seven, experiences many life changing moments. Raised by poor unmarried parents who were constantly fighting with each other, Negi was practically left with her mother who is determined to give her children a better life. This leads her mother to Brooklyn, New York. At first, it was hard for Negi to adapt to her new life style, but Negi was eager to prove that she could learn english and the american culture. She said " I can do work. I good student. I learn quick. You see notes."   Throughout the book, you see Negi grow up. From taking care of her brothers and sisters to becoming a senorita. This book clearly states the theme of independence. I can’t imagine what people have to go through especially those like Negi. I thought I had a bad life but clearly I don't. I give them credit to start all over again and leaving the ones they love behind. At first, I thought this book was going to be one of those boring memoirs about someone's life, but I was wrong.  When I was a Puerto Rican taught me to be appreciative, and made me realize that they’re are people out there in the world who have worse problems than me. So, whenever I think that I’m having a bad day, I will remeber that there are people out there in the world that are having even worst days. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I Was Puerto Rican is a memoir of Esmeralda Santiago.  She is growing up in Puerto Rico learning life lessons and also going through difficulties.  While she was growing up she learned many life lessons.  The first lesson she learned in her childhood growing up in puerto rica was learning the proper way to pick and eat the guava.  She also had many difficulties throughout her life in Puerto Rico and one of them was when she entered the classroom she was attacked with comments and she was underestimated.  After she was put down she later then tried her best to become better and improve.  Later then she tried her best and became a student who had honors at Harvard. I myself liked this book because while I was  reading this book I tried to put my self in her shoes and imagine how I would feel if I were her.  Thinking about that situation in class I knew if I were her I would hate to go to school knowing this It taught me not to put people down or underestimate a person because of their abilities.  This book taught me many life lessons that can make me a better person and that is why I love this book.
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