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Julia was never the favorite child. That was her sister Olga, the one who is now dead. The one who left her family shattered.
This book just broke my heart over and over again. READ IT.
There have been very few books and very few characters that I could relate to. I immediately clicked with Julia. She is the younger sister, the one her parents either overlooked or pecked at. She didn’t fit in with the rest of her family and she wants to escape her current life.
She is a sensitive girl. She doesn’t always have the best grasp over her emotions and she doesn’t know why. Other tell her to get over it and she keeps all those feelings bottled up inside. I don’t know what it is with Latin families but this was something that was drilled into me from a very young age. Tears were meant for the bedroom, locked away where no one else could see.
We are trained to keep everything hidden away that I remember snapping a lot when I was younger. I could relate to Julia’s “tantrum”. She wasn’t the most likeable character, she didn’t have an ideal YA family. Her story felt very authentic.
For so long all she ever thought of was leaving her poor Chicago life, after her sister’s death it made her rethink everything she thought she knew about Olga. Julia struggles with wanting to know everything about her sister, feeling suffocated in her own neighbor and having such a drive to get accepted into college. This was a beautiful coming of age story.
I absolutely loved this book. I am so happy that I finally read it. I can’t wait to own a physical copy.
I gave this book an A.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.