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Just Like Us The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America ( CD)

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Format:  CD
ISBN-10: 1611200148
ISBN-13: 9781611200140
Sku: 223737439
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.5H x 5.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  9
Age Range:  NA
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Just Like Us tells the story of four high school students whose parents entered this country illegally from Mexico. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States, and all four want to live the American dream, but only two have documents. As the girls attempt to make it into college, they discover that only the legal pair see a clear path forward. A coming-of-age story about girlhood and friendship, as well as the resilience required to transcend poverty, Just Like Us is also a book about identity. The girls, their families, and the critics who object to their presence allow the reader to watch one of the most complicated social issues of our times unfurl in a major American city.

To write JUST LIKE US, Denver journalist Helen Thorpe followed four teenage girls of Mexican heritage for four years, tracking how their dreams collided with politics and racial identity. Because Clara and Elissa are legal U.S. citizens, their futures offered opportunity and education, but their best friends, Marisela and Yadira, are illegal immigrants, which places severe limits on what they might achieve. Combining great human empathy with in-depth analysis of the immigration issues at play, JUST LIKE US offers a personal look at how young Mexican-Americans cope with the complexities of their adopted country.


"Thorpe does a masterful job of exploring issues of class, race, and culture in the American amalgam through the lives of four young Mexican women." (starred review) - Vanessa Bush 08/01/2009

"Thorpe...brings a journalist's eye to her story. Her narrative is quick-paced and full of incident and clamor. Like her predecessors, she goes across the border to bang around in trucks and cough in the dust clouds. Yet her attention to ambience and detail lends a vibe that is enriched by her empathy." - Luis Urrea 12/20/2009

"[A] deeply affecting tale of four Mexican girls from poor immigrant families....[Thorpe's] thought-provoking and fluently written chronicle is a major work of narrative journalism..." - Andrea Gollin 12/27/2009

"Like her subjects, Thorpe straddles two worlds: she is both a journalist and the wife of Denver's mayor. Despite the occasional lapse in bland civic boosterism, she is meticulously observant, always attuned to the poignant ironies of her topic." 01/04/2010

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