We Were Here
- Author: Matt De La Pena
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
- Published: October 2009
- ISBN-10: 0385736673
- ISBN-13: 9780385736671
- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 2009
- Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
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Miguel has just been sent to Juvi, and asked to keep a journal so a psychologist can figure out how he thinks. Miguel is supposed to live in a group home for the year, but he has other plans. Together with his new friends Rondell and Mong, Miguel plans to escape to Mexico, crossing the entirety of California to get there, and leaving behind his mother, his brother, and the crime no one will forgive him for. (Ages: 14+).
The emotional diary of a teenager, Miguel Casta-eda, sentenced to one year in a group home and to keep a journal. Miguel always dreamed of writing a book, so, haunted by the tragic events that changed his family forever at his apartment in a poor neighborhood in Stockton, Calif., he immerses himself in the production of this diary. Using slang language, the soft-spoken Miguel becomes "Mexico" as he speaks out about the depressing atmosphere of his new "home," the Lighthouse, and the relationships he develops with two juvenile delinquents, Rondell and Mong, who share the house with him. Miguel's diary recollects their adventurous journey running away along the California coast heading south to Mexico, the beauty and the grief of their homeless days and nights, his encounter with "Flaca," a Mexican girl he falls for but who betrays him, and the moment that he stands at the border of Mexico and tries to answer his unresolved questions about his own cultural identity as a mixed-race teen. A story of friendship that will appeal to teens and will engage the most reluctant readers. (Fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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