Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Book Review: In the Country We Love ( Spoiler alert)

Title: In the Country We Love 
Author: Diane Guerrero
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher:Henry Holt & Company Publishing 
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Henry Holt & Company Publishing 

Heartbreakingly tragic, raw,  and filled with emotion. This book brings to light an major issue facing America today.  No matter what your stance on immigration is this book will make you think. This book is incredible. I can't say enough about this book. It was a wild ride. I can't remember the last time I read a memoir cover to cover in two days.

Diane Guerrero, who you may recognize from the popular TV shows like Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She tells the story of her parents' deportation and the effect it had on all of their lives. My heart broke for Diane over and over again as she opened her soul up to her readers.

She was only fourteen years old her parents were deported,  at an age where you should be more concerned about friends than immigration. She is left to try and survive on her own, when the government forgets about her. It is important to remember that she was born in America, and is a United States citizen. That is just mind boggling.

Thankfully she had incredible friends that were willing to take her in, ensure that she continued her education. She never would see her parents in the United States again. After years of hiding, she had the courage to tell her story

Another thing I loved about this book was that every chapter had a personal photo from her life, it made it feel more real seeing her grow up. The book is written in a very casual tone. This might be a problem for some readers but I really enjoyed the casual voice and occasional text speak.

Overall this book is a must read. I recommend this to anyone. I would also like to thank Henry Holt for sending me this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Goodreads Book Description: 

Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.

In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told. Written with Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families like the author's and on a system that fails them over and over

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