Title: We Are Not From Here
Author: Jenny Torres Sanchez
Genre: Contemporary (Young Adult)
About the book: It follows 3 kids in Pulga, Pequeña, and Chico who attempt to make the journey from their hometown in Puerto Barrios all the way to the United States.
I received an advanced review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I was looking forward to this novel as the premise sounded interesting and different from other books I’ve read. I like the title as well as the cover, both capture the essence of the story.
Characters: I adored the main protagonists. They are easy to relate to and likeable. I saw parts of myself in many of the characters. They develop so much, changing in such profound ways.
“I guess sometimes lying to those we love is the only way to keep them from falling apart.”
Writing: The point of view alternates between Pulga and Pequeña. I loved the short chapters because they helped to build suspense and made me want to keep reading. The whole story is beautifully written but so heartbreaking at the same time. I enjoyed the Spanish words and phrases sprinkled throughout.
Final thoughts: I wasn’t sure what to expect with the ending, but I think Sanchez did a great job overall.
I highly recommend We Are Not From Here. It’s such a timely, relevant read that will have resonance for years to come.