WE WERE HERE by Matt de la Peña

WE WERE HERE

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

The emotional diary of a teenager, Miguel Castañeda, sentenced to one year in a group home and to keep a journal. Miguel always dreamed of writing a book, so, haunted by the tragic events that changed his family forever at his apartment in a poor neighborhood in Stockton, Calif., he immerses himself in the production of this diary. Using slang language, the soft-spoken Miguel becomes “Mexico” as he speaks out about the depressing atmosphere of his new “home,” the Lighthouse, and the relationships he develops with two juvenile delinquents, Rondell and Mong, who share the house with him. Miguel’s diary recollects their adventurous journey running away along the California coast heading south to Mexico, the beauty and the grief of their homeless days and nights, his encounter with “Flaca,” a Mexican girl he falls for but who betrays him, and the moment that he stands at the border of Mexico and tries to answer his unresolved questions about his own cultural identity as a mixed-race teen. A story of friendship that will appeal to teens and will engage the most reluctant readers. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-385-73667-1
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Delacorte
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009




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