From the jacket of the book:
“Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.”
But who is Yaqui Delgado? Piddy has no idea – or any idea what she’s done to piss her off.
At first, Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she has never met and how to balance her honors classes and weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the drama escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take its toll. Is there a way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? How does anyone survive bullying?
This book starts off with a bang and keeps going as we read about Piddy Sanchez. She goes from straight A honor student to scared and desperate over the course of weeks as she is harassed, threatened and bullied by Yaqui Delgado. Piddy is sure that if she takes the high road she will be able to avoid the drama that she is being dragged into but she’s considered not Latina enough (she ‘s Cuban and Dominican yet referred to as “white”) she’s new to school and feeling displaced as her best friend has moved away and has a new life and friends and is just trying to be a good girl for her mother, who harbors a secret about Piddy’s father.
I would recommend this book for anyone who may have become a target of a bully. Piddy tries to employ common sense and reason as she deals with the misguided anger of Yaqui but time after time she is treated as if she were the problem and her actions resulted in sigh worthy consequences. The mom in me wanted to grab Piddy by the shoulders and demand that she share her secrets with her mother, single mother Clara, who wants her daughter to be more than a chusma and have a better life. Even Clara’s close family friend and confidant, Lila, can’t get Piddy to crack and tell her mother what is going on. Recalling my days as a teen, I remembered how tight-lipped I was with my mom even when things were going great and allowed myself to relax as I read.
While reading I felt myself holding my breath hoping that Piddy would be able to come up with a strategy to best Yaqui. Supporting characters in the book add some relief from Piddy’s harassment and gave some space to her interactions to Yaqui and the troubles she was having in school.
Relating this to real life, I wonder if I will be a bit more sensitive with the children I come on contact with daily if they have a similar struggle?
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