Just Like Us

Just Like Us

The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America

Book - 2009 | 1st Scribner hardcover ed
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This book offers a powerful account of four young Mexican women coming of age in Denver, two of whom have legal documentation, two of whom who don't, and the challenges they face as they attempt to pursue the American dream. Here the author 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. As the girls attempt to make it into college, they discover that only the legal pair see a clear path forward. Their friendships start to divide along lines of immigration status.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416538936
Call Number: 305.86872073 T519j 2009
Characteristics: viii, 387 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 14, 2019

I learned a lot from this book, comparing the lives of student who are legal and those who are trying to become legal was very enlightening. I feel even stronger that we need a path to citizenship for those undocumented people who are here, to have them live for decades in a hopeless underground while they are working and paying taxes is just not right. We also need to have a rational immigration policy and border security but these people in limbo almost have to break the law in order to work, rent an apartment, get a library card, buy a car, ride a bus, go to the dr, go to college, etc.
Even thought it is a few years old it is more relevant than it was when it was written.

DBRL_ReginaF Jul 10, 2018

Even after the Dream Act, it seems that this topic is just becoming more relevant rather than less. The comparative struggles of immigrants to first generation Americans is stark. These four young women were so similar. They were all high achieving and basically lived the "American" lifestyle. The difference was that two were here legally and two were brought here as very young children.

ArapahoeStaff17 Jun 12, 2017

This non-fiction book follows four young Mexican-American women. Two were born in the United States and two were undocumented. These women are all high-achieving students but the undocumented students must face an uncertain future as they struggle to afford college and advance in American culture. An eye-opening read that takes place in Denver.


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