Vivir el Dream by Allison K. Garcia
Linda Palacios crossed the border at age three with her mother, Juanita, to escape their traumatic life in Mexico and to pursue the American dream. Years later, Linda nears college graduation. With little hope for the future as an undocumented immigrant, Linda wonders where her life is going.
Tim Draker, a long-unemployed businessman, has wondered the same thing. Overcome with despair, he decides to take his own life. Before he can carry out his plan, he changes course when he finds a job as a mechanic. Embarrassed about working at a garage in the barrio, he lies to his wife in hopes of finding something better.
After Juanita’s coworker gets deported, she takes in her friend’s son, Hector, whom her daughter Linda can’t stand. While Juanita deals with nightmares of her traumatic past, she loses her job and decides to go into business for herself.
Will the three of them allow God to guide them through the challenges to come, or will they let their own desires and goals get in the way of His path?
Length: 382 pages
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My Comments (no spoilers): Vivir el Dream, addresses a key social and political topic—Dreamers—in an endearing way, as it follows the lives of the Main Character, Linda, and two other families, one of which is Linda’s. Woven within this story is the importance of making choices and how making a good or bad choice can drastically change the course of your life.
This book elicited raw emotion—I wanted to give one character a piece of my mind, my heart was torn open for another, and I cried for one. What I loved about this book is howAllison wrote a touching, page-turning story that placed me within the pages of her character’s lives. I felt as if I was sitting at the table with Linda, Hector, and Juanita.
I highly recommend this book for older elementary and up, especial Grades 7-12 for important class discussion. I give this book a 5-Star Rating!
Anne Norchi Iglesias has recently published her first book, “The Road to Long Beach and The Witch’s House”, a young adult, paranormal fiction. Besides six other book ideas, there will be at least four more books following the adventures of Anne and her sidekick Colleen, the main characters in The Road to Long Beach and the Witch’s House. Anne’s writing is geared towards young adult readers in grades 5 through 8. She is committed to writing good, clean novels that have a spooky, mystical nature about them, for the young adult audience. Anne lives with her husband and two of her five children in Central California.
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