In the book Lupita reflects on her early childhood in Mexico as well as her transition to moving to the United States. At the core of her memories is her close-knit family - sharing their moments of joy right along with their sibling squabbles. Early on there are glimpses into the discovery that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer, and readers wait along with Lupita to see if treatments will be successful. Parallel to worrying about her mother, she is also growing up and considering what her goals and dreams are.
The glimpses into Mexico, as well as general cultural references with her family on both sides of the border frequently brought smiles to my face as I could connect to the experiences. I always love snippets of different languages seamlessly integrated into English, and García McCall effectively accomplished this (while also providing a glossary of explanations at the back of the book). In addition, Lupita's character was endearing - I was proud of her for so many reasons.
This is a special, special book. I can't wait for my daughters to enjoy it someday when they are also on the verge of discovering who they are and what they want for their lives.
*Electronic Net Galley version provided