Don't Ask Me Where I'm From eBook ↠ Me Where

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From eBook ↠ Me Where Firstgeneration American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly allwhite school But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a standFifteenyearold Liliana is fine, thank you very much It’s fine that her best friend, Jade, is all caught up in her new boyfriend lately It’s fine that her innercity high school is disorganized and underfunded It’s fine that her father took off again—okay, maybe that isn’t fine, but what is Liliana supposed to do? She’s fifteen! Being left with her increasingly crazy mom? Fine Her heathen little brothers? Fine, fine, fine But it turns out Dad did leave one thing behind besides her crazy family Before he left, he signed Liliana up for a school desegregation program called METCO And she’s been accepted Being accepted into METCO, however, isn’t the same as being accepted at her new school In her old school, Liliana—halfGuatemalan and halfSalvadorian—was part of the majority where almost everyone was a person of color But now at Westburg, where almost everyone is white, the struggles of being a minority are unavoidable It becomes clear that the only way to survive is to lighten up—whiten up And if Dad signed her up for this program, he wouldn’t have just wanted Liliana to survive, he would have wanted her to thrive So what if Liliana is now going by Lili? So what if she’s acting like she thinks she’s better than her old friends? It’s not a big deal It’s fine But then she discovers the gutting truth about her father: He’s not on one of his side trips And it isn’t that he doesn’t want to come home…he can’t He’s undocumented and he’s been deported back to Guatemala Soon, nothing is fine, and Lili has to make a choice: She’s done trying to make her white classmates and teachers feel comfortable Done changing who she is, denying her culture and where she came from They want to know where she’s from, what she’s about? Liliana is ready to tell them

10 thoughts on “Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

  1. elena elena says:

    april 2, 2020

    i don't think anyone will ever understand how happy i get when central america is being represented in a young adult novel. as a first-generation salvadoran-american, part of my culture wil

  2. destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] says:

    This is honestly one of the prettiest covers I've EVER seen on a contemporary book and I think I need it in my life

  3. Reading_ Tam_ Ishly Reading_ Tam_ Ishly says:

    FYI, Despacito is not annoying.

    And yes, I am glad how Spanish is taking over TV.

    Variety, you know!

    As long as we enjoy the art 💯

    This book is just multicultural a

  4. Nenia ☀️ My Snark Is Worse Than My Bite ☀️ Campbell Nenia ☀️ My Snark Is Worse Than My Bite ☀️ Campbell says:

    For a moment, I thought the blurb in the GR giveaway said, Don't ask me for an advanced reader copy.

    And I was like, Wait.

  5. Dianne Dianne says:

    DON’T ASK ME WHERE I’M FROM by Jennifer De Leon is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, a young teen is dealing with excelling in her diverse, inner city neighborhood. After being offered the opportunity to atten

  6. Mayra Mayra says:

    I must confess I began reading this book and did not stop until I read the last word.

    Looking back on my reading of the book made me aware of the different lenses I used throughout the story.


  7. Eileen Eileen says:

    I found this story to be both compelling and informative as we got to look at living in American through the eyes of a Latinx main character who is trying to navigate living in two different worlds. Liliana Cruz is att

  8. Karina Karina says:

    Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★
    Don't Ask Me Where I'm From is a fantastic debut from De Leon that follows Liliana whose navigating a new school when she's accepted into the METCO program! Character-driven, introsp

  9. Kathy Kathy says:

    Interesting story of young immigrant girl thrust into unfamiliar surroundings and how she adjusts. Lol I is a strong female character and inspirational. Good story that held my interest.

  10. Solace_In_Reading Solace_In_Reading says:


    Why have I not seen this book being hyped up?!!! It looks amazing and highly relatable.

    Wow. That excerpt on Riveted by Simon Teen was AMAZING. I cannot wait to read the entire book

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