These three characters deal with first loves, overbearing adults, heartbreak, yearning to escape where you come from, and the complications of money and class as they search for who they are. Julia is dealing with her sister’s death and the secrets she left in her wake in Erika L. Sánchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. In Chris Struyk-Bonn’s Nice Girls Endure, Chelsea tries to keep to herself to make it through the tough days until her isolation is challenged by a new friendship. And in Renée Watson’s Piecing Me Together, Jade is determined to get out of her poor neighborhood, despite the obstacles she is faced with as she tries to find her voice and her place in the world. Moderated by Gesse Stark-Smith of Multnomah County Library.
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