Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza does not start off as a very likable girl, which makes getting into the book hard. I just did not like her, and didn't find any of the other characters all that compelling at first, so hard to move forward. That is unfortunate, because overall the book is quite good, depicting the immigrant experience, and the sacrifices that people make to have a better life for their children and families. It is very far from my personal history, so in that way it transports me into someone else's shoes. It also is timely in the current political environment, where some are trying to lay blame at the feet of immigrants for the situation they find themselves in, which is regrettable. Maybe this will change some minds.